Easily the best all-around option currently at the Detroit Tigers disposal, Mahtook has some five-tool potential.
He hit .276 with a .330 on-base percentage, a .457 slugging percentage, a .335 wOBA, a 107 wRC+ and a .181 ISO in 379 plate appearances last season.
The former Rays player also tacked on 50 runs scored, 38 RBI, 12 home runs and six stolen bases.
In a somewhat similar vein to Jones, it’s easy to get excited about Mahtook’s offensive production given a full season of at-bats.
Of the players mentioned in this list, Mahtook seems the most assured of consistent playing time in 2018. He could start in center field or at another outfield spot.
The 27-year-old was also Detroit’s best base runner last season with a 3.2 BsR.
Alex Presley/Andrew Romine/Tyler Collins
Given Mahtook and Nicholas Castellanos’ established places in the outfield mix—not to mention the presence of Jones and perhaps prospects like Gerber and Christin Stewart—Detroit could be staring at a bit of a log jam in the outfield.
If that is the case, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the team offload veterans like Presley, Romine and Collins in the offseason considering the trio don’t exactly fit with the franchise’s rebuilding outlook.
That being said, if the Tigers decide to keep the trio, one of them could share time with Jones or Gerber in center field.