The Detroit Tigers have plenty of positions open this spring, as camp opens in just a few days.
Next Tuesday Detroit Tigers pitchers and catchers report to Lakeland for Spring Training. It signifies the return of baseball. While veterans are tuning up, there are a few vying for a spot on the major-league roster.
While the games don’t count, there are some players that are trying desperately to make the roster.
Prospects will try to impress new Manager Ron Gardenhire, hoping to get a spot on his opening day depth chart. Unlike years in the past, many starting positions aren’t set in stone. The rotation, bullpen, and outfield all have lingering questions.
The Tigers have gotten a few pieces in the off-season. Leonys Martin and Mike Fiers are favorites to make the team. Ryan Carpenter and Travis Wood were picked up on minor-league contracts, and will try to perform well enough to make the roster.
Likewise, young prospects will try to impress. Future Tigers Alex Faedo and Victor Alcantara are non-roster invitees. While it is improbable that they’ll make the roster, some prospects will get their first look at major league action.
Sometimes there are a few surprises. JD Martinez was cut by the Houston Astros in 2014, and became one of the most memorable Tigers in the past decade. Perhaps it could happen again.
Despite this, Spring Training means baseball is back. And it means there’s less than a month until the Tigers open against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday, March 29th.
Here’s a look at position battles to keep your eyes on: