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Detroit Tigers: Who’s hot and who’s not this spring

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PHOENIX, AZ - MAY 09: Miguel Cabrera #24 of the Detroit Tigers bats against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the MLB game at Chase Field on May 9, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
PHOENIX, AZ - MAY 09: Miguel Cabrera #24 of the Detroit Tigers bats against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the MLB game at Chase Field on May 9, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) /
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DETROIT, MI – SEPTEMBER 22: Alex Wilson #30 of the Detroit Tigers pitches against the Minnesota Twins during the eighth inning at Comerica Park on September 22, 2017 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images) /

Struggling at the Plate

James McCann: It’s been a rough spring both offensively and defensively for James McCann. The backstop is hitting just .185 with one extra-base hit in 27 at-bats. McCann has struggled mightily defensively as well, allowing six steals in seven attempts.

Mikie Mahtook: Expected to be the Detroit Tigers Opening Day left fielder, Mikie Mahtook has looked lost at the plate. Mahtook is hitting just .154 and has zero extra-base hits.

Even more concerning are the strikeouts. In 39 at-bats, Mahtook has fanned 11 times (28%).

Alexi Amarista: Another competing for a utility spot is Alexi Amarista. The veteran is hitting just .200, well behind his main competition, Niko Goodrum, and Ronny Rodriguez.

Amarista has always been known for his glove more than his bat. With even that slipping in Colorado last year, he could be left out of the Tigers plans come Opening Day.

Scuffling on the Mound

Mike Fiers: Detroit signed Mike Fiers this offseason to eat innings, but he has been battered this spring. The righty has a 9.53 ERA, but that’s only part of the story.

In 11.1 innings, Fiers has yielded 10 hits, eight walks, and four homers. Those numbers, plus a back injury, could see Fiers out of the rotation.

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Alex Wilson: Earlier this spring, Alex Wilson tried his hand at starting. The experiment did not turn out well, and now he’s back to the bullpen. No matter the role, Wilson has had a tough spring.

The right-hander has allowed 18 hits, 12 earned runs, four homers, and five walks in just seven and two-thirds innings. That comes to a 14.09 ERA, and 3.00 WHIP. Wilson needs to turn things around in a hurry to keep his spot secured.

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