With the season drawing to a close, we are going to provide year-end grades to each Detroit Tigers player who donned the Olde English D in 2018.
The Detroit Tigers have nearly completed the first year of what looks to be a multi-year rebuilding process. While the team was hard to watch at times, there is still plenty to evaluate from this season as we look ahead to the next few years.
As with any team, there were a lot of excellent performances, surprise performances, and of course disappointing performances. Here at Motor City Bengals, we are going to be evaluating each player who suited up for the Detroit Tigers this season. We will analyze how they performed, what their future holds in the Motor City, and we will provide them a grade.
Note: the grade will be relative to what was expected of them. So a player who performed well above expectations may earn a B or an A, even if their actual season numbers are not that elite. If you disagree, feel free to drop us a comment. We would love to have discussions about these!
The Tigers have had twelve starting pitchers on the mound this season. So fare we have graded Jordan Zimmermann (here), Michael Fulmer (here), Francisco Liriano (here) and Matthew Boyd (here). Our next player is pitching prospect Matt Hall.
Hall started the season in the pen with Double-A Erie. It seemed like the club was starting to move on from the prospect as a starter. However, it used that as motivation to provide solid relief work and move his way back into the starting rotation.
He didn’t stop there either. Hall continued pitching strong and earned himself a promotion to Triple-A Toledo. He pitched his way into being a September call-up and earning the distinction of being the Tigers Minor League Pitcher of the Year.