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), Matthew Boyd (here). and Matt Hall (here). Next up is Daniel Norris who spent a good deal of 2018 rehabbing.
A groin injury strongly limited Norris’s playing time in 2018. The lefty pitched in just 39.2 innings with the Detroit Tigers while posting a dismal 5.22 ERA. The 25-year old is eligible for arbitration next year and according to a recent report he’s slated to pitch in Winter Ball to try and build up some endurance.
The lefty was considered to be one of the best acquisitions in the trade that sent David Price to Toronto. So far he’s struggled to establish himself with the Detroit Tigers.