With the 2018 season coming to a close, we are providing year-end grades to each Detroit Tigers player who donned the Olde English D in 2018.
The Detroit Tigers 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 had a myriad of different infielders this season. We’ve graded shortstop Jose Iglesias (here), first basemen John Hicks (here), and Miguel Cabrera (here). Earlier today we evaluated Niko Goodrum (here) who was inspiring playing infield. Next we are grading Jim Adduci, who was uninspiring for the team.
It looked like Jim Adduci was going to close out the season riding the bench. When the Tigers benched him during Victor Martinez’s final series. Leading up to that he had three hitless games and at one point had a .172 BA over eight straight starts.
The Tigers brought on the veteran during the off-season on a minor league deal. He ultimately would stay in Comerica Park starting on July 2. He finished the season batting .267 with three home runs.
The veteran provided injury relief where the team needed it but that was the extent of his impact on the 2018 season.