With the 2018 season coming to a close, we are providing year-end grades to each Detroit Tigers player who donned the Old 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!
A handful of Tigers pitchers have already been evaluated, including Sandy Baez (here), Victor Alcantara (here), and Matt Hall (here). Next up we review a pitcher who is no longer a member of the organization-Chad Bell.
Bell only pitched 7.1 innings for the Detroit Tigers. He last pitched in April, and the Tigers optioned him to make room for Daniel Norris. At the time, Norris was coming off of the disabled list. Shortly after his designation the Braves claimed him off and ended his time with the Detroit Tigers.
Bell posted an 8.59 ERA in his short stint this season. His K-BB% was horrendous as well as he posted just a 9.4% in that category. The Tigers have a pitcher heavy farm system, so exposing Bell to be claimed wasn’t a tough decision for the team.