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 infielders have already been evaluated, including Jose Iglesias (here) Dawel Lugo (here) Niko Goodrum (here), Jeimer Candelario (here), and Nicholas Castellanos (here). Next, we look at September call-up Harold Castro.
Castro received his big league call with just eight games left in the season. The 24-year old has bounced between minor-league teams in the Tigers organization since the team signed him as a 16-year old. He’s played every position except for catcher and catcher.
His greatest asset is his defensive versatility, as our own Andy Patton noted when the team called him up in late September. Over the six games which Castro played, he saw ten at-bats and ended up posting a .300 batting average.
While it’s a small sample size, it bodes well for how the Tigers are handling player development.