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 shuffled quite a few players through the left field spot last season, including Christin Stewart, Victor Reyes (here) and Mikie Mahtook (here). Next up we grade JaCoby Jones who had a much improved 2018 season.
Jones improving in 2018 isn’t saying much considering he had a horrendous 2017. His biggest improvement was on the defensive side of the ball. Our own Andy Patton broke down the most of his season nearly two months ago.
The Detroit Tigers already have a crowded outfielder and Jones has long been considered a rising prospect in the Tigers organization. For Jones, 2018 showed great improvements. However, the young outfielder still has great strides to make if he wants to be more than just a defensive player for the Tigers.