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), Matt Hall (here), Chad Bell (here), and Shane Greene (here). Next, we are looking at the Tigers lone representative in the All-Star Game, Joe Jimenez.
Joe Jimenez started off the season strong for the Olde English D. He posted a 2.72 ERA and pitched well enough to earn his first All-Star bid. The second half of the season wasn’t as great for Jimenez who posted a 7.78 ERA after the break. He’d finish the year with a 4.31 ERA. A disappointing finish to a strong start, he’ll look to bounce back in the spring.
Jimenez has shown the Tigers organization that patience pays off. Hopefully, he continues that trend into next season.