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 final player we review was also signed by the Tigers on a minor league deal. It was also the second stint which Jacob Turner had with the team.
Turner was traded to the Marlins when the Tigers acquired Anibal Sanchez back in 2012. At the time he was the Tigers best prospect and top twenty prospects in all of baseball. The Tigers reunited with Turner in June when they signed him to a minor league deal.
He was brought up to the clubhouse after the Tigers traded Mike Fiers to Oakland. In his only start, he allowed seven runs and the Tigers DFA’d shortly after. That would be his sole start in the Motor City this season and he elected to become a free agent on October 3.