The trade deadline has come and gone and the Detroit Tigers will be using the remainder of the 2019 season to experiment with their roster.
It’s no secret that the Detroit Tigers aren’t contenders. In fact, this may be one of the worst seasons that Detroit fans have ever seen. While this is not an enjoyable experience for most players and fans, it is ultimately necessary for paving the way to a brighter future for the club.
The trade deadline has come and gone, and the Tigers got three young pitching prospects as well as Travis Demeritte, who made his first major league start last night against Texas. Since the Tigers do not have a realistic shot at contending, the remainder of the 2019 season will be used to experiment with the roster and help young players get some major league experience.
Demeritte had a solid debut, going 1-for-2 with two walks and a stolen base. Jake Rogers and Tyler Alexander have also been promoted to the club recently, and the performances of young prospects will define the end of the 2019 season for Detroit as well as possibly impacting moves made during the offseason. A successful rebuild will involve both veteran players with experience and leadership qualities and young players who can grow and mature with the team.
The Tigers have plenty of prospects, so the rest of this season will be about finding which one of those prospects are good fits for the team moving forward. Players who don’t seem to be good fits will probably remain in the minors to be organization players, or shipped to other organizations for other prospects or established talent. It is unlikely the Tigers will be able to pick up any all-star talent, but there are always veteran free agents looking for a home.
It may be tough to see your favorite team losing all the time, but remember that it is all part of the process. Keep an eye on the minor leagues and prospects that are called up because many of these players will help define the team in the future. Which prospects and veterans do you think the Detroit Tigers should give a chance to?