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Detroit Tigers: Players who need more work in the minors

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ANAHEIM, CA - JULY 30: Jake Rogers #34 of the Detroit Tigers gets his second hit of the game agaisnt the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the eighth inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on July 30, 2019 in Anaheim, California. Angels won 6-1. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)
ANAHEIM, CA - JULY 30: Jake Rogers #34 of the Detroit Tigers gets his second hit of the game agaisnt the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the eighth inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on July 30, 2019 in Anaheim, California. Angels won 6-1. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images) /
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The 2019 season for the Detroit Tigers has seen a lot of players getting the call to the big leagues, here are the players who need more work in the minors.

The 2019 season was a rough one for the Detroit Tigers, but we did get to see a lot of players in the organization perform at the big league level. There were a few players, such as Victor Reyes, who earned their stripes at the bigs, and then there were those who didn’t. Here are some players that could benefit from more work in the minors before appearing in the bigs in 2020.

Jordan Zimmermann

While he is certainly not new to the big leagues, this former all-star pitcher is having one of the worst seasons across the board for the 2019 Tigers, which is saying something. He is currently 1-12 with a 6.85 ERA and he is signed with the Tigers until the end of 2020, so unless he is traded or released, he will be with the squad next year. It may benefit the veteran to spend some time in Toledo to work out the kinks in his game.

Jake Rogers

Rogers came over from Houston in the Verlander trade and Detroit has since hoped he would be the catcher of the future. He finally got his chance in the bigs this year, but he definitely needs time to work on his hitting. He has displayed that he has what it takes behind the plate on defense, but his .127 batting average over 32 games indicates that he still needs some work before he is ready to hit in the bigs.

Bryan Garcia

Garcia doesn’t have a very big sample size yet, but he has struggled in almost every outing. The 24-year-old right-handed reliever currently has a 14.29 ERA in six appearances. Over this time he has only five strikeouts and just as many walks. Garcia is still young and has plenty of time to bloom into a great pitcher, but it looks like he’s not quite there yet. Some more reps in the minor leagues can help him develop his pitches further and help refresh his mentality.

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There are certainly more players on the Detroit Tigers who will see more minor league time in the future, depending on what the team does during the offseason. These players just stick out as the players who seem to be struggling more than others. Who do you think could benefit from being sent back to Toledo for more triple-A reps?

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