Detroit Tigers: Take a Sad Stat and Make It Better

DETROIT, MI - JULY 29: Niko Goodrum #28 of the Detroit Tigers celebrates with a foot tap with JaCoby Jones #21 of the Detroit Tigers after a 5-4 win over the Kansas City Royals at Comerica Park on July 29, 2020, in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI - JULY 29: Niko Goodrum #28 of the Detroit Tigers celebrates with a foot tap with JaCoby Jones #21 of the Detroit Tigers after a 5-4 win over the Kansas City Royals at Comerica Park on July 29, 2020, in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images) /
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DETROIT, MI – SEPTEMBER 14: Victor Reyes #22 (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images) /

Kellen Gove:

There are certainly some more obvious choices, but I’ll go with adding an average walk rate to the profile for Victor Reyes. Reyes has had a nice start to the year, slashing .298/.328/.474 and contributing 0.9 bWAR through 33 games.

Reyes’ future is still the topic of many Twitter debates among Tigers fans, mainly due to his minuscule walk rate. His poor 4.8 percent walk rate has shrunk even further this year to 3.4 percent. Raising his walk rate to closer to 10 percent would allow him to become a legitimate everyday player for the Tigers and would help his high ground ball rate become less of a red flag.

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