The Detroit Tigers have set up their final roster this morning with a series of moves as we head towards the end of spring training.
First, former All-Star closer Joe Jimenez was optioned down to Toledo. As Jake covered earlier this morning, this may have come as a surprise to some Tigers fans but the numbers indicate there Detroit could not have carried him to start the season. His work ethic and what is possible based on his fastball spin could have him back in Detroit at some point. Sometimes, just a reset to look at what is going on with command is all you need.
The second move this morning to me at least was a bit of surprise. Renato Núñez did not make the team. Granted, at times during spring training, his defense, which has been a known weakness, reared its ugly head a few times but I thought the offense would carry him to a major league club. As of now, there is no word if he will accept the minor league option back down to Toledo.
If he does, that gives the Toledo Mud Hens a pretty veteran roster. The outfield is shaping up like this. (Thanks Jake for the assist with this)
- Derek Hill
- Christin Stewart
- Daz Cameron
The infield could look something like this.
- Kody Clemens
- Zack Short
- Isaac Paredes
- Jake Rogers
With the minor league season not slated to start until May 1, several of these players will be in mini-camp so Detroit will have a few players ready to be called up just in case. Erasmo Ramirez, who had an impressive spring training along with Ian Krol, will also start the season in Toledo.
Without further ado, here is your Opening Day 2021 Detroit Tigers Roster.