Worst Detroit Tigers Debut Number 6 – Ronny Rodríguez
The Detroit Tigers were historically bad in 2018 and 2019, and Ronny Rodríguez actually brought an element of entertainment and joy to otherwise dismal seasons. He was capable of hitting the ball very hard, he had above-average speed, and he could play all over the field.
Unfortunately, Rodríguez didn’t hit the ball nearly enough, he never walked, he didn’t use his speed well on the bases, and he played poor defense. His 2018 batting line of .220/.256/.335 was good for a 57 OPS+ and he managed to hit into 7 double plays in just 206 plate appearances. The end result was a -1.4 bWAR season, tied for the worst rookie year in Detroit Tigers history.