Detroit Tigers Player Power Rankings After 10 Games

We are just 10 games into the 2021 Detroit Tigers season, but clearly it’s time to start judging the players based on arbitrary statistics and unsustainable performances.

Disclaimer: This is not a list of the most talented Detroit Tigers players, or the players we think will be the best over the full season. It’s simply a ranking of the best players through the first 10 games. And we only rank members of the active 26-man roster, so no Miguel Cabrera, Julio Teheran, or Spencer Turnbull.

Now, let’s get to the list!

Detroit Tigers Player Power Rankings


Akil Baddoo

  • How could it not be the rookie? He’s done more than anyone could possibly ask. He has 4 barrels already (Cabrera led the 2020 Tigers with 15) and his overall numbers are great. Stats: .368/.381/1.000, 3 HR, BB, 4K, SB

Matthew Boyd

  • Boyd narrowly beats out the neophyte Mize by virtue of throwing a bit more and having a slightly lower FIP. Stats: 1-1, 12.2 IP, 2.13 ERA (2.75 FIP) 10K, 4BB

Casey Mize

  • Mize was solid but inefficient in his first outing, but he was excellent last night in earning his first big-league win. Stats: 1-0, 11 IP, 0.82 ERA (2.87 FIP) 9K, 4BB

Wilson Ramos

  • So far The Buffalo is doing exactly what the Detroit Tigers wanted. His defense has been a little rough, but his offensive numbers are strong. Stats: .259/.333/.741, 4 HR, 3BB, 10K

Michael Fulmer

  • Apart from two solo home runs, Fulmer has been excellent out of the bullpen, and has earned his return to the rotation. Stats: 7 IP, 2.57 ERA (4.00 FIP), 10K

Jeimer Candelario

  • Candelario is quietly doing what he does: get hits, take walks, and play good defense at third base. He’s the Detroit Tigers’ most consistent player. Stats: .270/.372/.405, HR, 6BB, 9K

Robbie Grossman

  • Much like Ramos, Grossman has largely done what the Detroit Tigers wanted him to, though perhaps they’d like a few more hits. Stats: .185/.421/.333, HR, 10BB, 9K, 2SB

Gregory Soto

  • Soto had a bit of a rough first outing this season, but since then he has looked very good. Also, he throws really hard. Stats: 1-0, SV, 5.2 IP, 3.18 ERA (4.56 FIP), 7K, 3BB

Renato Núñez

  • Renato Núñez has only played two games, and him ranking 9th is a decent indication of how the Detroit Tigers season is going so far. Stats: .250/.333/.750, HR, BB, 4K

Alex Lange

  • Lange has only pitched once, but he looked good when he was out there, touching 97 MPH with his fastball and getting 5 swings and misses on his breaking ball. Stats: IP, 0.00 ERA, K

Grayson Greiner

  • Things aren’t great for the Tigers. Greiner has done decent work behind the plate, and his HR yesterday gave him an 86 wRC+, the 6th best on the team. Stats: .231/.231/.462, HR, 6K

Bryan Garcia

  • Garcia looked good in his first appearance of the season, but he’s had three since, and two were pretty rough: Stats: SV, 4.1 IP, 8.31 ERA (2.69 FIP), 4K, 2BB

Willi Castro

  • Willi Castro has the 2nd most hits on the club, but he hasn’t done much with them, and his throws from shortstop remain shaky. Stats: .220/.256/.268, 2BB, 10K

Tarik Skubal

  • Our good friend/sworn enemy Brandon Day wrote a great article about Skubal’s disappearing spin. It’s been a rough start. Stats: 0-1, 9.1 IP, 7.71 ERA (7.43 FIP), 7K, 5BB

Niko Goodrum

  • Goodrum ranks 15th by virtue of not being awful so far. He has played solid defense and has a few hits in limited action. Stats: .238/.304/.286, 2BB, 7K

José Cisnero

  • Cisnero’s stuff looks as good as ever, but after giving up just one HR in 29.2 IP last season, he’s allowed two already this year. Stats: 5.1 IP, 6.75 ERA (6.34 FIP), 6K, 1BB

Nomar Mazara

  • It has been an ugly start for Mazara, who does have a home run, but also leads baseball with 3 double plays and 3 errors. Stats: .219/.242/.313, HR, BB, 7K

Daniel Norris

  • Serving as a multi-inning reliever, Norris did a great job on Opening Day, but he has run into trouble in his last two outings. Stats: 4.1 IP, 10.38 ERA (5.46 FIP), 3K, BB

Derek Holland

  • Holland was one of the stories of spring training, but he’s had two ugly outings so far. To be fair, one was an emergency start. Stats: 0-1, 5 IP, 12.60 ERA (5.15 FIP), 6K, 3BB

José Ureña

  • José Ureña is 2-for-2 on ugly, hard-to-watch starts, and as Rogelio predicted early, he seems destined for the bullpen. Stats: 0-2, 7.2 IP, 8.22 ERA (6.02 FIP), 9K, 9BB

Harold Castro

  • Castro has barely played — he’s 0-for-6 with three strikeouts — but he’s been a solid defensive replacement, and he pitched a scoreless inning. Stats: Nah

Jonathan Schoop

  • Schoop looks absolutely lost at the plate right now, but he’s done an admirable job learning a new position, and at least he has walked twice. Stats: .188/.229/.188, 2BB, 14K

JaCoby Jones

  • Jones got two big hits in the first two games of the season, but he’s just 1-for-13 since then, and he hasn’t walked yet. Stats: .150/.150/.200, 6K

Victor Reyes

  • Victor Reyes hit a home run. That’s good! Unfortunately, he has done literally nothing else, and is 1-for-15 on the year. That’s bad! Stats: .067/.067/.267, HR, 4K

Buck Farmer

  • Farmer has made four appearances, and three of them were bad. It’s hard to succeed when you walk people AND give up homers. Stats: 5IP, 10.80 ERA (11.75 FIP), 4K, 4BB

Tyler Alexander

  • Alexander has pitched sparingly, and poorly. He’s not walking people, but like Farmer he has already allowed three home runs. Stats: 3.1 IP, 12.27 ERA (12.42 FIP), 4K, BB