Detroit Tigers Player Power Rankings After 10 Games

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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. 1. player. 63

  • 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. 2. player. 63. . .

  • 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

3. player. 63. . . . 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

player. 63. . . . Wilson Ramos. 4

  • 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

5. player. 63. . . . 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. 6. player. 63.

  • 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. 7. player. 63.

  • 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. 8. player. 63. .

  • 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

player. 63. . . . Renato Núñez. 9

  • 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. 10. player. 63. . .

  • 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. 11. player. 63.

  • 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

63. . . . Bryan Garcia. 12. player

  • 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. 13. player. 63.

  • 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

player. 63. . . . Tarik Skubal. 14

  • 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. 15. player. 63. .

  • 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. 16. player. 63.

  • 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. 17. player. 63. .

  • 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

63. . . . Daniel Norris. 18. player

  • 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. 19. player. 63.

  • 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

63. . . . José Ureña. 20. player

  • 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. 21. player. 63. .

  • 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. 22. player. 63.

  • 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. 23. player. 63. . .

  • 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. 24. player. 63.

  • 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. 25. player. 63. . .

  • 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

63. . . . Tyler Alexander. 26. player

  • 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

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