Detroit Tigers: 5 minor-league storylines to follow

The new entrance to UPMC Park, shown on April 30, 2021.
The new entrance to UPMC Park, shown on April 30, 2021. /
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Detroit Tigers Minor-League Storyline: Toledo’s Position Players

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Sep 24, 2020 – Detroit Tigers third baseman Isaac Paredes fields a ground ball. Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports /

It’s no secret the Detroit Tigers offense is bad. They rank last in the Majors in team batting average (.199), on-base percentage (.260), and slugging percentage (.341), and they combine the highest strikeout rate in baseball (30.9%) with the second lowest walk rate (7.3%). It’s ugly.

A.J. Hinch is not going to just sit around and watch his players continuously fail all season, and this year’s Toledo Mud Hens squad has an unusually high number of potential replacements. Few of them have high ceilings, but it wouldn’t be shocking to see just about any hot Mud Hens hitter get called up on the remote chance they provide a spark to Detroit’s lifeless offense.

We’ve already seen Derek Hill, Renato Núñez, and Zack Short this season, and we expect to see Daz Cameron (once he’s healthy), Isaac Paredes, and Jake Rogers. But also don’t be surprised if we see Kody Clemens, who looked pretty good this spring, as well as former members of the 40-man roster like Eric Haase and Christin Stewart. It’s all hands on deck for the Tigers now, and it seems like anyone with a pulse will get a shot to help.