Detroit Tigers Spring Training Depth Chart – Outfield
We could try to split this by each specific outfield position, but Tigers outfielders seem sort of interchangeable at this point. Robbie Grossman is coming off a career year, and Akil Baddoo was one of the biggest surprises in baseball, so they both figure to earn a starting nod. Tigers fans, and seemingly the organization itself, are holding that last spot open for Riley Greene:
"“AJ and I have talked about this a lot and outfield is an area we both feel OK with,” Avila said. “If there is an opportunity to capitalize on something (in free agency) maybe we look at it. But right now, it’s not an area of concern because we have Riley Greene coming.”"
It does still feel like their outfield is a bit light, but perhaps the club wants to give Daz Cameron and Derek Hill one more chance to prove they can be MLB regulars. Victor Reyes seems to have settled in as a decent bench outfielder.
Things in the minors are a bit sketchy beyond Greene. Jacob Robson made his MLB debut last year, but it was in an emergency situation, and it would probably take another series of injuries for him to come back. The same is probably true for De La Rosa, though his tools give him a slightly higher chance to stick. Daniel Cabrera has some draft pedigree, but his debut season was a bit disappointing and he’ll need to show progress in 2022. Carpenter and Rosa are solid organizational pieces who can move around the outfield a bit and provide some pop.
Lower in the system the outfielders split into three fairly distinct groups. Austin Murr and Bryant Packard are mature corner bats who need to show more in-game power, while Austin Schultz and Ben Malgeri are 2021 draft picks with interesting tools, but they haven’t been challenged yet. The final group — Roberto Campos, Jose De La Cruz, Kingston Liniak, and Parker Meadows — all have impressive raw tools, but none of them have shown the ability to consistently hit pro pitching.