Detroit Tigers first quarter report cards

General manager Al Avila watches the Tigers practice on April 7, 2022, at Comerica Park.
General manager Al Avila watches the Tigers practice on April 7, 2022, at Comerica Park. /
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Detroit Tigers F Grades

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May 9, 2022; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Detroit Tigers left fielder Robbie Grossman (8) talks with umpire Nick Mahrley (48) after a called strike during the third inning against the Oakland Athletics at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports /

Akil Baddoo – We all followed the ups and downs of Akil Baddoo’s surprising rookie season closely, and it felt like he would always be able to overcome his struggles. But that wasn’t the case in his 17 games this year, as he batted just .140 with one home run and one steal, and he was demoted to Triple-A Toledo.

Robbie Grossman – In a team full of disappointing offensive performances, Robbie Grossman’s might be the most inexplicable. Maybe it was a bit much to expect another 20-20 season from Grossman, but fans probably expected more than the .041 Isolated Power he has produced this year. He’s still walking, but his strikeout rate has soared, and he’s been a negative on defense. If he continues to play like this in the second quarter of the season he may actually get released.

Eric Haase – Another one of the great stories from 2021, Eric Haase has felt a bit like an invisible man this year. He had his spectacular pinch-hit homer to tie the game on Opening Day, but since then he has gone just 8-for-55 (.145) with two extra-base hits.

Derek Hill – Hill showed flashes of being a viable offensive player in 2021, but it’s been a slog for him this season, and he hasn’t made up for it on the other side of the ball because his defense has been relatively average.

Detroit Tigers Incomplete Grades

Tyler Alexander, Jason Foley, Matt Manning, Casey Mize, Victor Reyes

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