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Detroit Tigers: 3 players who have stepped up in 2022 but are best suited for a part-time role

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JUNE 05: Harold Castro #30 of the Detroit Tigers at bat during the fourth inning against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on June 05, 2022 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JUNE 05: Harold Castro #30 of the Detroit Tigers at bat during the fourth inning against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on June 05, 2022 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images) /
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PHOENIX, ARIZONA – JUNE 26: Willi Castro #9 of the Detroit Tigers gestures to his bench after hitting a two RBI triple against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the second inning at Chase Field on June 26, 2022 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images) /

Earlier this season, I wrote an article outlining why the Willi Castro in the outfield experiment needed to end. Up to that point, he had been just as bad in the outfield defensively as he was in the infield. Fast forward six weeks or so, and Willi Castro has somewhat improved in the outfield.

There’s been a noticeable difference in his throwing ability. He’s been much better at preventing runners from advancing on balls hit in his direction. He’s got four outfield assists so far, and he’s actually been better in CF and RF than he has been in LF.

Both of his errors have come as a left fielder. He’s got an outs above average of 0, which lands him in the 41st percentile according to Baseball Savant.

Offensively, he’s still the same old Willi Castro for the most part. While he has cut down on the strikeouts, he still chases way too much and whiffs at a pretty alarming rate while rarely taking a walk. He also never hits the ball hard, as he’s in the 1st percentile in hard hit rate and 5th percentile in barrel percentage.

He has come up with some timely hits, and his contact rate on pitches inside the strike zone is the highest of his career. There seems to be more of an emphasis on contact in his approach. But it hasn’t been enough to justify him playing every day.

At just 25 years old, there’s still time for Willi Castro to figure things out. The fact that he’s made some improvement in the outfield is encouraging. But nothing to this point has signaled a huge adjustment at the plate. Until that happens, he should be a bench guy.

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