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Detroit Tigers: Ryan Kreidler has plenty to prove with call-up

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Detroit Tigers shortstop Ryan Kreidler fields the ball in the fifth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays during spring training at Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium. Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports
Detroit Tigers shortstop Ryan Kreidler fields the ball in the fifth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays during spring training at Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium. Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports /
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The Detroit Tigers need to see what they have in Ryan Kreidler

The Detroit Tigers used the expanded rosters to their advantage. They were able to pick up two prospects from the minors, bolstering the big league roster and allowing one player to make his big league debut.

Ryan Kreidler is getting his chance to show what he can be moving forward after his promotion. He was called up to the Detroit Tigers roster after spending time with the Toledo Mud Hens after missing time with a broken bone in his hand that kept him off the field.

After a lengthy recovery during an injury-ridden season, Kreidler is calling this season “draining” but viewing this as an opportunity to get back out there. For the Tigers, it’s a good test of what he can bring to the table and what he may look like at the big league level in the future.

With Al Avila being in the past and Sam Menzin acting as the interim general manager, it’s an opportunity to see what this organization has and for Menzin to keep doing the job well and doing his best to step up.

Kreider, like Menzin, has just as much to prove on the field as Menzin is showing in his time as the interim GM.

Detroit Tigers prospect Ryan Kreidler has plenty to prove after his call-up.

While he’s not expected to be the top prospect or make an earth-shattering impact, there is a lot to be explored with Kreidler. There’s a lot to be desired too. Coming off of an injury could result in a slower start after missing a bulk of the summer.

He’s missed time at various points throughout the 2022 season. Spending the bulk of his year with the Toledo Mud Hens, logging 56 games in total. He’s posted a .213/.352/.411 slash with 12 doubles, two triples, and eight RBI to his credit.

He also had a rehab stint with the High-A West Michigan Whitecaps, where he went 3-for-13 before returning to Toledo. Kreidler is ranked as the No.7 prospect in the team’s Top-30 list following the latest update from August.

This will be a great opportunity for the Tigers to see what he can bring to the table. After his promotion to the Triple-A team in 2021, he caught fire, belting home runs and looking like he might be a future asset to this team.

As the Tigers test the waters of what Kreidler has to offer in the big leagues, it might mean some positional shifting of Javier Báez. They may want to see what Kreidler offers at shortstop, and a move to second base for Báez may not be the worst thing in the world.

Kreidler has positional versatility too, but seeing what he can do will benefit the team moving forward. Even if he winds up being potential trade bait, testing him out at different positions is a smart move from the Tigers’ front office.

For Kreidler, it’s going to be his opportunity to prove himself. After all, with a new general manager likely to take over this fall, the more valuable trade pieces the team has, the better off they will be.

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As he starts to settle into the big leagues, he will be looking to get off on the right foot and prove himself early on in his big league career.

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