3 Detroit Tigers players who'll be better in 2023 and 2 who won't

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Some Detroit Tigers players are due for bounce-back seasons, while others won't be as fortunate

The Detroit Tigers had a number of players underperform last season, whether that be due to injury or other cirumstances. All of these underperformers largley contributed to one of the worst offenses in franchise history.

Since little has been done to address it, the Tigers will be banking on some of those players to come back and perform closer to their career norms in 2023. There are a lot of them, and not all of them will come back to put up better numbers. Some of them just may just be toast.

In this piece, we're going to go over who those players will be and why. Let's get started.

3 players that should be better: OF Austin Meadows

Meadows wasn't healthy last season, both mentally and physically, but in the 36 games he did play, he wasn't very effective. He still put up some good at-bats, but he was known for his power in Tampa Bay, and he didn't hit a single home run in 2022.

Assuming he's back to full health, I expect a full rebound in 2023. The Tigers could sure use a healthy Austin Meadows. He has the potential to be the best hitter on the team.

After all, he was an All-Star in 2019 when he hit 33 homers and put up a 144 wRC+. He wasn't as good in 2021, but he still hit 27 bombs and put up a 113 wRC+ while walking at a 10% clip. Combine this with the fact that he'll turn 28 in May, and there's really no reason to think he's toast barring another injury.

Meadows is still a very good hitter. If he hits, and he should, that would be a massive boost to the Detroit Tigers lineup in 2023.

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