3 ways the Detroit Tigers' latest signing impacts the 2024 roster

Keston Hiura's the Detroit Tigers signing after joining the team on a minor-league deal, but is still going impact the 2024 roster.

Milwaukee Brewers first baseman Keston Hiura (18) reacts after sliding into second base for a double.
Milwaukee Brewers first baseman Keston Hiura (18) reacts after sliding into second base for a double. / Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports
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Detroit Tigers new signee's 2024 projections are intriguing.

Speaking of forecasting the season, Keston Hiura's ZiPS projection is quite bullish on his 2024 upside. In fact, they think that Hiura will break camp in the 2024 season with Detroit or at least end up playing a significant role for the Detroit Tigers.

Hiura has impressive ZiPS projections. He's expected to play in 103 games where he should slash .241/.324/.459 with 20 home runs and 67 RBI to his credit. It also projects a .314 BABIP and .218 ISO, which would be a step down from where he has been traditionally.

The point is that Hiura has been able to succeed when he does get the barrel on the ball. Traditionally, he averages a .337 BABIP and a .215 ISO, speaking to his power. Hiura has a chance to impact Detroit well if this happens. It's merely a prediction, and what actually happens is still left to be seen.

However, Hiura will have to work to make the roster first. If he comes out and can establish himself with Detroit, he could very much so factor into the team's roster this season. A performance like ZiPS projects would be huge and turn out to be a great deal.

That also requires Detroit to find a spot on the active roster for Hiura. It could be a simple roster move that corresponds with it, but a move will still need to be made. But it's not out of the realm of possibilities.