The Tigers released their list of spring training non-roster invitees on Wednesday. There weren't very many surprises, but there were quite a few prospects who got an invite to big league camp.
Most of these prospects don't have much of a chance to make the club. There's really only one, who we will talk about in a bit, but a lot would have to happen for others to make it. Not a lot of the minor league signings have a very good chance at making the cut either. The Tigers' roster still isn't that great, but it's nice when fringe guys or AAAA players aren't fighting for roster spots.
Next week, 58 players will begin fighting for 26 spots. Most of the team is pretty much set in stone, which is nice, but there are still a few question marks.
So today, we're going to go over three non-roster invitees who sneak their way onto the 2024 Opening Day roster. Let's get started with the one prospect who has the best shot at making the team.
There are prospects on the 40-man roster, such as Parker Meadows and Colt Keith, that are virtual locks to make the team. But Malloy, who is not on the 40-man roster, will have to carve his own path to the big leagues.
Malloy's defense has not graded out well no matter where he's played. Evan Petzold of the Detroit Free Press said on this week's episode of the "Days of Roar" podcast that Malloy's future is in the outfield because he played so poorly at third base.
Because of that, he's going to have to hit his way on to the roster. Mark Canha has one of the corner outfield spots locked up, as will Kerry Carpenter. Meadows will likely be the Opening Day CF. That already makes it tough for Malloy to make the team.
Now, injuries and underperformance are bound to happen. If Malloy controls what he's able to control and hits well, he can still make this team. But it'll be tough. With that being said, of all the prospects not on the 40-man roster who got an invite to spring, he probably has the best shot.
Dillon Dingler could theoretically make it as well, but it would take an injury or two. He's defensively sound, but the bat still needs work. Jackson Jobe isn't going to make the team out of camp, although he could pitch in the majors at some point this season.
Malloy can make the team, but it'll be an uphill battle.