Another one that's kind of a "duh," but slightly less so. Malloy got off to a hot start in Triple-A this year before hitting a snap in May. From June onward, he was pretty steady.
Offensively, the plate discipline is going to play no matter what. He had a .417 OBP in Toledo this year. The power really came on as well. The biggest question mark with the bat was his ability to hit lefties. He really struggled against southpaws to begin the year.
Thankfully, he figured it out a bit, and while he only hit .232 against LHP this season, his OPS was .873. It was kind of strange to see reverse splits as extreme as the ones he had, but they definitely evened out a bit.
Much like Keith, defense is a major question mark as well — possibly even more so. He's struggled mightily wherever he's played. Right field has been his best position, and even that wasn't pretty. The Tigers are going to have to figure something out with him, or he may just have to be a DH.
Malloy's ability to get on base will serve him well in the big leagues. If he can keep up the power we saw this year, he could be a very nice addition to the Tigers lineup. There's really no reason he shouldn't be on the Opening Day roster next season.