Detroit Tigers: 3 surprise cuts, 2 surprise additions to the Opening Day roster
The Detroit Tigers Opening Day roster is officially out. Who got snubbed and who is a surprise add?
The Detroit Tigers have finally released their Opening Day roster, and there are quite a few surprises. A few players that we thought would make the roster, didn't make the cut. There were also a couple adds that will surprise fans—including one that wasn't even on the team when spring began.
We've got a lot to sift through, so let us not delay. Here are three surprise cuts from the Detroit Tigers Opening Day roster and two surprise additions.
3 surprise cuts: INF Cesar Hernandez
Hernandez hit very well to start spring. He was hitting over .400 at one point. He seemed like a lock to make the team. However, he ended the spring on a 2-for-21 skid. It didn't seem like it would be enough to sink him, but the Tigers thought differently.
Hernandez was originally sent to Triple-A on Monday, but the Tigers granted him his release the following day. The 32-year-old didn't want to be stuck in the minors, which makes a lot of sense.
What makes this a surprise is who made it instead of him, and that's somebody we will discuss later: Zack McKinstry. He went 3-for-38 this spring with the Cubs. He has a career 78 wRC+, and Hernandez is just two years removed from a career-high 21 homers with Cleveland.
One thing McKinstry has over Hernandez is the ability to play multiple positions. He's played all the outfield positions and every infield position except first base, whereas Hernandez can really only play second base. That's likely something that drew Scott Harris to him.
But Hernandez is at least a switch-hitter, something the Detroit Tigers don't have a lot of, whereas McKinstry only bats left-handed. Hernandez didn't end up wowing, but the fact that he was cut is a puzzling one nonetheless.