'Tis the season to be thankful for some Detroit Tigers players
The Detroit Tigers had an incredibly disappointing season. Many players either underperformed or were injured. But there were a handful of players that showed a lot of promise
Thanksgiving is just around the corner, so we figured we'd get into the spirit of the holiday and point out some players to be thankful for. There aren't many, but they deserve some recognition nonetheless.
Thanksgiving is a time where we gather with our families, eat lots of food, watch the Lions lose, and then try to avoid our families afterward. Maybe use this piece as some discussion at the dinner table while you're waiting for your turkey to settle before you dig in to some pumpkin pie. Talking about bright spots from the 2022 Detroit Tigers is a great way to pass the time.
So without further ado, here are four Detroit Tigers to be thankful for this holiday season.
OF Riley Greene
This list would lose any credibility if Greene wasn't here. He may have had a rather pedestrian rookie season, but there's no denying the sheer talent he has.
Greene slashed .253/.321/.362 with five home runs, a 98 wRC+ and a 0.9 fWAR in 418 plate appearances during the 2022 season. He also had a 8.6% walk rate and 28.7 strikeout rate.
Defensively, he looked like superman out in centerfield at times. He robbed many a hits this season, diving and sliding for balls to try to make a play. It's crazy to think that there were concerns about his defense at one point.
One thing that is important to remember is that Greene is stilll just 22 years old. He looked like a rookie at times, and others he looked like a season veteran. He has a very mature approach at the plate.
Greene's numbers may not have been spectacular, but the process was there. He had some great at-bats, hit the ball hard (45.2% hard-hit rate), and hit the ball to all fields. He's going to be a great hitter someday—hopefully someday soon. We should all be thankful for Riley Greene