Detroit Tigers: 4 players to be thankful for
C Eric Haase
Many feared that Haase would regress in 2022 after a breakout 2021 season. At first, those concerns were justified. He got off to a horrid start. Midway through June, Haase was slashing just .186/.247/.302 with a wRC+ of 57. He looked on the verge of being DFA'd. Thankfully (pun intended), the Detroit Tigers were patient with him.
From June 11 onward, Haase slashed .283/.330/.508 with 12 home runs and a 136 wRC+. He proved that 2021 wasn't a fluke. He's a legit MLB hitter.
The major reason to be thankful for Haase is that he is one of the few hidden gems to come out of the Al Avila era. He acquired Haase from Cleveland for cash considerations. Haase, a minor league journeyman prior to his time in Detroit, has turned into an impact bat for the Tigers.
Haase is obviiously a local guy as well. He's a native of Westland and currently resides in Livonia. Any time players come and play for their hometown team is always something to be thankful for.
Haase looks to play a key role for the Detroit Tigers in the future. Whether he's the starting catcher or he's a bench bat, Haase is certainly a player to be thankful for.