2. Be more aggressive with prospects
One could argue that the Al Avila regime was a bit too aggressive with prospects, especially toward the end of his tenure. Contrastly, Scott Harris was far too passive in his first year as president of baseball operations.
Colt Keith was in Double-A for way too long. Playoff implications for Erie or not, he should have been promoted to Triple-A long before he actually was.
He also should have been promoted to Detroit in September. The same goes for Justyn-Henry Malloy. They would both have benefitted a great deal from getting a cup of coffee last season. I understand they both still have a lot of work to do defensively, but the Tigers desparately needed their bats.
Parker Meadows was promoted in late August. After a hot start, he entered a slump, which is good for him. Big-league pitchers adjusted to him quickly. It was time to see how he would respond — and he did.
The last two weeks of the season, Meadows slashed .280/.345/.480 with a 126 wRC+ and a .200 ISO. It's just 55 plate appearances, but that's a very promising sign for 2024.
Meadows struggled for a bit, but those struggled allowed him to get better. Malloy and Keith could have gotten a head start for 2024 by doing the same. But they never got that chance.
Harris needs to be more aggressive when it comes to prospect promotions moving forward. A prospect doesn't have to be perfect in order to be big-league ready. We sure hope Jace Jung and Jackson Jobe won't be stuck in the minors all year for virtually no reason.