Detroit Tigers early spring training observations: Team is hitting for power
The Detroit Tigers are hitting for some early power in spring training
The Detroit Tigers were dead last in major league baseball last season with 110 home runs hit. They didn't add much power to the team this offseason. Yet, the long ball has been the team's primary source of offense early on in spring training.
The Detroit Tigers have hit seven home runs through three spring training games. Eric Haase and Kerry Carpenter both hit one in last night's game against the Yankees. New additions Nick Maton and Matt Vierling each homered on Sunday against Baltimore, with Jake Rogers also hitting one out to right field. Then on Saturday, prospects Parker Meadows and Andre Lipcius both went yard. While you really can't take stock into the first three games of spring training, it's still a welcome sight to see so many long balls from a team that provided very little last season.
Here are some other observations from the first three games of spring training:
Akil Baddoo looks like himself again
This is a massive spring for Akil Baddoo. He needs to prove that 2021 wasn't a fluke. So far, he's getting back to what made him so fun to watch that season.
He's hitting the ball hard, getting on base, and wreaking havoc on the basepaths. He had two stolen bases against the Yankees. One could argue that his best asset is his speed, and he's taking full advantage of that.
Again, it's three spring training games, but these are promising signs for a player that desparately needs things to go his way.