The Detroit Tigers have signed a few intriguing international free agents
The Detroit Tigers are aiming to get better and yesterday may have been a step forward in that goal. Yesterday was international signing day of 2023 and the Tigers grabbed some prospects that could be part of the future success of the Detroit Tigers.
The Tigers focused on hitters who they deem capable of wearing a Tigers jersey in the near future. In all, the Tigers received a catcher, a shortstop, and two outfielders to round out a successful day full of promise. In total, the Detroit Tigers spent all of their $6,366,900 to secure these talented young players.
Catcher Enrique Jimenez is a switch hitter from Venezuela. He is a smaller catcher at 5-foot-10 but he is sturdy and steady behind the plate. He has a rocket of an arm for throwing out would-be base stealers.
At the plate, Jimenez has an incredibly short, powerful swing and uses all parts of the field. Although he does not have much power, he uses the field to show gap power and uses his speed to keep the opposing outfielders on their toes. A good, young catcher who is now part of the Tigers franchise.
Outfielder Cristian Perez is from the Dominican Republic. The speedster of the group he has Rickey Henderson speed that will come in handy at Comerica Park. Although he is only 16 years old, Perez is physically impressive. Perez is a good all-around athlete that uses his at-bats to his advantage. Perez is a good hitter to all parts of the field, becoming equally dangerous, and can hit for average. He can play anywhere in the lineup and could lead off for the Tigers in the future.
Outfielder Anibal Salas is another player the Detroit Tigers picked up that has incredible speed. He has good power potential because he is a switch hitter who can hit for power or average. Salas also has skills in the outfield, showcasing a powerful arm capable of throwing lasers to the infield. Salas is a good two-way player who is defensively responsible and can hit Ford Field with his power. On Sunday, the Detroit Tigers signed him to a minor league contract.
Shortstop Maikol Orozco from Venezuela has a mature approach to the game of baseball. Orozco has great plate discipline and makes contact at the plate. He is physically ready to play the game and has shown strides in his game that allows him to be successful. Orozco has an advanced approach at the plate and has a good eye for balls and strikes.
The Detroit Tigers made some significnat strides in improving their international prospect pool, selecting four players who will be ready sooner than later. With selecting a catcher, two outfielders, and a shortstop, The Tigers are bringing in key pieces to a team looking for answers on their roster, now and going forward. These four could be on the Tigers at the same time in the future, bringing excitement in the years to come.