Three players facing make-or-break seasons for the Detroit Tigers

Oct 3, 2022; Seattle, Washington, USA; Detroit Tigers left fielder Akil Baddoo (60) hits a single
Oct 3, 2022; Seattle, Washington, USA; Detroit Tigers left fielder Akil Baddoo (60) hits a single / Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports
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The Detroit Tigers are running out of time on three players as they shift toward competitiveness

Acquiring, developing, and retaining young players is the focal point of the Detroit Tigers under the Scott Harris regime. While there is no shortage of such players in Detroit and on the farm, finding the right mix of talent moving forward will be vital to the next contender.

Player development is how things have been trending around the league for some time now. The Tigers made their own attempts to modernize their processes under Al Avila; creating a companywide software known as Caesar and finally diving into some technologies like Rapsodo and Trackman which had been available and were already around the league. As we now know, though, it's one thing to have the information available, it's another to be able to interpret that information, put it in a digestible format, and communicate it to players in a way that resonates.

As the Tigers work to untangle some developmental knots, there are a few players who are currently entering a crossroads in their respective careers. Maybe a rough finish means the end of their stay on the 40-man roster, or perhaps it means a vastly reduced role moving forward, but these three desperately need a productive 2023 to realize the role they were expected to fill at maturity.

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