Man, have the Detroit Tigers played some bad baseball over the past several years. We've seen some pitchers who can't throw strikes, fielders who can't field or catch a baseball, and most notably, hitters who can't hit.
Some of the statlines that Tigers hitters have posted over the last few years have been embarrassing. I mean, the team leader in home runs in 2019 was Brandon Dixon with 15. No wonder that team only won 47 games.
It's been even longer since the Tigers had someone drive in 100 runs in a season. The closest someone has come to that in the last five years was Nick Castellanos in 2018 when he had 89 RBI.
So who are the some of the most recent Tigers hitters to have 100 RBI in a single season? Our mission today is to find that out.
Here are the 5 most recent Tigers hitters to have 100 RBI in a single season
1. Nick Castellanos, 2017 (101)
Not only does Castellanos have the most RBI by a Tigers hitter in the last five seasons, he's also the last Tiger to drive in 100 runs in a single season. Justin Upton came close that same year with 94, but Castellanos is the only one who actually did it.
This was Nick's best offensive season with the Tigers in the more tradtional stats, but some of his highest sabremetric stats wouldn't come until the following season, where he had Tiger-career highs in walk rate (7.2%, wRC+ (129), and wOBA (.341).
Nick's time with the Tigers ended on a bit of a sour note, but he was one of the few homegrown prospects they had that panned out, and stayed on the team for a lengthy period of time. I think non-Tigers fans sometimes forget that he started his career in Detroit.