The Detroit Tigers have had their ups and downs in the early start of this season as they are attempting to win the World Series for the first time since 1984. There are three prospects though that can give the Tigers that extra effort they need to achieve this goal.
LHP Robbie Ray
Ray has already gained some major league experience this year as he was called up to fill the void of pitcher Anibal Sanchez while he was on the DL recovering from a blister on his finger. Ray went 1-1 with a 4.70 ERA during his time with the Tigers. Once Sanchez returned, the Tigers put Ray to the bullpen to try and keep his consistent pitching part of the team. After a rough time in the bullpen, Ray was sent back down to the Toledo Mud Hens. Ray is the Tigers go-to pitcher to call up if they need help in the starting rotation or the bullpen as well.
SS Eugenio Suarez
The shortstop position is probably the biggest weakness the Tigers have in the batting lineup. Shortstops Andrew Romine and Danny Worth have rotated throughout the season with Romine getting the majority of the starts. Romine has a batting average of .202 with one deep shot while Worth has an average of .175 on the season with no homeruns to account for. Suarez alone has an average of .287 with six bombs. Yes Suarez is having success at the minor league level that may not continue if he is brought up to the majors, but he could provide stability at the position if he does get called up with young phenom shortstop Jose Iglesias most likely out for the season with shin problems.
C James McCann
The life of a catcher is tough. You get hit by bats, foul ball, and you are crouched over majority of your day on the diamond. Tigers’ catcher Alex Avila goes through this punishment throughout the year and his play tends to diminish as the season winds down. Even though catcher Bryan Holliday is the backup and Victor Martinez has played two games this year as a catcher, the Tigers could always call up McCann who could bring his solid defense skills with him and give Avila the opportunity to get rest in before the playoffs. McCann has a good arm and has thrown 39 percent of basestealers his first three years in the big leagues. McCann’s hitting has been a reason he remains down in the minors, hitting an average of .287 and only one dinger.
These prospects and more are the future for not only the Tigers, but many ball clubs around the league. The Tigers are hoping their future is bright with these guys as they look to not only win one title, but multiple ones.