Because the Detroit Tigers are in the middle of a rebuild, the focus won’t be so much on the 2020 season, but rather how the players will fit in the years to come. Here is our countdown of the most important players, both in the majors and minors, and how they figure into the plans:
No. 11 IF Jeimer Candelario
The skinny: Candelario, 26, was unable to revert to his early-2018 form, instead seeing his stock slip with trips to the minor leagues. There is ability there, but he has yet to make the kind of permanent adjustments necessary to have more success at the major league level. Candelario appears destined to fit into the Tigers’ future at first base, but he’s going to have to hit more to provide any value.
The stats: .203 avg., 8 HR, 32 RBI
Why he’s No. 11: Though his struggles in 2019 dampened his outlook for the future, Candelario remains a young player with ability. Once thought to be a key part of a Tigers’ future lineup, he is now in a position to best impact the team at first base. The lack of a long-term option behind Miguel Cabrera is glaring, and Candelario has a chance to address it.
Scout’s take: “I can’t put my finger on his regression. He looks like the same guy to me. … Gets some hits, shows some plate discipline, but I think he’s out of position at first base. … He’s a trade piece for me, because he’s the odd-man out. … This is the merry-go-round the Tigers are. Candelario had a real good audition and now he’s gotta go to third base because Dawel Lugo is the guy?”
Signed through: 2023 (Arbitration-eligible in 2021)
Published at Tue, 03 Dec 2019 11:02:09 +0000