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. 5 LHP Matthew Boyd
The skinny: Boyd, 28, took a big step in 2019, showing significant swing-and-miss improvement, resulting in a career-high 238 strikeouts. But he was victimized far too often by the home run ball – he allowed 39, most in the American League – and his season numbers fell in line with those from the previous year. Barring a trade, Boyd will return as the Tigers’ ace in 2020.
[ Boyd named 2019 Tiger of Year; just 2nd lefty starter to win ]
The stats: 9-12, 4.56 ERA, 1.230 WHIP, 238 strikeouts, 185⅓ innings with Tigers
Why he’s No. 5: The front office passed on perhaps their most prime opportunity to trade Boyd at the trade deadline. He regressed in the second half, likely forcing him to rebuild his value next season if the Tigers want to get good value. Still, he is not only important in a trade sense, but also in anchoring the team’s 2020 rotation – however uncompetitive they may still be.
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Scout’s take: “Boyd is a legitimate third starter, even on a good team. He’s an important cog in that rotation, maybe the most important. … If I had a word to describe him, I’d say ‘dependable.’ … If he was pitching on a better team with a better defense, he’d win a lot of games.”
Next year: Detroit.
Signed through: 2022 (Second-year arbitration eligible).
Rest of the list
No. 15: Michael Fulmer
No. 14: Alex Faedo
No. 13: Joe Jimenez
No. 12: Daz Cameron
No. 11: Jeimer Candelario
No. 10: Tarik Skubal
No. 9: Parker Meadows
No. 8: Willi Castro
No. 7: Miguel Cabrera
No. 6: Riley Greene
Published at Tue, 14 Jan 2020 11:00:15 +0000