All in all, the last four years have been a monotonous rebuilding period for the Detroit Tigers. For the first time in this rebuild, however, the Tigers are finally making tangible progress.
Detroit began the 2021 MLB season at 9-24 and have improved in all facets of the game ever since. Currently 54-60, they’re in third place in the American League Central — playing competitive and well-rounded baseball. A light can be seen at the end of the tunnel.
Here are three reasons why this season has generated legitimate optimism for the Detroit Tigers.
Detroit Tigers have a handful of improving, young hitters
For the better part of the last four years, the Tigers have had minimal hitters to boast about. Now they do, and one of them is crouching behind home plate. That being Eric Haase. The 28-year-old has been one of the premier hitting catchers in MLB this season, as he’s swinging for power at a high level.
Rookie outfielder Akil Baddoo has showcased an ability to flat-out rake from the left side while holding his own in both left and center field. Now tenured third baseman Jeimer Candelario owns a respectable .778 OPS. Versatile infielder Harold Castro continues to get on base by means of contact hitting, as he sports a .283 batting average.
Every rebuilding offense needs a young foundation, no matter how electric that unit may be. Manager A.J. Hinch’s offense, which is largely homegrown, is flaunting an ability to hit the long ball. That bodes well in today’s uppercut swing, slug-driven game.
With top position player prospects Spencer Torkelson and Riley Greene nearing their call-up dates, the Tigers’ offense should reach new heights in the near future.