By: Holly Horning & Kurt Snyder
It’s report card time, Tigers! As we wait for baseball to resume, it’s time to take a look at each and every Tiger and each every coach, our manager and even our GM.
They are all getting mid-term grades today; one from Holly and one from Kurt. There is much to do, so let’s get started.
MANAGEMENT & COACHES
Holly: C+ / 4 good signings, 3 iffy ones so far but hard to grade after only half a year for the new GM.
Kurt: C / Preseason moves very encouraging; not all have panned out to this point.
Holly: C- – / Definitely improved this year but still way too many decisions that are truly baffling and games lost.
Kurt: C / Perfectly average manager; fits well on an average baseball team.
Holly: D+ / See a step back in pitching strategy and inability to help starters figure out their issues.
Kurt: C- / Expected a more noticeable impact, still waiting.
Holly: C- / Gets an A as infield coach but an F as base running coach.
Kurt: C / Base running has not improved which is on him. But infield defense has been stellar.
Holly: D- / Averages 3 runners/month cut down at the plate but even worse as outfield coach.
Kurt: D / Last year as a Tiger coach, nothing extraordinary to offer.
Holly: NA / I’m being extremely kind here but there is no way to grade someone who doesn’t move.
Kurt: D / If he’s helping Brad, STOP!
Holly: B- / The team ranks well in most offensive categories but lack of “small ball” and patience at the plate hurts consistent run production.
Kurt: C / Good hitting team that falls into ruts way too often. Does hitting coach have control over that? It seems he doesn’t!
Holly: A- / He could easily be 12-2 if his team had given him run support. Lowest WHIP of all starters.
Kurt: A- / He has pitched much better than his numbers indicate. Has worked very hard and it shows.
Holly: A- / An incredible strong start with recent performance most likely injury-based.
Kurt: B+ / Injury bug robbed him of an All-Star appearance. Came flying out of the gate early.
Holly: B- / 4 games pitched when given zero run support. 3 games where he gave up no earned runs but lost. Could potentially be 7-3.
Kurt: C / Has gotten robbed on the run support end and he has pitched well of late. Could be trade bait for someone looking for depth.
Holly: D / Pitched a number of tough luck games earlier in the season that he should have won but he’s going downhill in a hurry.
Kurt: E / Most important pitcher with failing grade? As bad as it gets.
Holly: A+ / No need to explain!
Kurt: A+ / Stud! Future ace. Next Verlander.
Holly: NA / Not enough IP to grade, esp. considering he was brought up too soon.
Kurt: C- / Showing more signs of talent the more we see him. Big future.
(Only pitchers with a good amount of innings were graded, all others; too little to tell)
Holly: A / A few scary games and a 2.93 ERA – otherwise perfect.
Kurt: A / A reliable closer wearing the D. I just might cry.
Holly: C+ / Jekyll and Hyde performances with lots of SOs but also lots of hits.
Kurt: B- / Has fit into role established for him. But has been inconsistent.
Holly: C / Just below all of his “brother’s” (Justin) stats.
Kurt: C / Expected more from him.
Holly: B- – / Still too soon to tell but his SOs are great as is his WHIP.
Kurt: B / Has found niche in pen. Good late inning production.
Holly: D / Like Hardy, more hits than IP and low SOs.
Kurt: C / Still like Kyle, important lefty.
Holly: C / Nothing remarkable.
Kurt: C- / You figure him out. I can’t.
Holly: D / More hits than IP and low SOs.
Kurt: D- / No longer dependable. Don’t know what happened to him.
Holly: NA / Re-occurring injuries so potential is not realized.
Kurt: D / Had big role planned for him. Not to be in ’16.
Holly: E / No need to explain.
Kurt: E / Promising signing. Big role planned. Total failure.
Holly: C+ / Much better behind the plate than at the plate and maybe due to sophomore slump and injury.
Kurt: C / Very good catcher. Better hitter than he is showing.
Holly: B- / Solid Fielding% and OPS which could even be better if he got regular playing time.
Kurt: C / Has given the Tigers what they needed. Good veteran backup with power potential.
Holly: A- / Great glove, excellent offensive stats but his drop in driving runners in lowers his grade.
Kurt: A / We are spoiled. At what point do we realize that even with a stat decline, he is still elite?
Holly: A+ / Where would we be without this guy who does it all in the field, at the plate and in the clubhouse and dugout.
Kurt: A+ / The Tigers’ MVP for the first half. Great at the plate. Great in the field. Great for this team.
Holly: B+ / Glove is an A but he’s been struggling with the bat this year and earns a B- at the plate.
Kurt: A- / See signs of fans taking him for granted. Not many shortstops out there like him. Importance of his defense cannot be dismissed.
Holly: B / Utility players are never exciting but this guy has played 8 positions this year, including pitcher and is decent on the base paths.
Kurt: B- / Prototypical utility player who has good value. Much needed.
Holly: A / Most improved player with great hitting and decent glove with some exceptional plays.
Kurt: A / Well, look who has emerged! Power has been impressive and defense is vastly improved.
Holly: A / If his knees were better, he’d earn an A+ but otherwise he and Kinsler are the glue and needed attitude of the team.
Kurt: A / Not much more you can ask of Victor. Tough as nails. Battles through his physical issues and still hits for average and power.
Holly: B- / A below-average glove and hitting stats that are average and ranks behind both JD and Maybin in both categories.
Kurt: C+ / Expected him to thrive in #2 spot in front of Miggy. Didn’t happen. Needs to really come on now.
Holly: A+ / A godsend with glove, speed, bat and attitude.
Kurt: A / Under the radar signing proving to be priceless. He’s what this team needed. Could use a couple more like him.
Holly: A / The team’s best outfielder and great offensive skills despite being moved within the lineup.
Kurt: A / Was headed for a big year again. Injury unfortunate. Important part of lineup.
Holly: C+ / Very impressive offensive stats but very inexperienced in the outfield.
Kurt: C / Horrible outfield defense has overshadowed improvement at the plate.
Holly: D+ / Don’t see what he brings to the table that Romine can’t fill.
Kurt: D / Actually liked his signing. But now? We can do better.