TWICE AS NICE

By:  Kurt Snyder & Holly Horning

We are now nearing the latter part of August and for a team going nowhere fast, it is completely fair to take a peek at the coming seasons, imagining what the team might look like.

Are there players on this year’s team who will have future roles with the Tigers? What qualifies them for a spot in 2020 and beyond? It certainly begs more questions and answers.

Kurt and Holly have not shared their answers to the following question for the purpose of offering a wider range of perspectives.

So let’s get on with it and see what our writers have to say.


Let’s ignore, for the time being, the issues surrounding holes in the roster and not enough suitable candidates within the farm system. Which players (not named Miggy) would our two bloggers deem worthy of keeping on the roster going forward in the future?


KURT

I looked for players who separate themselves in any phase of the game that make them important future pieces heading into next season for the Tigers – and 5 have qualified.

Matthew Boyd
Harold Castro
Jake Rogers
Spencer Turnbull
Joe Jimenez


HOLLY

My selections are based upon players who are solid/excel in more than 1 category and would be a certain multi-year roster member on an MLB-competitive team, not just a temporary fill in until a suitable prospect develops.

1. Matthew Boyd
2. Jake Rogers
3. Spencer Turnbull


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27 thoughts on “TWICE AS NICE

  1. Do you both not include Fulmer because he won’t be available until mid 2020 at the soonest or because you don’t think he will have a successful return? Are your lists so small because the Tigers will need to cut ties with some players to add many Rule 5 eligible players to the 40 man roster? I’m willing to give a longer leash to Demeritte and I still think Norris could be valuable in a bullpen role,but overall I agree that the lack of decent talent is depressing.

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    • Hi, Spartan -Soeaking for myself, I don’t believe Fulmer will be part of the future and that the Tigers will potentially non-tender him this off-season. Seven injuries with 3 surgeries so far and an absolute minimum of 1 full year until complete recovery. The Tigers took him to arbitration last year and I think they simply won’t pay him a salary to sit out most or all of the year. As for the others, I really don’t see a level of talent that will keep them on the team beyond a year or two. Thanks for keeping the conversation going! -Holly

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  2. Too soon on Rogers, but fine to have him on the list based on body of work thus far. Demeritte would be the other one I think has potential.

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  3. I Don’t want to be cynical, but the way our “rebuild” looks so far it’s possible all 40 players on the roster may be back. Anyway, I agree on Castro, Boyd. I also like Demeritte if only as a replacement for Stewart who scares me in the field. Maybe after the Sept call ups I can add to the list.

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  4. I assume you both left Jacoby Jones off the list since he is on the IL? I would like to see them keep Victor Reyes and Travis Demeritte as well the ones Kurt mentioned.

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    • Hi, Pondo – All IL players are fair game. I left off JaCoby because the Tigers have other CF prospects they are touting. I think JJ is here for another year – maybe 2 – and then gone. Thanks for keeping the conversation going! -Holly

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      • Holly, I hope you’re wrong about JaCoby. I think he’s a great centerfielder and I love to watch him on the basepaths. He’s about the most exciting player on this team, IMHO:-)

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  5. What about Jacoby Jones? He has improved his offense this year to go along with great defensive ability. I think his athletic ability will allow him to continue to improve his overall game to make him a valuable member of the team going forward!!

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    • Chi Sun-Times re: Nickolas….
      He’s all that and much more. Right now, anyway, he’s the team’s emotional bellwether. Its heartbeat. Its straw that stirs the drink, if you will.

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      • Which shows that playing for these Tigers is like hitting yourself on the head with a hammer because it feels so good when you stop. Nick’s euphoric – as were JD, JV, and others before him. This says a lot.

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  6. Boyd and Turnbull are the two guys l’m totally sold on. I love Rogers’ defense but I’m nervous he will not hit enough to warrant a roster spot in Detroit. At least he’s shown flashes of power, which might be his saving grace. Next spring we’ll probably have a better gauge on that.

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    • I mentioned I was concerned about Mize being shut down on Twitter, and the torches and pitch fork crowd came at me full force. Don’t crush anyone’s dream about the “rebuild”.

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  7. I’d suggest Jones, Demeritte, and Harold Castro deserve another look. The person who doesn’t is Rogers! He’s batting .133 and dropping, going one for 22 in his last games and has struck out 28x in 65 @ bats. As finally reported..he has five passed balls in 16 games while McCann had five in 114 games last season and none in 85 games this year. Why keep a AA catcher on an MLB roster?

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    • Correction: Rogers has struck out 29 times in 60 @ bats. Why would anyone keep a catcher on an MLB roster who is batting .133 and dropping, strikes out 50% of the time, and has serious issues just catching the ball? Because he has quick feet?

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  8. Truly sad I have to rack my mind to find ANY keepers on this sad roster. I guess you have Boyd and maybe Turnbull and Norris. The only hitters would be Castro and Demerrite,at least till they become the next Candelario flop. I had such high hopes for Rogers,until he has shown he cant hit above .150.Sad times guys.

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  9. I sure don’t see Turnbull like everyone else does. He started out like a house on fire, but have you looked at him lately? He is as likely to go 2 or 3 innings as he is 5 or 6. He has zero wins and 7 losses in his last 10 games. He is 3-12 with a WHIP that is too high at 1.38. It takes more than being able to strike out hitters to be a good MLB SP. The games he can’t pitch beyond the 3rd inning are games he has no control and walks as many as he K’s.

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  10. Turnbull must show more but more than who? Right now it’s pretty bleak. As for Rodgers, he reminds me of another catcher we had, very good defensively, nicknamed McCannon because of his arm. The White Sox have him and he’s hitting .289 15HR .340 OBP so far this year. Must be because all the things “Legendary Lloyd” taught him is finally paying off! Also, Jones improvement at the plate may be due more to Miggy working with him than anything our crack coaching staff may have done.

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  11. I suppose rookies have to put up All-Star numbers as soon as the step on a major league field. People are giving up on Rogers after 60 at bats. Give the kids a chance to grow into their roles.

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  12. AA has already said he’d trade anyone on the roster so guessing no one on either of your lists is still around by next spring although AA & CI love cheap so when the dust clears it will be anyone whose getting the minimum..sigh

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  13. As for today’s thing. Remember what Holly says via yesterday’s ‘window cleaning’. Jacoby, like all good players,will be gone for financial reasons before long.

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