Detroit Tigers: Right side of the infield will add power to the lineup in 2021

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The Detroit Tigers’ offseason additions should prove to help add some pop overall. Specifically, the right side of the infield for the Tigers should be able to see a nice boost in power, similar to the setup from the 2020 season when the team added C.J. Cron and Jonathan Schoop.

This offseason, the Detroit Tigers added in first baseman Renato Núñez, who will help the Tigers score some runs. The hope is to show some overall improvements, and scoring runs would be a start for this organization.

It is no secret that the Tigers still have a bit of a long road to climb, but in 2021 the small steps would be to steal a few wins here and there and get some positive things to build on this year. Adding some power threats should allow them to score runs and, in turn, at least stay in ballgames and ideally win a few here more than expected here and there.

The Tigers’ right side of the infield is likely to be anchored by Jonathan Schoop and Renato Núñez, who could very easily add some home runs to the team totals. Take a look at these two and why they could be sluggers for the organization during the 2021 season.

In 2021, keep an eye on Jonathan Schoop and Renato Núñez, who will be Detroit Tigers sluggers.

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After a 2020 season with the Tigers, Schoop could very easily find himself at the top of the list when it comes to power from the team’s hitters in 2021.

During the 60-game sprint, Schoop played in 44 games where he had eight home runs and 23 RBI.

The predictions on Baseball-Reference are very friendly to Schoop, who is slated to have 21 home runs and 61 RBI on the season.

This would be a really nice power boost from the second baseman for the Tigers and help them manufacture some runs.

Over at first base, Núñez could very easily top Schoop and find a way to manufacture runs just as easily. In 2020, Núñez played 52 games where he had 12 home runs and 31 RBI for the Baltimore Orioles.

Being no stranger to a rebuilding team, having spent two full seasons and parts of a third with the Orioles, he should fit right in. The projections for Núñez are generous, and Baseball-Reference predicts him to have 26 home runs and 75 RBI.

Overall, these projections would mean a nice jump in power coming from the Tigers’ first and second basemen. The two would likely lead or be near the top of the leaderboard for home runs on this Tigers team.

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If the right side of the infield can produce home runs and manufacture runs, as these projections say, the Detroit Tigers may be able to squeak out a few wins here and there.