The Detroit Tigers may not have had a whole lot of positives that came from the 2020 season. However, as the 2021 season approaches, the hopes will be high for infielder Jeimer Candelario as he looks to continue the roll he was on during the 2021 season.
The Detroit Tigers have added some infield talent this offseason, which means Candelario’s role will likely be more concrete over at third base. He has added some versatility to his skillset, where he can play first or third base.
Candelario will likely spend his 2021 season over at third base in a more concrete role. With the signing of Renato Núñez, who will likely be slotted in to play first base, Candelario may only be over at first here and there. Miguel Cabrera is vying for time in the field once again to meaning that Candelario’s time at first is going to be cut down once again.
But, in a more concrete and routine role, Candelario should be able to excel in 2021, keeping his upward trend going throughout the season. While players like Isaac Paredes were called up to play during the 2020 season, Candelario will likely own the spot over at third, undoubtedly.
The Detroit Tigers should expect continued success from Jeimer Candelario in 2021.
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The reason for the idea that he will continue his success stems from Candelario’s fantastic 2020 season.
In 2020, Candelario played in 52 games where he hit .297/.369/.503 with seven home runs and 29 RBI for the Tigers.
Candelario made quite the improvement from 2019 and 2020. In 2019, Candelario logged 94 games for the Tigers, where he hit ..203/.306/.337 with eight home runs and 32 RBI. While this may be a product of a shortened season, his 2020 numbers were impressive.
The hope should be that Candelario can use the success and the boost in confidence from the 2020 season to get things going early in 2021.
If he can find similar success, he will be able to be incredibly good for the organization this year.
Hopefully, as the Tigers keep plugging along through spring ball, Candelario can carry his 2020 success into 2021 and fill a role for the Tigers in the upcoming season. The hopes are not too high for this organization, but if Candelario can find a way to do this, the Tigers will be much better off.
If for some reason, Candelario is unable to get things going in 2021, the Tigers do have some options and will be able to test out a few players. First on that list should be Isaac Paredes, who deserves another look in the big leagues during the 2021 season.
But, staying optimistic, Candelario will likely be the guy over at third and should flourish over a regular-season in 2021.
The Tigers may not have a whole lot of realistic positives to hope for in 2021 but thinking Candelario will have another good season and pick up where he left off is not much of a stretch,