Detroit Tigers: 2022 Preseason superlatives and predictions

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A couple more Detroit Tigers superlatives:

Shortest-Tenured Tiger: Rony García

García has made the opening day roster as a reliever, but I do believe he will be the first one to go. He has a 7.44 FIP in the last two seasons and a 2.9 career HR/9. He might have a path forward as a Tiger, given that he is only 24, but I think it is a battle between him and Jacob Barnes.

Best Catcher: Tucker Barnhart

In the three catcher rotation, the Tigers are running; only Barnhart has the track record and glove to be the everyday guy they can rely upon. I think that even with less power, Barnhart’s numbers will be more consistent and reliable than Haase’s, and I doubt Garneau will see the playing time to be called the best backstop.

Most Underrated Contributor: Javier Báez

Báez has been called nothing but “overhyped” and “overrated ” for the past few years.” Now I believe it has reached a point where he could possibly be underrated when he is a strong .280/.310/.450 hitter. We have a good idea that he is not going to walk and struggle with strikeouts, but he has power and a solid glove at short. His contributions might overshadow his struggles, but I think Báez will impress.

More. The Detroit Tigers should capitalize on Eric Haase’s value. light

Now, these takes are bound to look somewhere close to dumb by at least May, but overall, I am very excited to see baseball back. Competetive Tigers have returned, and the voice of the turtle rings through the land. Happy Opening weekend, everyone! It’s a great time to be a Detroit Tigers fan.