In a blink of an eye, Detroit Tigers Spring Training 2023 is starting up, with pitchers and catchers reporting starting on February 15th. Then the next big date to remember is full squad work out starts on February 20th. There are 22 non-roster players who got the invite to spring training. Here’s the breakdown:
Pitchers (10): RHP Elvis Alvarado, RHP Kervin Castro, RHP Angel De Jesus, LHP Miguel Del Pozo, RHP Miguel Diaz, RHP Brenan Hanifee, LHP Zach Logue, LHP Chasen Shreve, RHP Trey Wingenter, LHP Adam Wolf
Position Players (12): 3B/OF Brendon Davis, OF Jonathan Davis, C Dillon Dingler, C Mario Feliciano, INF César Hernández, INF Andy Ibañez, INF Colt Keith, C Andrew Knapp, 3B/OF Justyn-Henry Malloy, INF Jermaine Palacios, C Michael Papierski, 1B/C Julio Rodriguez
Alvarado, De Jesus, Del Pozo, Diaz and Wolf all pitched in the Detroit Tigers minor leagues last season. Both Alvarado and Wolf were a part of the Erie SeaWolves bullpen that down the stretch helped clinch a division crown.
Tigers looking for depth
On the position side, the Tigers will feature a mix of veterans and prospects. Ibáñez, who can play multiple positions, started the 2022 season as the Rangers third baseman. He wound up spending the rest of the season in the minors after June. The two latest minor league signings with invites to camp, Davis and Hernández, both also saw time in 2022. Hernández, who won a Gold Glove back in 2020 with Cleveland, hit 21 home runs in 2021. However, in 2022, he experienced a steep power decline with the Nationals. As Evan Petzold of the Freep.com reported, if he gets added to the roster, his contract is worth $1.5 million.
Davis has primary played center field after being drafted by the Jays in 2015. He is a glove first outfielder, and once was named the Best Defensive Outfielder in the Jays system in 2019. Lastly, Palacios also brings positional versatility, similar to Ibáñez.
Keith, and Malloy on the prospect side, will give perhaps Tigers fans two players they may say see in 2023. The same could be said for Dingler, who has shown great athleticism behind the plate. However, the bat will need to perk up and make some noise down in the minors this season before that can happen.
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