With the Detroit Tigers looking to contend in the future, who will be the players to lead their ballclub?
The glory days of the 2010s for the Tigers were headlined by stars like Miguel Cabrera and Justin Verlander. Who could be those next waves of players? The guys we look at to lead the Tigers and give them all-star level seasons for years to come. While only time will tell, here’s a crack at predicting who the next five Detroit Tigers all-stars could be.
2023- Javier Baez
Javier Baez’s first season with the Tigers did not go as planned. A thumb injury did hamper the former all-star’s production, but a strong last month of the season has Tigers fans hopeful for 2023.
Baez has the option to opt-out after this year, with the decision to potentially leave 4 years and $98 million on the table.
Javier Baez, despite his flaws, is an all-star level talent. A healthy 2023 as well as the incentive to opt-out, makes Baez a solid pick to make the all-star team in 2023.
2024- Riley Greene
Riley Greene has a lot of potential for the Detroit Tigers moving forward. Greene did not have an inspiring rookie season, with fans looking to his 53% ground ball rate as a reason why.
Greene’s offense should translate to the major league level and if he can get the ball in the air move, Greene can be a star for the Tigers. Let’s not forget to mention his defensive ability as well in the outfield.
With so much uncertainty around the team, Riley Greene looks like a player Tigers fans can count on moving forward to be a pillar for the ballclub.
2024- Spencer Torkelson
The former number one overall pick had a rookie year that did not go as planned in 2022. Torkelson would eventually be sent down to Toledo late in the 2022 season, before being called back up in September.
Torkelson has hit at every level he has played at, giving fans hope for the future. The 23-year-old has enormous pressure on him, being the first overall pick. The fanbase seems to be torn as to if they believe Torkelson can reach that potential.
But with hopefully some maturity and improvement in his future, Torkelson can adjust to big league pitching to be the hitter Tigers fans hope he can be.
2025- Casey Mize
The first overall pick in the 2018 MLB Draft, Mize will likely miss all of the 2023 season due to Tommy John Surgery.
While he may not be a Scott Harris draft pick, Mize still has all-star potential for the Detroit Tigers. Fans forget his 2021 season, in which he pitched 150 innings to the tune of a 3.71 ERA.
Mize has proven he can succeed at the big-league level. While he may not ever become the pitcher we thought he could be, an all-star season could still be in his future.
2026- Parker Meadows
There is a debate to be had as to who the Detroit Tigers best prospect is. Parker Meadows is a guy who is right at the forefront of that conversation.
Meadows caught the eye of Tigers fans this spring, showing the type of hitter he can be at the big league level. His defensive potential is there as well, with the possibility of him sticking in center field in the future.
Parker Meadows was a prospect drafted in the second round, and is finally living up to expectations. Tigers fans are hopeful of an outfield headlined by Riley Greene and Parker Meadows, with Meadows likely to break the major league club in 2023.
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