Tigers Rookies: The Cheat Sheet

Detroit makes its first visit to Minneapolis tonight. The Tigers trail the Twins by a bare half game in the AL Central, are the only team to beat the Twins in a series this year, and have won five in a row - and they're doing it with a few names you might not recognize. Below, a quick guide to the rookies that you may be hearing a lot about not only in the next few years, but this year.


Austin Jackson

#14 / Center Field / Detroit Tigers

6-1

185

R

R

Feb 01, 1987


  • Former Yankees prospect who the Tigers got in the Curtis Granderson trade.
  • Leads the American League in hits. Already has had twelve multiple-hit games. Hitting .367.
  • Leads the American League in strikeouts.
  • Fast. Like, really fast. Hits leadoff.
  • Not actually Carlos Gomez in disguise, though you'd be forgiven for making the comparison.
  • At least one columnist is saying he's an All-Star. Not a future All-Star, mind you - now.
  • One downer: He's hitting .527 on the balls he puts into play, which is absurdly unsustainable, so he's likely to come back down to earth a bit.


Scott Sizemore

#20 / Second Base / Detroit Tigers

6-0

185

R

R

Jan 04, 1985



  • Went from "top prospect" to "starting second baseman" this year.
  • Killed the ball at every level of the minors, including a .308 / .388 / .500 line combined at AA and AAA last year. Hit 17 homers, too.
  • Despite all this, everyone seems to think his ceiling is "solid," not spectacular.
  • Hitting .265; right now, he's average offensively and average defensively, and for a rookie, that's not bad. Usually eighth in the lineup.


Brennan Boesch

#26 / Left Field / Detroit Tigers

6-4

235

L

L

Apr 12, 1985



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