As Spring Training nears an end, the Tigers roster has no end yet. Teams normally carry 13 positional players and 12 pitchers on their 25-man roster. Two positional spots remain and appear to be down to Brennan Boesch, Andy Dirks, Casper Wells, and Danny Worth. Take a look at your position players as of now:
Catchers: Alex Avila, Victor Martinez
Infielders: Miguel Cabrera, Will Rhymes, Jhonny Peralta, Brandon Inge, Ramon Santiago
Outfielders: Ryan Raburn, Austin Jackson, Magglio Ordonez, Don Kelly
Of the four remaining candidates, Worth is the only infielder. Does it give him an edge? Not necessarily. Incase you forgot, Scott Sizemore was sent down earlier in the week. Many experts and fans had him making the opening day roster (Note: I did not). With Santiago being primarily a middle infielder and Don Kelly being able to play both corner infield positions, it only hurts the chance of Worth making the cut. It's not rare by any means but I still say Worth to Mud Hens.
So that leaves two spots for the three outfielders. Andy Dirks has been the most impressive as far as stats go - .345 average with 3 triples. Not to mention he has been great defensively. So what hurts his chances? Not his age because he just turned 25 in January. He is, however, not on the 40-man roster but does that really make a difference? A little, a move would have to be made to purchase his contract. But I'm going with big league experience and unfortunately for Dirks, he has none. Dirks will start in Toledo...hopefully.
So there you go, I'll go with Brennan Boesch and Casper Wells to fill the final two position spots. Mainly for their big league at bat numbers, Boesch with 464 and Wells with 93. Wells has more power in his bat than Dirks as well. Having a lefty in Boesch and a right-handed bat in Wells could be a great tool for the Tigers coming off the bench.
Or maybe I'm completely wrong, but we will all know for sure very soon!
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