Great news! You'll finally get to see Steven Moya and James McCann wearing the Tigers' uniform. The pair were among a larger-than-normal contingent of minor leaguers who'll be called up by Detroit for the September roster expansion.
OF Tyler Collins, IF Hernan Perez, LHP Kyle Lobstein, LHP Kyle Ryan, and LHP Robbie Ray will also be wearing the Old English D.
Moya, a 22-year-old listed at 6'7 and 220 pounds but seemingly bigger in person, may be the most interesting name of the bunch, though finding playing time for the big slugger may be difficult. For others, McCann's the one to watch. (Those others are probably the ones who think Alex Avila doesn't hit enough.) A catcher who can hit! The five others have already represented the Tigers in 2013 or 2014.
McCann, a 6'2, 210-pound 24-year-old has spent the entire season at Triple A and is batting .295 with .343 on-base percentage and .427 slugging. So, yeah, he is sorta exciting. Don't expect him to supplant Avila or Bryan Holaday, but he should find some playing time to spell the others.
Moya, a left-handed batter, has hit .276/.306/.555, spending the entire 2014 season in Double A. Moya's big swing provides power but it also has resulted in more than a few whiffs. He struck out 161 times in 515 at bats this season. He spent most of his season in right field.
"He brings that threat off the bench to hit the ball 450 feet," Ausmus said. "He can hit it to all fields. Opposing managers are going to have to be aware of that." (via MLive)
We of course know the rest. Collins began the year on the Tigers' roster and provides some power off the bench as a corner outfielder. Collins batted .263 with 18 home runs in Triple A since then. He had two hits in 14 at bats in the majors, though.
Hernan Perez was talked about as being as a shortstop option in spring training after Jose Iglesias' injury and has 36 games with the Tigers in 2012-13 under his belt. He can play both middle infield positions. He batted .287/.331/.404 for Toledo this year.
Ray has been disappointing, while Lobstein and Ryan both performed fine in their starting pitching debuts in August. The trio should give the Tigers a bit of depth when a starter doesn't have his stuff or in case of a spot start.
Those left out of the roster expansion? Lefty Ian Krol is one of them. Buck Farmer, who made two starts, was left off as well.
Drew VerHagen was placed on the 60-day DL to make roster room for McCann.