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Detroit Tigers
Stadium: Comerica Park | Manager: Brad

Depth Chart

 
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Y. Cespedes
J. Martinez
R. Davis
T. Collins
A. Gose
R. Davis
T. Collins
J. Martinez
S. Moya
T. Collins
N. Castellanos
A. Romine
H. Perez
J. Iglesias
A. Romine
H. Perez
Rotation
1. D. Price
2. J. Verlander
3. A. Sanchez
4. A. Simon
5. S. Greene
I. Kinsler
A. Romine
H. Perez
M. Cabrera
V. Martinez
DH
V. Martinez
M. Cabrera
DL
None
A. Avila
B. Holaday
J. McCann
  Bullpen
J. Nathan (CL)
J. Soria
A. Alburquerque
J. Hanrahan
T. Gorzelanny
B. Hardy
L. Putkonen
B. Rondon
Last Updated: 01/21/2015
 
player is injured   news about this player  
 
Last Five Games
10/5 vs. BAL
I. Kinsler2B
T. HunterRF
M. Cabrera1B
V. MartinezDH
J. MartinezLF
A. AvilaC
N. Castellanos3B
A. RomineSS
D. KellyCF
 
10/3 vs. BAL
I. Kinsler2B
T. HunterRF
M. Cabrera1B
V. MartinezDH
J. MartinezLF
N. Castellanos3B
A. AvilaC
A. RomineSS
R. DavisCF
 
10/2 vs. BAL
I. Kinsler2B
T. HunterRF
M. Cabrera1B
V. MartinezDH
J. MartinezLF
A. AvilaC
N. Castellanos3B
A. RomineSS
R. DavisCF
 
9/28 vs. MIN
I. Kinsler2B
T. HunterRF
M. Cabrera1B
V. MartinezDH
J. MartinezLF
A. AvilaC
N. Castellanos3B
A. RomineSS
E. CarreraCF
 
9/27 vs. MIN
I. Kinsler2B
T. HunterRF
M. Cabrera1B
V. MartinezDH
J. MartinezLF
N. Castellanos3B
A. AvilaC
A. RomineSS
R. DavisCF

Most Frequent Lineup
 AvgHRRBI
I. Kinsler2B.2751792
T. HunterRF.2861783
M. Cabrera1B.31325109
V. MartinezDH.33532103
J. MartinezLF.3152376
N. Castellanos3B.2591166
A. AvilaC.2181147
A. RomineSS.227212
R. DavisCF.282851
 
Notes
  • 115 different lineups used this season.
  • Most frequent lineup used in 5 games.

Other Frequent Lineups
5 Game(s)
I. Kinsler2B
T. HunterRF
M. Cabrera1B
V. MartinezDH
A. JacksonCF
N. Castellanos3B
A. AvilaC
A. RomineSS
R. DavisLF
4 Game(s)
I. Kinsler2B
T. HunterRF
M. Cabrera1B
V. MartinezDH
J. MartinezLF
N. Castellanos3B
A. AvilaC
E. SuarezSS
R. DavisCF
4 Game(s)
R. DavisLF
I. Kinsler2B
M. Cabrera1B
V. MartinezDH
T. HunterRF
A. JacksonCF
N. Castellanos3B
B. HoladayC
D. WorthSS
4 Game(s)
R. DavisCF
I. Kinsler2B
M. Cabrera1B
V. MartinezDH
T. HunterRF
J. MartinezLF
N. Castellanos3B
B. HoladayC
E. SuarezSS
4 Game(s)
A. JacksonCF
I. Kinsler2B
M. Cabrera1B
V. MartinezDH
J. MartinezLF
T. HunterRF
N. Castellanos3B
A. AvilaC
E. SuarezSS

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
J.D. Martinez, #28
Year-to-date Stats
GAVGRHRRBISB
123.3155723766
 
Position Breakdown
OF - 111, DH - 5
Tom Gorzelanny, #32
Year-to-date Stats
WLIPERASVK
0021.00.86023
 
Steven Moya, #33
Year-to-date Stats
GAVGRHRRBISB
11.3752000
 
Position Breakdown
OF - 5, DH - 2
Alex Avila, #13
Year-to-date Stats
GAVGRHRRBISB
124.2184411470
 
Position Breakdown
C - 122, 1B - 1, DH - 1
News
After an injury-plagued season in which he suffered several concussions, Tigers catcher Alex Avila has been cleared by doctors for all physical activities, he told reporters on Thursday, per MLive.com.

"I'm feeling great," Avila said. "After the season, there were a few days of just kind of relaxing, recovering from the concussion. After that, I was cleared by the doctors on everything. I feel great and moving along as normal."

Avilla will enter spring training without any restrictions. Manager Brad Ausmus indicated in December that he could see a lighter workload behind the plate in 2015. Because of the injuries, Avilla is open to wearing a hockey-style catcher's mask this season.

"I tried it one time my very first spring training in a bullpen," Avila said. "I didn't give it much of a chance. I never really thought how much of a difference it would make as far as kind of withstanding those impacts from the ball. But you live and you learn."

Avilla struggled last season, hitting just .218/.327/.359 over 390 at-bats. He noted that he never considered hanging up his cleats after a rough 2014 campaign.

"Never," Avila said. "That's never even crossed my mind."

James McCann, #34
Year-to-date Stats
GAVGRHRRBISB
9.2502001
 
Position Breakdown
C - 6, DH - 3
Hernan Perez, #26
Year-to-date Stats
GAVGRHRRBISB
8.2001000
 
Position Breakdown
2B - 5, SS - 1, 3B - 2
News
Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Thursday that infielder Andrew Romine will get some work in the outfield during the spring, MLive.com reports.

Romine appeared in 94 games during the 2014 season, spending most of his time at shortstop, and he's also seen time at second base and third base in his major-league career (as well as one pitching appearance). His only playing time in seven minor-league seasons also came at those same three infield positions.

If Romine is able to handle the outfield defensively, he could serve in the a similar role as utility player Don Kelly, who saw action at every position at all three outfield positions as well as work at first base, second base and third base in each of the Tigers' last two seasons.

Romine, who is out of options, is expected to compete for a roster spot with infielder Hernan Perez, who will also get some playing time in the outfield. Romine hit .227/.279/.275 with two home runs, 12 RBI and 12 stolen bases in 251 at-bats in his first season with the Tigers in 2014. Perez, who has split time primarily between shortstop and second base in the minors, hit .287/.331/.404 with six home runs, 53 RBI and 21 stolen bases in 547 at-bats with Triple-A Toledo.

Joakim Soria, #38
Year-to-date Stats
WLIPERASVK
2444.13.251848
 
News
Tigers manager Brad Ausmus announced his tentative plans for his bullpen this season, according to mlive.com.

Ausmus said that, in an ideal world, Bruce Rondon would be used in the seventh inning, Joakim Soria would pitch in the eighth and Joe Nathan would close games out. Rondon is a bit of a question mark, as he's coming off March Tommy John Surgery. He's expected to be fully healthy by spring training, but the team will move him along slowly at first.

After a midseason trade brought him to Detroit, Soria was actually a better pitcher than Nathan. Despite that, Nathan managed to hold onto the closer role.

That appears to be the case again heading into 2015. Nathan posted a 4.81 ERA over 58 innings last season. It was his highest ERA since 2011. Nathan still managed to save 35 games with the club. 

Bruce Rondon, #43
Year-to-date Stats
WLIPERASVK
000.00.0000
 
Jose Iglesias, #1
Year-to-date Stats
GAVGRHRRBISB
000000
 
News
Tigers manager Brad Ausmus is confident shortstop Jose Iglesias, who missed all of the 2014 season due to stress fractures in both legs, will be able to return to his role as the team's everyday shortstop, per MLive.com.

"The short answer is yes, I'm under the impression he's ready (to play everyday). That being said, he still has to go out there and do it," Ausmus said. "We've got to get him out there and see if he can withstand a pounding. But as of right this second, we're under the impression he'll be healthy."

Luke Putkonen, #39
Year-to-date Stats
WLIPERASVK
002.227.0001
 
Alfredo Simon, #31
Year-to-date Stats
WLIPERABBK
1510196.13.4456127
 
Andrew Romine, #27
Year-to-date Stats
GAVGRHRRBISB
1.2273021212
 
Position Breakdown
SS - 7, 3B - 3
News
Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Thursday that infielder Andrew Romine will get some work in the outfield during the spring, MLive.com reports.

Romine appeared in 94 games during the 2014 season, spending most of his time at shortstop, and he's also seen time at second base and third base in his major-league career (as well as one pitching appearance). His only playing time in seven minor-league seasons also came at those same three infield positions.

If Romine is able to handle the outfield defensively, he could serve in the a similar role as utility player Don Kelly, who saw action at every position at all three outfield positions as well as work at first base, second base and third base in each of the Tigers' last two seasons.

Romine, who is out of options, is expected to compete for a roster spot with infielder Hernan Perez, who will also get some playing time in the outfield. Romine hit .227/.279/.275 with two home runs, 12 RBI and 12 stolen bases in 251 at-bats in his first season with the Tigers in 2014. Perez, who has split time primarily between shortstop and second base in the minors, hit .287/.331/.404 with six home runs, 53 RBI and 21 stolen bases in 547 at-bats with Triple-A Toledo.

David Price, #14
Year-to-date Stats
WLIPERABBK
1512248.13.2638271
 
News
When asked if he's considering signing a long-term contract extension with the Tigers, starting pitcher David Price replied with an emphatic "absolutely," according to the Detroit Free-Press on Saturday.

Price, 29, avoided arbitration with the Tigers by agreeing to a one-year, $19.75-million last week. He made $14 million in 2014. General manager Dave Dombrowski also indicated earlier in the week that the team never considered trading Price, and that they're aiming to keep the left-handed hurler in Detroit "for a long time."

Price went 4-4 with a 3.59 ERA in 11 starts after joining the Tigers via a midseason trade.

Miguel Cabrera, #24
Year-to-date Stats
GAVGRHRRBISB
159.313101251091
 
Position Breakdown
1B - 126, 3B - 10, DH - 25
Injuries
Ankle - Probable for start of spring training (Updated - 10/24/14)
News
Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera is not expected to miss much time with his ankle injury, according to the Detroit Free Press

Cabrera had ankle surgery to remove bone spurs shortly after the season, and has been recovering during the offseason. He was recently cleared to ditch his walking boot, and will be re-evaluated by team doctors on Feb. 15. General manager Dave Dombrowski told reporters Cabrera shouldn't miss much time due to the injury. "We're hopeful at that point he gets turned loose," Dombrowski said. "If he's not ready for Opening Day, it's going to be very, very close."

The 31-year-old Cabrera hit .313/.371/.524 over 611 at-bats last year. 

Rajai Davis, #20
Year-to-date Stats
GAVGRHRRBISB
134.2826485136
 
Position Breakdown
OF - 125, DH - 1
Anthony Gose, #8
Year-to-date Stats
GAVGRHRRBISB
94.2263121315
 
Ian Kinsler, #3
Year-to-date Stats
GAVGRHRRBISB
161.275100179215
 
Position Breakdown
2B - 160
Joe Nathan, #36
Year-to-date Stats
WLIPERASVK
5458.04.813554
 
News
Tigers reliever Joe Nathan altered his offseason workouts in order to stay fresh, according to MLB.com.

Nathan admitted that he doesn't want people to think he's washed up after last year. "I don’t want people thinking that I’m done," he said. "I think coming into not just the spring, but coming into the season, I want to prove to myself and other people I still have something left in the tank."

In order to get off to a quicker start, Nathan decided to work more on his agility during the offseason. "It’s almost like I’m going back to the younger days as far as agility-type stuff and seeing if we can get some more in my legs, keep my spring in my legs, as opposed to just doing squats and squats and squats," he said. 

Nathan added that he's lifting more weight than he ever has, and said his range of motion has improved. The 40-year-old Nathan posted a 4.81 ERA over 58 innings last year. 

Bryan Holaday, #50
Year-to-date Stats
GAVGRHRRBISB
62.231140151
 
Position Breakdown
C - 58, DH - 2
Victor Martinez, #41
Year-to-date Stats
GAVGRHRRBISB
151.33587321033
 
Position Breakdown
C - 2, 1B - 35, DH - 115
Joel Hanrahan, #52
Year-to-date Stats
WLIPERASVK
000.00.0000
 
Nick Castellanos, #9
Year-to-date Stats
GAVGRHRRBISB
148.2595011662
 
Position Breakdown
3B - 145
Shane Greene, #61
Year-to-date Stats
WLIPERABBK
5478.23.782981
 
Al Alburquerque, #62
Year-to-date Stats
WLIPERASVK
3157.12.51163
 
News
The Tigers have re-signed pitcher Al Alburquerque to a $1.725 million contract with a $12,500 bonus for 75 appearances, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

Alburquerque originally filed for $2.05 million in arbitration while Detroit offered $1.375 million, according to Heyman. The team made the deal official Sunday, avoiding arbitration.

The five-year veteran went 3-1 in 2014 with a 2.51 ERA in 72 games. 

Tyler Collins, #18
Year-to-date Stats
GAVGRHRRBISB
18.2503140
 
Position Breakdown
OF - 11, DH - 1
Anibal Sanchez, #19
Year-to-date Stats
WLIPERABBK
85126.03.4330102
 
Justin Verlander, #35
Year-to-date Stats
WLIPERABBK
1512206.04.5465159
 
News
Tigers starting pitcher Justin Verlander said Thursday this is the best he's felt physically approaching the start of spring training in at least three years. Verlander dealt with some shoulder issues in 2014 after undergoing core muscle surgery near his left hip last offseason.

"I've added 20 pounds of muscle," he said, per the Detroit Free Press. "I busted my butt in the weight room. And my pitching motion already feels a lot more fluid now than it did a year ago. It was great having an uninterrupted offseason of training and conditioning. At this same time a year ago, I was barely a few days removed from having (core muscle) surgery."

Verlander knew he was going to face a challenging season in 2014 after he talked with Ian Kinsler and former teammate Torii Hunter, who both said it took them a full year to fully regain their lower-body strength after having similar procedures.

"I didn't want to use that as an excuse," Verlander said. "I didn't want to talk about it because there was nothing I could do about it. I just had to work through it and do the best that I could to get out there and pitch. But I was a twisted mess last season. I couldn't generate the power I needed from my hips and lower body. My strength doesn't come from my arm. But I've got no problem talking about it now because I know it's in the past."

Blaine Hardy, #65
Year-to-date Stats
WLIPERASVK
2139.02.54031
 
Yoenis Cespedes, #52
Year-to-date Stats
GAVGRHRRBISB
152.26089221007
 
News
Tigers manager Brad Ausmus told reporters that outfielder Yoenis Cespedes will hit in the heart of the order this season, per the Detroit Free-Press.

Cespedes, 29, was acquired in a December trade with Boston. He batted cleanup in 235 of his 416 career games in the majors. He hit .260 with 100 RBI last season between Oakland and Boston. He owns a .263 average, .464 slugging percentage and .780 OPS in 416 games over three MLB seasons.