Team Strengths: The Tigers boast the maximum beginning pitching depth in the division outside of the Indians. Matt Boyd and Jordan Zimmermann hovered around league average last year, also Michael Fulmer is among the American League’s best when healthy. Tyson Ross is coming from a bounceback year when he showed he can still be a fine starter. The No. 5 place is unsettled, but with four average or better starters sets Detroit apart.
Team Weaknesses: Underrated standout Nicholas Castellanos was Detroit’s only above-average hitter a year ago, even though Niko Goodrum and Christin Stewart showed promise late in this season. With this lack of offensive talent, the Tigers scored the fifth-fewest runs in MLB and had the fourth-lowest OPS.
What They Did About It: The Tigers have adopted a rebuild, so few moves were created. Miguel Cabrera was in the midst of a bounceback season last year prior to a ruptured biceps tendon finished his year, so his return could match the crime somewhat. However, even if this happens and Stewart and Goodrum show they’re for real, there’ll be a good deal of holes in the Tigers lineup.
Last Outlook: The Tigers beginning pitching leaves a step ahead potential following successive 64-98 seasons, but a different top-10 draft pick appears likely in 2020.