Team Strengths: The Tigers boast the maximum starting pitching depth in the branch outside the Indians. Matt Boyd and Jordan Zimmermann hovered around league average last year, and Michael Fulmer is among those American League’s best when healthy. Tyson Ross is coming off a bounceback year after he revealed he can still be a nice starter. The No. 5 spot 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, although Niko Goodrum and Christin Stewart revealed 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 motions were made. Miguel Cabrera was in the middle of a bounceback year this past year prior to a ruptured biceps tendon finished his year, so his return could buoy the offense somewhat. However, even if that happens and Stewart and Goodrum reveal they’re for real, there’ll be a lot of holes in the Tigers lineup.
Final Outlook: The Tigers beginning pitching makes a step ahead potential following successive 64-98 seasons, but another top-10 draft select seems probable in 2020.