2013 Detroit Tigers Projected Line Up
Spring Training is right around the corner and this year’s Detroit Tigers team is looking pretty solid. They are one of the favorites to win the World Series in the fall. They still have a lot of the same players but there are a few spots that will look a bit different. The big parts of the lineup are still intact; such as Austin Jackson leading off, Miguel Cabrera hitting 3rd with Prince Fielder cleaning up. Today, I will go over the lineup that I think they should put out there and later I will talk about their pitching staff.
1st – CF Austin Jackson – Typical leadoff hitter and a great centerfielder. Love that he changed his swing last year.
2nd – RF Torii Hunter – I love this signing, a little more money but hey it’s not mine. Great defender, great clubhouse guy that will take Jackson under his wing and good with the stick. Might not do as well hitting as last year but I love it.
3rd – 3rd Miguel Cabrera – Triple Crown… Enough said…
4th – 1st Prince Fielder – .313 BA, 30 HR .940 On Base Plus slugging. I’ll take it in the 4 hole.
5th – DH Victor Martinez – He will be a huge addition to the line up again, just like he was two years ago. I think a year off will be beneficial for his career, look for a huge year out of Victor.
6th – LF Andy Dirks – Had a big year last year and earned a starting job. A hitter with versatility that can hit pretty much anywhere in the lineup. Adds a little speed in the middle of the order.
7th – SS Johnny Peralta – Last year he slumped a lot but I think Peralta is a guy who should hit .270-.280 a year with 15-20 HR’s and 65-75 RBI’s in his career and will do so this year.
8th – C Alex Avila – Another guy who struggled last year. But I think he pretty much the same hitter as Peralta but left handed.
9th – 2nd Omar Infante – A great addition last year that shored up the 2nd base spot. Could see him hitting 2nd if Hunter needs a break.
OF Avisail Garcia – Will get starts against Lefties for Dirks in LF and could see him get some starts when Hunter needs a break.
OF Quintin Berry – Will be a great asset off the bench in late innings for a defensive replacement or when the team needs a base stealer.
IF Ramon Santiago – Love Ramon, best defensive IFer and can play 2nd, SS, and 3rd. I’ll also add that he’s a switch hitter, perfect guy for a bench role.
C Brayan Pena – Switch hitting catcher that is a great addition to be a backup. Hard working guy that could play the IF as well.
Don’t forget to come back to read about the 2013 Detroit Tigers pitching staff and also read earlier articles that I have written.
~ Benjamin Brown