The team signed veteran outfielder Torii Hunter this off-season and the contact hitter will fit in perfectly at the top of the team’s lineup. Hunter will likely hit second in the heavy hitting Tigers’ batting order. He may have only had 534 at-bats last year, but he still showed an amazing ability to get on base.
This is exactly why Hunter will be hitting in front of monsters Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder in the lineup: because Hunter gives the team an amazing opportunity to score runs. Hunter only scored 81 runs last year with the Los Angeles Angels, but look for that number to only go up this year.
Hunter still managed to hit .313 last year along with 16 home runs and a very respectable 92 RBI. Even though he may be turning 38 years old towards the beginning of the 2013 season, he is still making the most of each at-bat.
Hunter even stole nine bases last year, which is not bad from a player that is closing in on an AARP discount. He may not lead the league in stolen bases, but any number of stolen bases will certainly be better than zero from the aging outfielder.
The veteran has always had injury problems throughout his career, but the fact that he played in 140 games last year is very reassuring for fantasy owners. He will likely still miss some time in the upcoming season, but you can expect him to at least lace up his spikes for another 130 games.
Hunter may be getting older, but he can still be a useful fantasy option in the latter rounds this year. He may not be a top-tier option anymore, but he can have value as a third or fourth outfielder in standard leagues.