The Detroit Tigers made several housekeeping moves today to trim their roster down to the MLB mandatory 40-man limit. Ryan Raburn was the victim of one of these roster moves. The Tigers utility player had the worst season of his six-year career in 2012 and proved to be expendable by the team that drafted him in 2001.
In 2012, Raburn had 35 hits in 205 at-bats, good for a .171 batting average. Raburn had one home run and twelve RBIs. At one point during the season, Raburn was sent down to Triple A after hitting less than .100. Raburn also appeared on the DL list twice, including a season ending strained quadriceps injury.
In six years, Raburn is a career .256 hitter. The utility man played second base and outfield primarily for the Tigers. Raburn’s best year was 2007, when his batting average was above .300 (.307). Raburn played in 66 games during the 2012 season, after playing in more than 90 each of the previous four seasons.
The poor performance by the Tigers second baseman in 2012 led them to trade with the Miami Marlins for Omar Infante. Raburn made $2.1 million in 2012 and was eligible for salary arbitration after completing a two-year deal.
Raburn was a fifth round draft pick of the Tigers in the 2001 MLB Draft. Raburn was previously selected by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in the 18th round of the 1999 MLB Draft. The former Tiger did not sign with the Rays, opting instead to play college baseball at the University of Florida.