5 Players Who Have Been Disappointing for Detroit Tigers in 2013

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5 Detroit Tigers Who Have Disappointed in 2013

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The Detroit Tigers have been increasing their lead in the American League Central for the past few games. They had been in the midst of a pretty rough stretch ever since center fielder Austin Jackson hit the disabled list.

Now that they have a bit of momentum going their way, they have plenty of people to thank for their success, albeit they are in one of the weakest divisions in baseball.

While many Tigers have performed up to expectations and others have exceeded expectations, there are also a few guys who have failed to make a splash thus far in 2013. I am going to take a look at five Tigers that have disappointed so far in the 2013 season.

Having one of the best hitting and pitching teams in baseball, it's hard to find any guys that have been disappointing, but there are a few sprinkled in with the rest.

Although the guys on this list may be in a bit of a slump, they still have the talent and potential to finish the season strong and be solid contributors to this lineup or pitching staff. There are a couple pitchers and a couple hitters. Some guys are proven all-stars and some guys are just trying to make it big.

One thing is for sure, however, these guys were all expected to have great seasons and be huge pieces to the Tigers' World Series puzzle come October.

They all still may end up as such, but only time will tell how important these guys become.

Here is my list for five Detroit Tigers that have been disappointments so far in the 2013 season.

Connor Muldowney is a columnist for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @Connormuldowney, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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Alex Avila, C

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Alex Avila was once a top catcher in baseball in 2011, even making the MLB All Star team as a starter. He has been banged up and knocked around, seemingly getting hit by any every baseball in sight, but the 26-year-old catcher still has the talent to be one of the best. He's had a slow start to 2013, however, with a .182 average, but flashing some power with five homers and 14 RBI.

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Brayan Villarreal, RHP

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Brayan Villarreal was one of the most trustworthy bullpen pitchers the Tigers had in 2012. He had a 2.63 ERA with 66 strikeouts in just 54.2 innings. It's safe to say he was looked toward to be a top bullpen guy in 2013, but failed to deliver in just seven appearances, earning a 20.77 ERA with just six strikeouts in 4.1 innings. He's now in the minors trying to get his game back on track.

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Bruce Rondon, RHP

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The 22-year-old closer had a bright future with the Tigers, but Bruce Rondon struggled a bit in spring training prior to the 2013 season, but was still supposed to be the closer of the future for this club. He appeared in just three games for the major league squad posting an 11.57 ERA with just one strikeout. He's back in the minors and will likely be there for a while.

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Ramon Santiago, IF

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Ramon Santiago used to be that infield guy that could come off the bench and hit you .260-plus with a bit of pop in his bat. He has been less than ideal for the Tigers for the past two seasons, but many hoped that his poor performance in 2012 was just a fluke. He's brought his poor play into the 2013 season with a .159 average and just one RBI in 17 games. It's safe to say he needs to step up before he gets shipped out.

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Victor Martinez, DH

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Victor Martinez was forced to sit out the entire 2012 season because of a leg injury. However, he is back in 2013 and trying to get in his normal, everyday groove. It's tough going from not playing for an entire season to playing in the second-most games on the team. He's starting to get his swing back, hitting better recently, but has still performed below average this season. Victor is hitting .241 with five home runs and 30 RBI's, but he's hitting .348 in his past seven games with three homers and five RBI's -- he may be back.

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