By Jacob Kornhauser on March 18, 2014
The Tigers had another deep playoff run in 2013 and are hoping for more of the same this year. After trading away Prince Fielder and acquiring Ian Kinsler, the team certainly looks different, but they would like to see the same results.
Several players have shown up this spring, showing off their array of talents. Other players have not which has become cause for concern. These five Tigers have been criticized the most often this spring.
Carrera, an outfielder for the Tigers, has underperformed mightily so far this spring. He is just 6-for-26 with five strikeouts and no sign of power. These results, while from a small sample size, may push back the Tigers' plans for Carrera.
A middle infield prospect, Suarez has put together a lackluster spring up to this point. He too is 6-for-26 and has scored just one run during all of spring training. Shortstops generally are at the top of the order and are tasked with scoring lots of runs. Suarez will have to improve that part of his game to make it at the next level.
Holaday, who played a bit in the majors last season, is having a tough go of it this February and March. The catcher has recorded just five hits in 27 at bats while not scoring a single run and striking out four times. The Tigers are hoping Holaday is just working off some rust as he figures to be in Detroit again this season.
Perez, who also saw time in Detroit last season, is taking a step back so far this spring. He is 5-for-30 in spring training, but has scored four runs while driving in four as well. Detroit has high hopes for this second baseman and they hope he will heat up leading into the regular season.
Crowe, who was acquired after playing for the Astros, has not lived up to expectations this spring. The team hopes he can be an everyday outfielder, but he hasn't shown he's capable of that quite yet. He is 4-for-26 with seven strikeouts and just one run scored. Every aspect of Crowe's hitting performance will need to improve leading up to Opening Day.
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