Last week the Detroit Tigers promoted middle infield prospect Eugenio Suarez from Double-A Erie to Triple-A Toledo, and it is beginning to look more and more likely that he will be getting another promotion at some point in 2014. If he can continue to perform the way that he has thus far, it might be sooner rather than later.
Since joining Toledo, Suarez has batted .417/.462/.833 with two home runs and five RBIs through his first six games. His stellar OBP and slugging percentage push his OPS up to an astonishing 1.295. Overall, he is batting .302/.362/.547 with eight home runs and 34 RBIs when his Double-A and Triple-A numbers are combined.
He has, however, already made two errors in Triple-A and he made a total of seven down in Double-A. Furthermore, he made a total of 36 errors at shortstop last season in the minor leagues, so he might be a downgrade defensively. Though, it should be noted that the Tigers’ current starting shortstop, Andrew Romine, has been making a few defensive mishaps of his own lately. Known for his glove, Romine has now made six errors on the season, three of which have come in just the past week.
Although there are questions about Suarez’s defense, he might be able to provide a bit of punch to the bottom of the Tigers’ lineup, which is an area that they have not been getting much production from lately. Although Romine’s bat has begun to perk up, he is still only batting an even .200 on the season, and Austin Jackson, Alex Avila and Nick Castellanos have all been scuffling to a certain extent as well. After a nice start, utility infielder Danny Worth has also begun to struggle and is now batting just .189, and the versatile Don Kelly‘s batting average now stands at just .237.
Simply put, the Tigers could really use another steady bat in their lineup. Miguel Cabrera, Victor Martinez and Ian Kinsler are all having great years, Torii Hunter is playing rather well for a soon-to-be 39-year-old and J.D. Martinez has been a very pleasant surprise off of the Tigers’ bench. Other than that, though, there are not many other hitters the Tigers can lean on at the moment. Although facing MLB pitching is an entirely different animal, it should be very interesting to see what transpires over the coming weeks if Suarez’s bat stays hot.