When it comes to the Detroit Tigers‘ farm system, one of the more intriguing stories to keep tabs on this year has been the emergence of young Steven Moya in Double-A Erie. The soon to be 23-year-old opened quite a few eyes back in Spring Training, and he has since gone on to put up his most impressive minor league season to date.
The 6-foot-6, 230-pound left-handed swinging outfielder has boasted a slash line of .276/.302/.558 with 34 home runs, 32 doubles and 102 RBIs in 2014. He has also shown a little bit of speed, swiping 15 bases in 19 opportunities. There are a few areas of concern, however, such as his strikeouts and low on-base percentage. Moya has whiffed 152 times this season while drawing just 20 walks.
Nevertheless, there are those who believe that Moya could help the Tigers at this very moment, bringing back memories of when the team called up Avisail Garcia at the end of August in 2012. Garcia, of course, hit .319 down the stretch and ultimately found his way onto the postseason roster.
Now may not be the best time to bring up another young, inexperienced player, though. The Tigers are currently in the thick of a playoff race, trailing the Kansas City Royals by 1.5 games in the AL Central and the Seattle Mariners by half a game for the second AL Wild Card spot, and they already have two rookies in their everyday lineup in Nick Castellanos and Eugenio Suarez. A more likely scenario for Moya might be that he could be called up in September, when the rosters can expand, to see limited action as Castellanos did last year.
But if and when Moya arrives, Tigers fans could be in for quite an exciting sneak preview. With the exception of switch-hitting Victor Martinez, the Tigers have been lacking a little bit of left-handed punch this season, and Moya could have a prime opportunity to show that he could be the solution to that problem in the future.