The 2012 Detroit Tigers are going to be the most exciting team to watch in the majors this year, and it will be almost video game like to watch this year! It seems like Mr. Ilitch and company have assembled a team that is built to bash teams out of the park. The only question is… will it work?
If you take a look at the current roster and batting lineup, you will see nothing short of homeruns and RBI’s waiting to happen. With the exception of Austin Jackson, Ramon Santiago and Don Kelly, every single starter has the ability to hit 20+ homeruns this year. One could even say that the Tigers have the best offense in the major leagues this year! Which is absolutely crazy and fun for Tigers fans to say. Anyone that has every played MLB baseball on PS3 can relate to the Tigers having a video game players dream roster. Here is my Tigers projected lineup this year and a short summary on each player. With the help of fellow 360 writer John C with the summaries. Enjoy Tigers fans and go Tigers!
2012 Batting Order and Position (click on name to see 360 Profile) Average Age of starters (27.4)
1. Austin Jackson CF HT: 6’1 WT: 185 AGE: 24
Jackson is a slick fielding defender with great speed. Jackson is still a very young player that is still learning the game. Jackson’s biggest flaw is he strikes out a lot. He has over 300 in his first two-years as a MLB player. Once Jackson figures out how to cut down on his strike-outs and really harnesses his speed, he is going to be a great lead-off hitter, and a potential Gold Glove defender.
2. Brennan Boesch RF HT: 6’4 WT: 235 AGE: 26
Boesch is a young guy with great power, good speed, and a great throwing arm in the outfield. In 2011 Boesch took great strides at becoming more patient at the plate and taking more pitches; brining his average up from .256 in 2010 to .283 in 2011. Boesch is going to be great for years to come. The sky is the limit for him.
3. Miguel Cabrera 3B HT: 6’4 WT: 215 (slimmed) AGE: 28
Cabrera has slimmed up this off season to play 3B for the Tigers and is reported to be 25 pounds lighter then last year! This could be one of the best 3-4 combos ever! Cabrera is one of the deadliest and most feared right handed hitters in the game. Cabrera is the complete package. He can bat for average, hit for power, and every year he comes to Spring Training; you can mark down a .300 average, 30 plus homeruns, and 100 plus RBIs. He will go down with the all-time greats.
4. Prince Fielder 1B HT: 5’11 WT: 275 AGE: 27
Prince Fielder is an absolute stud! His career numbers speak for themselves, and more importantly is that he plays every game. He has no injury concerns and at 27 years old, is entering the prime of his career. He isn’t going to steal you a base, but he will do everything else. At only 27 years old he is already considered one of the best batters in the game. With a 28 year old Cabrera hitting in front of him, they will both put up numbers that rival the original bash brothers in Oakland!
5. Delmon Young DH HT: 6’1 WT: 200 AGE: 26
If you give Young a first pitch fastball that touches the strike-zone, I hope you enjoy watching Young trot the bases. Young’s best quality is sometimes his biggest flaw. Young is a free-swinger that doesn’t walk much and can pile up strike-outs from time to time. He is also a horrible fielder that takes horrible routes to the ball and makes you un-easy ever-time a pop fly comes his way. But he does have an outstanding throwing arm, and if you try to over-power him with fastballs, you will not succeed.
6. Alex Avila C DH HT: 5’10 WT: 210 AGE: 24
Avila is a great defensive catcher that has good power, bat for average, and is a work-horse behind the plate. Avila really broke out in 2011; putting up a .295 AVG, with 19 HR, and 82 RBIs. Avila is as tough as they come. He caught over a 150 games and took a beating behind the plate and still played through the pain. Avila struggles against left handed pitchers, and strikes out a lot. He is going to be a great catcher for years to come.
7. Jhonny Peralta SS DH HT: 6’2 WT: 215 AGE: 29
Peralta is great short-stop with good power. This year he really broke-out with 21 homeruns and 86 RBIs. He also can bat for average as well, putting up a .299 average this past year. The only real knock on Peralta is he can sometimes fall into long slumps at the plate. He also can rack up some strike-outs as well. Peralta is going to be a great short-stop for the Tigers for years to come.
8. Don Kelly LF HT: 6’4 WT: 190 AGE: 31
9. Ramon Santiago 2B HT: 5’11 WT: 175 AGE: 32
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