The Tigers have made their final adjustments to the 40-man roster, and we have a surprise or two. They had plenty of prospects for players to cut, but we didn’t expect them to add five prospects to the roster, protecting almost everyone from the Rule 5 draft.
RHP Reese Olson was no surprise, as he was one of the top prospects for the Tigers that conquered the Double-A level in 2022. Likewise, Parker Meadows was a lock to guard after a stellar breakout year that saw him finally regain some status as a highly promising prospect with Lots of upside. Speedy second baseman Wenceel Perez finally put the hitter’s reputation behind him with changes to his swing and approach making a nice breakthrough in the power department this season. He’s always had good communication and plate discipline, but adding more drivelines, fly balls and power production has boosted his stock in 2022.
One small surprise was that third baseman Andre Lepsius was also protected. Lepsius is the kind of prospect that coaches and coaches tend to value. He is not very versatile, but he is a solid hitter with good discipline and a team leader. Lipcius plays a pretty solid third base and can handle second base to some extent as well, and he’s hit base quite a bit, posting a combined 0.390 OPB between Double-A and Triple-A in 2022. He just didn’t show enough power to potentially start In the major leagues in the hot corner. Personally, I wasn’t convinced there was enough improvement to worry about losing it, but the Tigers clearly feel differently.
The Tigers also elected to protect RHP Brendan White, leaving hard-hitting RHP reliever Elvis Alvarado exposed to the draft. White has a good break ball and put together a solid 2022 campaign at the Double-A level after switching to relief full time. White, another late rounder, was drafted in the 26th round in 2019. He has thrown 67.1 innings for the Erie SeaWolves this season, posting a 2.67 ERA and 2.94 FIP. He’s close enough to the Major League ready that it’s understandable the Tigers will protect him, and that’s a strong sign of confidence that they think he can help the bullpen in 2023. The fastball still needs a little tuning to be ready for major league action, in my opinion. .
Alvarado has a huge fastball and an interesting angle, but he’s still in action. After a year in the Tigers’ system, they may not see his leadership meeting in the near term. As we know, most base 5 selections end up with their original team. The Tigers claimed Alvarado from the Seattle Mariners in a minor league portion of the 2021 Rule 5 draft, which was held even though the major league portion was canceled by the players’ owner during CBA negotiations.
As it turned out, the wounds were not very painful. RHP Kyle Funkhouser, still trying to come back from the shoulder injuries that cost him his 2022 season, is set for the job along with RHP Miguel Diaz, Brendon Davis and C Michael Papierski.
In a final interview move, LHP Sean Guenther was off waivers and transferred to Triple-A Toledo. The Tigers chased him down just two weeks earlier than the Miami Marlins.
So far, the likes of Cody Clemens, Zack Short, Willy Castro, and Harold Castro have managed to survive. As the Tigers make deals, that will change, but for now, all four remain in the organization.
The Tiger also acquired left fielder Steel Walker from the San Francisco Giants due to financial considerations. The 26-year-old is assumed to be a favorite of Scott Harris and has pace and danger as well as raw power. However, he hasn’t been shown the ability to hit this power in the game, so hopefully someone has an idea of some tweaks to his swing and approach.
The # tigers The team announced the acquisition of outfielder Steele Walker – left-handed hitter – from the Giants due to financial considerations.
Walker, 26, was selected by the White Sox in the second round of the 2018 draft. He made his MLB debut in June 2022 with the Rangers.
– Evan Petzold November 15, 2022