2023 Detroit Tigers Opening Day Roster Projected by Detroit Free Press

With spring training now underway, the Detroit Tigers are preparing for the upcoming MLB season. One key part of that preparation is projecting the team’s Opening Day roster. Evan Petzold of the Detroit Free Press has recently released his Detroit Tigers Opening Day Roster Projection 1.0, which includes a couple of surprises that have caught the attention of Tigers fans and baseball enthusiasts alike.

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Detroit Tigers Opening day Roster Projection

Here is what Petzold currently believes Detroit’s Opening Day Roster will look like. Do you agree?


Catcher: Eric Haase

First base: Spencer Torkelson

Second base: Jonathan Schoop

Shortstop: Javier Báez

Third base: Nick Maton

Outfield: Austin Meadows (LF), Riley Greene (CF), Matt Vierling (RF)

Designated hitter: Miguel Cabrera


Jake Rogers (C), Kerry Carpenter (OF), César Hernández (INF), Andy Ibáñez (INF)

Starting Rotation

Eduardo Rodriguez (LHP), Matt Manning (RHP), Matthew Boyd (LHP), Michael Lorenzen (RHP), Spencer Turnbull (RHP)


Alex Lange (RHP), José Cisnero (RHP), Jason Foley (RHP), Chasen Shreve (LHP), Matt Wisler (RHP), Beau Brieske (RHP), Tyler Alexander (LHP), Mason Englert (RHP)

Bottom Line:

As the Tigers gear up for the start of the season, the speculation around who will make the Opening Day roster will only continue to grow. Evan Petzold’s projections provide some insight into who may be on the team come April, but only time will tell who will actually make the cut. As the Tigers aim to improve upon their abysmal 66-96 record from last season, it will be interesting to see how the roster takes shape and which players will be key contributors in the upcoming season.

Written by W.G. Brady

W.G. Brady is a Detroit-based journalist who has been covering the Detroit sports scene for Detroit Sports Nation for several years. He is in his early 30s and has a wealth of experience in the industry. Throughout his career, W.G. has established himself as a respected and knowledgeable journalist known for his in-depth coverage of the teams and athletes in Detroit. With a keen eye for detail and a passion for sports, W.G. has become a go-to source for fans and readers looking for the latest news and analysis on the Detroit sports scene. He has a good reputation in the sports community and is respected for his unbiased coverage of sports events. W.G. is known for his ability to uncover hidden stories and provide unique perspectives on the teams and athletes he covers. He has a good understanding of the city of Detroit and its sports culture, which he uses to inform his reporting and analysis. He continues to be a respected journalist in the Detroit sports industry.

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