Brad Ausmus Gives Some Hints About Upcoming Tigers Season

As we inch closer and closer to the start of Spring Training, members of the Detroit Tigers staff and coaching continue to talk to members of the media and give us ideas about the upcoming season. Brad Ausmus spoke with members of the media and gave us some of these insight’s about his lineup and fielding choices:

When the Tigers acquired Yoenis Cespedes this winter, many fans began to wonder what the lineup would look like with him, Miguel Cabrera, Victor Martinez, and J.D. Martinez. Ausmus gave us at least a little bit of an answer to that question.

Doesn’t answer much, and may be something we already knew going into the season.

In terms of who will be batting at the top of the lineup, Ausmus gave an answer that is very surprising regarding Alex Avila and Jose Iglesias.

The one thing that Avila has working for him that could help in the number two slot is that he usually carries a high on base percentage. Unfortunately, Avila also carries a high strikeout and fly out rate; something that you don’t want out of a guy in the top of the order with the heart of the lineup following.

With the health status of Cabrera up in the air for the start of the season, the Tigers may have to look at other possibilities for first base to prevent Victor Martinez from playing every day. Alex Avila may solve that problem as well.

The Tigers also have some questions on pitching going into the season, from the starting rotation to the bullpen. One of the biggest question marks is the health status of the fireballer, Bruce Rondon, in the bullpen. Rondon had Tommy John surgery last season and has been rehabbing since.

Joe Nathan will also be looking for a bounce back, after a season which was as big a roller coaster as the Top Thrill Dragster, at Cedar Point. Ausmus has faith in his 40 year old closer.

One thing for certain is that the Tigers have a lot of questions heading into spring training and the regular season for the first time in a few seasons. They need some pieces to fall into place, but there is no doubt that they can still make waves in the American League.

-Brett D’Angelo