Detroit Tigers off-season baseball update

The 2015 season did not go according to plan for the Detroit Tigers. There was a silver lining in it all, however, as the West Michigan Whitecaps did come away with the Midwest League (Low Class-A) championship  in late September. It certainly provided some promise for the organization moving forward.

For many of the Tigers, in addition to setting up their tee times on the links, the season’s end is a chance to recover from the wear and tear of playing every day, as well as trying to have short term memory of a struggling 2015 campaign. For the younger players in the system, whether they debuted this season or are still working their way up and hoping to get a taste of the big leagues, the improvement and development as a big league ball player continues.

There are numerous players on the Tigers’ 40-man roster who are participating in offseason leagues. The majority of them are playing in either the Arizona Fall League or winter leagues in Venezuela or the Dominican Republic. The Tigers are also represented in Mexico and Australia as the offseason leagues continue on.


Arizona Fall League

All of the Tigers playing in the AFL are playing for the Scottsdale Scorpions.

Whitecaps outfielder Michael Gerber was the Tigers’ Minor League Player of the Year in 2015. He’s batting .421 in five games for the Scorpions with a ridiculous OPS a tick under 1.300, also driving in nine runs.

JaCoby Jones was acquired from Pittsburgh in the Joakim Soria trade during the season. He’s hitting .333 in six games and getting on base almost 41% of the time.

Jeff Ferrell appeared in 28 games at three different levels in 2015. A small sample with the Tigers, he posted a 6.35 ERA in 11.1 innings of work.


Liga Venezuela Beisbol Profesional

There is at least one Detroit Tigers player on four of the eight teams in the Venezuelan league.

Tigers’ faithful got to see a lot of Dixon Machado during the final month of the season and played well. He’s likely to start in Toledo next season at shortstop, but could very well be trade bait should Detroit make a move this offseason.

Wynton Bernard is hitting a cool .324 in nine games played so far. Bernard was one of the organization’s most impressive and consistent performers in 2015. He is likely to be starting in center field for Toledo next season.

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21-year old second baseman David Gonzalez, who split time between Lakeland and West Michigan this season hitting .237 between the two, is hitting .333 in six games played for his Venezuelan winter league ball club. Catcher Miguel Gonzalez, no relation to David Gonzalez, is hitting .294 in seven contests with his respective Venezuelan team. Miguel played in both Erie and Toledo in 2015.


Liga de Beisbol Dominicano

Of the six teams playing in the Dominican Republic, a Tigers player is on three of them.

Jefry Marte and Steven Moya are playing together for ‘Toros del Este’.

Marte is 2×10 in four games, but he’s also drawn five walks, making his on-base percentage a very respectable .467. Moya, meanwhile, is 5×15 with a pair of doubles and runs scored in four games played.

Mud Hens pitchers Alberto Cabrera and Rafael Dolis are posting some solid numbers early on. Cabrera is with Marte and Moya on ‘Toros del Este’, he’s giving up three runs in 2.2 innings of work, but none of them are earned. Dolis has surrendered just a couple base knocks in an inning and a third so far.

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