Spring stats of note – offense
Not implying that these stats mean anything, just that they are interesting:
Curtis Granderson’s efforts to cut down on his strikeouts are paying off. After 20 at-bats he’s only fanned once. But is it coming at a cost? He also only has one extrabase hit and only one walk.
Ramon Santiago – credit Roger DeWitt
HR Leader Ramon Santiago
By knocking his second dinger of the spring yesterday, Santiago is now the leader in the clubhouse. Santiago came into camp a little bulked up. Could this be the reason for the power surge? Perhaps. Or maybe it is just the flukiness of baseball. Keep in mind that Santiago has 6 career home runs, and 3 of those came in a 2 game span including one off of Pedro Martinez. Still, if he can sustain some level of production, and Neifi Perez continues to struggle, it will be interesting who Jim Leyland takes North. Will it be the veteran with the big contract or a player who may be more deserving.
And speaking of Perez, he has 5 walks in 20 plate appearances which leads the team. This position battle so far is more interesting than I would have expected.
Patience is a virtue
One of the things the Tigers were hoping Gary Sheffield would bring is plate discipline. So far so good. Sheffield has 4 walks and no strikeouts.
Placido Polanco seems to have a particular disdain for making outs, at least in the early going. At 12 for 18 he has twice as many hits as he does outs.
Is anyone struggling?
Sure they are. Carlos Guillen is off to a slow start hitting 211/273/316. Brandon Inge is at 211/304/211 with 7 strikeouts and no extra base hits. And Kody Kirkland isn’t helping his case with 7 strike outs in 9 at-bats.
Mike Hessman – extra base machine
Mike Hessman has 18 at-bats and is yet to hit a single, but he does have 3 doubles, 3 walks, and a homer.