Fifth Third Field in Toledo. Blade
The Tigers and the rest of the major leagues are not allowed to expand their rosters beyond 25 players until Sept. 1.
But here’s a “way-too-early” look at what players on the Mud Hens roster may earn a promotion to Detroit at the deadline. Remember one thing: A player called up to the Tigers must already be on Detroit’s 40-man roster, or must be added to that roster when he is promoted. And yes, all of this can change with injuries, promotions, demotions and trades over the next two weeks.
Pitchers: RHP Buck Farmer (6-4, 3.90 ERA) and LHP Blaine Hardy (6-3, 3 saves, 3.58 ERA) have pitched for the Tigers this season. There’s no reason to think they won’t return to Detroit when the Toledo season ends. There are four other Hens on the Tigers’ 40-man – Myles Jaye, Jairo Labourt, Arcenio Leon and Kyle Ryan – but their potential for promotion is not as clear. Leon has been hurt, so his chances are slim. Ryan has struggled, posting a 4.14 ERA in Toledo. Both Jaye (age 25) and Labourt (age 23) are young pitchers who may get called up just to give them a taste of major-league ball.
Catchers: Veteran Bryan Holaday has hit .265 with the Mud Hens and ranks among the International League’s best in throwing out would-be basestealers. Major league teams like to add a catcher when rosters expand to create more flexibility in terms of strategy. The only problem? He’s not on Detroit’s 40-man.
Infielders: While 1B Efren Navarro (.284-10-55) has been one of the Hens’ best hitters, not being on the 40-man probably will keep him from a promotion. The same probably holds true for 2B Omar Infante (.268-2-24). The only Toledo infielder on the 40-man is new 3B Jeimer Candelario, who is a cinch to be promoted.
Outfielders: Some of the more interesting decisions will come in judging Mud Hens outfielders. Two are on the 40-man: JaCoby Jones and Jim Adduci. It will be interesting to see if the Tigers give Jones another chance to impress in center, especially with the emergence of Mikie Mahtook. And it will be interesting to see if Detroit gives the 32-year-old Adduci another shot in the majors.