Entering a Friday double header (pending weather), the Detroit Tigers made a few moves that impact their present team with future implications.
The first move was designating Nomar Mazara for assignment and bringing up Derek Hill. Mazara struggled mightily with Detroit; he only had 3 home runs and a paltry .597 OPS. He will be replaced by 2014 first round pick Derek Hill. Hill struggled with injury for numerous years in the minor leagues. He seems to finally be putting it together, however, with a .865 OPS in AAA Toledo this year.
The next big move was optioning Willi Castro to AAA and bringing up Isaac Paredes. Castro looked like he was going to be a star after hitting nearly .350 while playing shortstop in last years abbreviated season. His defense at short was very much lacking, forcing AJ Hinch to move him to second base. His sharp decline on offense made him a liability at the plate as well. Castro was “worth” -0.8 WAR this season. He is only 24 and will have a chance to right the ship in Toledo.
Paredes will likely get an extended look at second base with Castro’s demotion. Isaac, only 22 years old, has an advanced eye at the plate, recording 26 walks next to only 29 strikeouts in AAA this year. He has had an on base percentage north of .359 in each of his minor league seasons since 2018, something that the Tiger’s lineup could really benefit from.
Overall, these moves will allow two players with potential to contribute longer looks at starting spots. Both Hill and Paredes have played with the big club in parts of the last two seasons, but only in spot duty. With the expected extended looks, each could prove that they belong long term.