The Detroit Tigers made their biggest round of spring training cuts yet. They sent a total of eleven players to minor-league camp in the latest cuts.
The team optioned left-handed pitcher Ryan Carpenter, catcher Grayson Greiner and outfielder Mike Gerber to Triple-A Toledo; right-hander Sandy Baez and infielder Sergio Alcantara to Double-A Erie; and right-hander Eduardo Jimenez to Class A (Advanced) Lakeland.
They also reassigned right-handed pitchers Enrique Burgos, Kevin Comer and Mark Montgomery and catchers Jake Rogers and Arvicent Perez to minor-league camp.
The optioned players are on the 40-man roster; the others were non-roster invitees.
The Tigers now have 41 players remaining in camp. They must make 16 more cuts in the next weeks. Opening Day is March 29 in Detroit.
The Detroit Tigers have exressed to JaCoby Jones that they’re going to utlize him as a utility-man in an effort to give him more big-league at-bats. Andy Patton, of Motor City Bengals, thinks this is the wrong move.
Regardless of how elite his glove is, and how tantalizing his power/speed combo is, Jones will not be a big leaguer if he cannot control the strikeouts. The best way for him to work on that skill is through regular at-bats at Triple-A. Having him be a part-time player will only stunt his growth and could do irreparable damage to his swing.
I’d agree with Patton here. Making Jones a part-time player is going to hinder Jones more than it will help him.