But which players? Good question. Let's explore the possibilities.
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In short, if the player is on the 40-man roster, his chances of being promoted to the Tigers is MUCH better. If he's not on the 40-man, another move must be made to create room (either taking someone off the 40-man roster, or putting a player on the 60-day disabled list, which opens up a 40-man roster spot).
Clear? OK, then let's look at some position players, presented in alphabetical order. After each player's name I'll have a "yes" or "no" to tell you if they are on the 40-man, following be some thoughts on each player. Here we go ...
- NICK CASTELLANOS (NO): Let's cut to the chase, eh? Castellanos has had a good year offensively with the Hens, batting .273 with 37 doubles, just shy of the franchise record, as well as 16 home runs and 72 RBIs. This is just a hunch, and it's based not on Castellanos' numbers but those of Matt Tuiasosopo, who has batted just .222 in August with zero home runs. My GUESS is that Castellanos WILL be promoted to Detroit to give manager Jim Leyland a right-handed hitting option.
Here's the only trickiness: Castellanos is not on the 40-man roster. The Tigers could take a player off to open up room for him. Another option is to call up an injured player, put that player on the 60-day DL (opening up a 40-man roster spot), and plugging Castellanos into that open spot. Two Mud Hens pitchers could receive that fate, as my understanding is that Casey Crosby and Luis Marte will not pitch again this season. Long story short: If the Tigers want Castellanos in Detroit, they will find a way to make it happen.
- MIKE CERVENAK (NO): Cervenak has hit .294 with five homers and 36 RBIs since he was added to roster, and has helped improve the offense. But he's not on the 40-man, and he's more of a hitter than a defender. I believe he WILL NOT be called up.
- ARGENIS DIAZ (NO): Diaz has had arguably his best season offensively, hitting .254 with two homers, a career-best 45 RBIs and an impressive .305 batting average with runners in scoring position and two outs. But he is not on the 40-man, he has made 19 errors, and there are other middle-infield options in front of him (Hernan Perez and Danny Worth). Those three strikes lead me to believe he WILL NOT be promoted to Detroit.
- DANNY DORN (NO): Dorn has had a terrific season, hitting .263 with a team-leading 25 home runs and an International League-leading 81 RBIs. But he's not on the 40-man, and I just don't see the Tigers making a move to open up a spot for him. I think he WILL NOT be promoted to Detroit.
- BEN GUEZ (NO): After a dreadful start, Guez has raised his season's numbers to .244 with 18 home runs and 62 RBIs. But his team-high 132 strikeouts is disturbing. That, coupled with not being on the 40-man, leads me to believe he WILL NOT be called up.
- BRYAN HOLADAY (YES): I could tell you that his numbers are .239 with two home runs and 23 RBIs. I could give you any number of other metrics. I'd be wasting our time: he WILL be promoted to Detroit to give the Tigers the flexibility a third catcher provides.
- JORDAN LENNERTON (NO): After a fantastic start to the season, Lennerton has tailed off lately. He hit just .202 in August, lowering his season's batting average to .277 to go with 17 home runs and 55 RBIs. His .380 on-base percentage is attention-getting as well. But his late-season struggles, and his position off the 40-man, makes me think he WILL NOT be promoted to the Tigers.
- HERNAN PEREZ (YES): After a fast start following his demotion from Detroit, Perez has slowed a bit offensively. But he has batted .299 with four stolen bases, and more important is that he has struck out just seven times in 67 at-bats. Coupled with the fact that he is on the 40-man, I believe he WILL be called up to Detroit.
- DANNY WORTH (YES): I think a tough season for Worth is about to get tougher. An early season injury forced him to miss most of April, all of May and a fair amount of June, and he struggled offensively when he returned. He has hit better in August, but in this case "better" means a .253 average. His season totals are .230 with a home run and 22 RBIs. While I think he may be sent to Lakeland to work out as an insurance policy, I think he WILL NOT be called up to the Tigers.
I have not included players such as John Murrian, Gustavo Nunez, Ronny Paulino or Kevin Russo in this analysis. None of them is on the 40-man roster, and there seems to be little shot any of them will be promoted to Detroit.
Finally, there are two other players at Double-A Erie on the 40-man roster: C Ramon Cabrera and IF Dixon Machado. Because the SeaWolves are poised to make the Eastern League playoffs, I predict both will stay in Erie. And 3B Francisco Martinez is on the 40-man, but he has not played above Hi-A Lakeland and I don't believe the Tigers will promote him to Detroit, either.
If you missed it Thursday: Click here for a look at potential pitcher call-ups by the Tigers.
Agree? Disagree? Go to the "Post a Comment" space below and tell everyone who you think WILL be called up to Detroit. Or tell us who you think SHOULD be (or should not be) called up to the Tigers. Make sure you explain your reasons, and be civil!I'll give a "shout out" to the person who has the most pitchers correct ... and perhaps I can find some type of prize for the winner?