The Detroit Tigers hold the smallest of leads in the AL Central — at 17-9, they’re a half-game ahead of the Kansas City Royals.
Which players are getting the job done so far? We break it down in our first Detroit Tigers Player Power Rankings of the season:
25. Hernan Perez: “We’re afraid to lose him on waivers” is becoming an increasingly less convincing argument to keeping Perez, especially as the Tigers continue to lack pop off the bench.
24. Alex Wilson: His biggest contribution to date came in helping David Price out of a jam vs. the Twins. His other two appearances have come in relief.
23. Al Alburquerque: On this week’s podcast I compared Alburquerque to Rick “Wild Thing” Vaughn … before they buy him his glass in “Major League”. Expected to be a key setup guy, AA currently carries the team’s worst ERA (9.00) and WHIP (2.25).
22. Ian Krol: Still hasn’t quite figured out the situational-reliever role, so he can’t really be used in that way. He’s yet to allow an earned run when he lasts longer than 1/3 of an inning.
21. Andrew Romine: Might be ranked higher if played more, but if he played more he probably would not be as effective. He’s 6-for-11 (.545) so far this season, with three steals.