The Detroit Tigers enjoyed a decent amount of team success in 2014, winning the Central Division for the fourth consecutive year.
Personally, however, there was much less individual decoration than in years past. Detroit will likely not have an award winner on the roster, and did not see many players establish new career highs in categories, other than Victor Martinez and J.D, Martinez who were each outstanding.
Knowing this, there are plenty of people who need to elevate their game for next year on the roster. Today, we look at five such examples which could hold the key to Detroit turning things around next season on a grander scale.
1. Alex Avila. Lost in all of Avila's unfortunate battles with injury were the fact that when healthy, he failed to be an offensive difference maker much of the season. Clutch hits came few and far between for the catcher until the very end of the year, but as one of the important left-handed bats in the lineup, the Tigers can't wait around much longer for Avila to perk up offensively and figure things out at the plate. Defensively, the catcher always hangs in there, but his bat has become such a liability that it's rendering his defense nearly meaningless.Read more... Join the Conversation...