Ah, the life of watching a rookie. Sometimes, they will wow and impress with outstanding glimpses of a bright future.
Other days, they make incomprehensible mistakes, leaving confusion and frustration. Often times, there is no middle ground.
This season, the Detroit Tigers have employed two such rookies in Eugenio Suarez and Nick Castellanos. There's no debating either have impressive talent, but getting them to that point has been an interesting process.
As the weeks have gone on, each has gotten more comfortable with their surroundings, both at the plate and in the field. Castellanos has enjoyed a superb week, which saw him collect three hits in a game and play solid defense.
Surarez has done the same. Wednesday, he made an instinctual move picking Yasiel Puig off third base. Friday night against the Kansas City Royals, it was his slick stab of a sharp grounder that helped preserve Detroit's narrow 2-1 victory.
Both players have also made their share of questionable errors. Castellanos has taken some time getting used to third, and has seen numerous hits blow past him, while Suarez has made his share of high throws and mistakes. Each, however, continues to hold their own in the batters box and on the infield, with Castellanos hitting .269 with a solid 34 runs driven in and Suarez at .274 with three home runs and 11 RBI.
Both of these players are keeping their heads above water quite well, and despite the temporary lapses that come with the territory of youth, are making their share of game-changing plays along the way. It's safe to say they've been the two most exciting rookies the Tigers have had in some time, perhaps since the days of Curtis Granderson and Justin Verlander.
As both Castellanos and Suarez improve more and find additional levels of comfort in the big leagues, it will remain both frustrating and exciting to watch them day in and day out. The bad days will certainly continue to happen perhaps more sporadically, but the bright shining moments will persist a bit more often, as well. Eventually, consistent rewards will be found.
Continue to stick with them in the meantime though, and enjoy the interesting, often manic ride a youth movement is injecting into a Tigers' team that had gotten a tiny bit stale in spots during the last few years.
Max DeMara is the editor of @tigers_101. Follow the site there on Twitter, or like it on Facebook to connect with him.
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