2010 TigsTown Player Capsule: Will Rhymes

Ready to take a look back at the performers of 2010 and what's in store for them in 2011? Head inside to read the 2010 player capsules! Will Rhymes emerged as a reliable option at second base in a year when reliable wasn't happening; what does it mean for 2011?

Five Numbers That Sum Up The Season



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What It All Means

Will Rhymes was not a heralded prospect coming into 2010, or throughout much of his minor league career for that matter, bouncing in and out of the back end of the TigsTown Top 50 for much of his minor league career. But when the injury bug hit, Rhymes got the call to Detroit and was one of the few that held his own and then some, with a solid OPS and good defense with some gap power (15 doubles and triples in less than 200 at-bats). However, Rhymes' big league power might have been a bit of a mirage, as he posted a better OPS and ISO in his abbreviated big league stint than he did in his minor league career.

What Does the Future Hold

Rhymes emerged as a member of the Clete Thomas All-Stars, a hard working player that likely isn't going to be a dynamic hitter but is more than able to hold his own and not be a liability in the field or at the plate. Rhymes is the sort of high ceiling, low floor player that clubs love to have as an option, but not necessarily someone they will plan on holding a full-time job. That likely describes Rhymes' role for the Tigers in 2011 – if Carlos Guillen is able to stay healthy or if Scott Sizemore can hit in Detroit like he has in the minors, Rhymes could well find himself back in the minors. But he brings reliability and some assurance in a position where neither of the other two do, meaning it's just as likely Rhymes emerges as the big league club's everyday second baseman as it is that he's the everyday second baseman in Toledo.

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