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2017 TigsTools: Detroit Tigers Best Infield Arm

Arm strength is one of the most important aspects of infield defense, where a few extra miles-per-hour can give defenders more margin for error, and potentially save games for their team. Dixon Machado and his near-elite arm head the list yet again, but some new names have begun to emerge at the lower levels.

Best Infield Arm

 

1. Dixon Machado (SS)

2. Dominic Ficociello (1B/UTIL)

3. Isrrael De La Cruz (SS)

4. A.J. Simcox (SS)

5. Moises Bello (3B)

 

Arm strength has been Machado’s calling card on defense for years, and it certainly hasn’t gone away. He owns a double-plus cannon that lets him make strong throws from anywhere on the diamond, and it plays up a bit more thanks to a quick release and solid accuracy.

 

As is the case with his overall defense, Ficociello’s arm is a bit wasted at first base, but as he moves into more of a utility role he may get more chances to show off his above-average throwing ability.

 

De La Cruz made his stateside debut last season, and while the 19-year-old shortstop is still maturing, he consistently flashes above-average arm strength as part of a promising overall defense package

 

Simcox doesn’t wow with the velocity of his throws, but he shows average arm strength, he’s accurate from a variety of angles, and he’s consistent.

 

Bello continues to flash above-average arm strength from the hot corner, and his accuracy has improved, but he’s still plagued by some inconsistencies in his throwing motion.

 

Honorable Mention

Daniel Pinero (SS)

Joey Pankake (IF)

Anthony Pereira (IF)

 

Pinero is large for a shortstop but he has an accurate arm that should be strong enough for him to successfully move around the diamond in the future.

 

Pankake has a strong arm that he can air out at times, but his release tends to be a bit slow, hampering the effectiveness of his throws.

 

Pereira is a good athlete with the arm strength and accuracy to ably man second base, shortstop, or third.



Projection Kings

Ildemaro Escalona

Wenceel Perez

Randel Alcantara

 

It may not be long before the 18-year-old Escalona tops this list thanks to a consistently plus arm that flashes even stronger at times.

 

Perez will likely join Escalona on this list for years. His defensive potential, including a plus arm, is what led the Tigers to make him a priority on the international free agent market last July.

Alcantara stands out most for his power potential, but his strong arm gives him a chance to have a second above-average tool once he matures.


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