Dave Cottenie, Stadium Journey

2017 Toledo Mud Hens Roster

The Tigers announced their 2017 Mud Hens roster, and the group is filled with experience, as a number of veterans are likely to take on prominent roles on the roster.

The club will be full of experience, but somewhat lacking in prospect star power. In fact, only three members of the 24 players on the roster were on TigsTown's 2017 Top 50 prospect rankings.

The star of the Mud Hens is power reliever Joe Jimenez, who will head up the back end of Toledo's bullpen. The #4 prospect in the system according to TigsTown, Jimenez will look to continue to be a lockdown closer in hopes that his performance will lead to an opportunity at the big league level, sooner rather than later. In addition to Jimenez, Angel Nesbitt will take on a prominent role in the bullpen as he's resurrected his prospect status. TigsTown ranked Nesbitt 36th in the organization entering the season. They'll be joined by a number of arms with experience at the Major and minor league level, including Dustin Molleken and Logan Kensing, both of whom were a part of the Hens in 2016.

Moving on to the rotation, the lone member of the group that still qualifies as a prospect is lefty Chad Bell, though pitchers Buck Farmer and Drew VerHagen could both be considered younger talent. Bell ranked 39th in the organization, and like Farmer, VerHagen and Warwick Saupold, could be viewed as a call-up option to Detroit if the need for a pitcher that can go many innings arises, either in the bullpen or the rotation.

Onto the diamond, where John Hicks and Bryan Holaday will team up behind the dish. Hicks is an intriguing player that had a very good offensive season in 2016 and might still have the potential to become a big league catcher, while Holaday has the experience the Tigers typically look for in a third catcher to turn to in case of an injury in Detroit. The infield is currently quite sparse and made up of minor league veterans - it seems possible, or even likely that a move will be made to bolster the Mud Hens infield, and if Omar Infante decides to stick with the Tigers organization, he'd certainly be a fit at the keystone in Toledo, joining Brendan Ryan and Argenis Diaz up the middle.

Finally in the outfield, Alex Presley had a very strong spring but couldn't quite earn his way onto the 25-man roster in Detroit - he'll likely occupy the spot that was slated for JaCoby Jones, who will instead man center field in Detroit. He'll do that in part because of J.D. Martinez's injury, and in part because Steven Moya had a disastrous spring - so much so that he went from being an intriguing bat that a lot of teams could covet to a player that cleared waivers completely and made it to Toledo. He'll try and regain his form and build off his 20 homer season in Toledo last year, while holding off guys like Juan Perez, Matt Murton and others for playing time.

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Toledo Mud Hens Roster

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