Detroit Tigers send down Toledo Opening Day starters


The Detroit Tigers had their second round of cuts on Tuesday. Parker Meadows, Brendan White, Andre Lipcius and Rony Garcia were sent to Toledo. Left-hander Zach Logue was sent to minor league camp. Meadows, Lipcius and White have been impressive and Parker is among Grapefruit League leaders in home runs and batting average.

For Meadows, if he made the team, it would’ve been as a fourth outfielder, and he has been a starter at each stop in the minors. Parker will get regular starts in Toledo, to work on hitting lefties. Last season between West Michigan and Erie, he hit just .196 against them, with just three home runs. While there might be some frustration among Tigers fans, it has been rare that players who were at Double-A the year before that were not a Rule 5 pick to make the Opening Day roster.

With Andre Lipcius, he could see at second base to start the season in Toledo. Hinch said early in spring that he was trying to get Lipcius more starts at second. He saw time at both first and third and hit .273/.273/.636 with 3 HR and 10 RBI in 33 at-bats. His ability to play multiple positions will help the Tigers, should an injury occur.

For White, this will be a promotion for the right-hander, as he was the primary closer in Erie last season.

The Detroit Tigers turn to the WBC for pitching help.

If you have ever seen the movie “The Natural”, the main character, Roy Hobbs, played by Robert Redford, strikes out “The Whammer” who was based on Babe Ruth. Now, while that is pure fiction, what was reality was watching Nicaragua pitcher Duque Hebbert in the 9th inning, strike out three Dominican Republic players who are among the best players on the planet. Juan Soto, Julio Rodriguez and Rafael Devers.

His outing was so impressive that Tigers scout Luis Molina signed him on the spot after the game. Hebbert is in his first year playing in the Nicaraguan Professional Baseball League, playing for Tre Del Norte.

More than likely, you may spot Hebbert down in Lakeland, in the FCL,  as the Tigers will work on developing him.

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