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3 Tigers Players Who Could Make Their First All-Star Game in 2020

By michael obermuller
Matt Boyd is amongst the three Tigers who could make the All-Star team for the first time.
Matt Boyd is amongst the three Tigers who could make the All-Star team for the first time. / Nuccio DiNuzzo/Getty Images
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The Detroit Tigers have been trying to work their way back to their last run of success, from 2011-14, when Justin Verlander and Max Scherzer were the aces of their rotation. Miguel Cabrera was also in his prime then, but now Miggy is a veteran presence on a younger Tigers team.

Detroit is not expected to win the AL Central this year, but they do have some promising players that could break out and make their first All-Star Game appearance. Here are three candidates who could make a name for themselves in 2020.

3. Travis Demeritte, OF/2B

Travis Demeritte must first win a job, but he has the tools to do that and more.
Travis Demeritte must first win a job, but he has the tools to do that and more. / Rich Schultz/Getty Images

This would take a sleeper performance from a rookie, but Travis Demeritte was one of the Tigers' best hitters this spring before the delays hit, and he could easily win a starting job in a weaker outfield. If Demeritte gets the playing time he deserves, the rookie has a ton of upside and power potential. The All-Star Game is not only about the most deserving talents, but the future of the sport, if the stats are close enough, don't be surprised to see Demeritte representing Detroit.

2. C.J. Cron, 1B

Can C.J. Cron take advantage of a full-time starting gig with Detroit?
Can C.J. Cron take advantage of a full-time starting gig with Detroit? / Mark Cunningham/Getty Images

The power-hitting first baseman has bounced around the American League a bit since entering it, playing for the Los Angeles Angels, Tampa Bay Rays and now the Tigers. This will be C.J. Cron's best opportunity for at-bats however, and his stats have been trending upward. In 2019, Cron lowered his strikeout percentage from 25.9 to 21.6 and had his highest marks ever in hard-hit percentage (44.6), barrel percentage (15.0), exit velocity (91.0 MPH) and expected slugging (.548). If he can continue those numbers into 2020, he could make the All-Star team for the first time.

1. Matt Boyd, SP

The stage is set for Matt Boyd to finally break through.
The stage is set for Matt Boyd to finally break through. / Mike Carlson/Getty Images

There has to be at least one All-Star from every franchise barring an injury that would make a selected name unable to play, and Boyd is one of the likeliest Tigers in general. The five-year pro is now the No. 1 starter in Detroit's rotation, holding an average ERA in the mid-4.00's the last couple seasons. His strikeout numbers are more impressive, with 11.6 K's per nine innings in 2019. Boyd has the potential for a dominant campaign, and if he can put it all together, he could pitch in first All-Star Game in 2020.


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Michael Obermuller is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Michael Obermuller also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username king_mizzard. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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