Opening Day is quickly approaching as teams continue to play in spring training games and make crucial roster decisions. One aspect of the MLB that will always stay the same year after year is the emergence of breakout players. These kind of players are vital to to the success of any MLB team.
A breakout player is simply someone who exceeds expectations and shows a lot of improvement from past seasons. With that being said, here are three Detroit Tigers players set to break out in the 2021 MLB season.
1. Victor Reyes, Outfielder
Victor Reyes is an outfielder with a deadly combination of speed and the ability to put the bat on the ball. He has stolen 28 bases over three seasons with Detroit and has a career .300 OBP. While he doesn't possess much power, he also strikes out at a low rate. Reyes won't be a flashy player this season by any means, but he has the potential to be the perfect leadoff hitter for the Tigers. He has the potential to rack up double-digit triples and steal 15+ bases if given enough playing time. Every team needs a spark on offense and Reyes is the type of player can provide just that.
2. Casey Mize, Starting Pitcher
As one of Detroit's top prospects, Casey Mize will be a popular name by the end of the 2021 season. He made his MLB debut last year, but struggled posting a 6.99 ERA in 7 starts (0-3 Record). On the bright side, he can only improve from here on out and will adjust to the majors as he pitches more innings. Mize has a fastball that can reach the upper 90s and a low walk rate that will be advantageous when facing veteran batters. While he may not be in the rotation right away, Mize has the talent to take one of those spots and thrive in it.
3. Isaac Paredes, Third Base
Much like Mize, Isaac Paredes is a top prospect in the Tigers organization fighting for a roster spot throughout spring training. The 22-year-old third baseman played in 34 games with the team last season slashing .220/.278/.290 and driving in 6 runs. He has stellar fielding skills and the ability to get on base that is necessary to hit in the middle of the lineup. In fact, he has a career .355 OBP in four minor league seasons. Paredes will likely start in AA or on the Tigers bench, but he could have a breakout season if he is given enough at bats to show what he is truly capable of.
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