Youth Movement Continues with Arrival of Casper Wells
Posted on May 14, 2010
Since Spring Training, we’ve been reading about the Tigers projected 2011 outfield of Austin Jackson, Brennan Boesch and Casper Wells. It looks like we might get a glimpse of that youthful array a lot sooner — like this weekend.
The Tigers this afternoon officially announced the poorly kept secret (thanks to Twitter) of Wells being promoted from Triple-A Toledo and will be in uniform for tonight’s game against the Red Sox. (And he’ll be wearing number 57; the photo here is one I took of Wells at Surprise Stadium in the Arizona Fall League in 2008.)
Wells has been high on the Tigers’ radar for a while now and had a solid enough showing in the Grapefruit League to make the Tigers think about brining him north. And though he hasn’t been tearing things up in Toledo — .203 avg., five home runs and 12 RBI — Wells has displayed enough talent to convince Detroit he’s earned a shot — however long that may be.
Here’s part of what Baseball Prospectus 2010 has to say about Wells:
Wells swings and misses a little too often at the plate to profile as a regular, but a strong platoon split may make him useful as a lefty-basher off the bench, and it might be a role he can handle without breaking down, a la (Marcus) Thames.
While that all might prove to be true, it’s exciting to see some of the long-ballyhooed prospects arrive in Detroit before September 1, isn’t it?