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?