Steve Lombardozzi | Infield| #4
2014 salary: Pre-arbitration
2013 statistics: .259/.278/.338, 2 HR, 15 2B, 1 3B, 4 SB, 8 BB, 34 K (with Washington)
Projected role: Backup utility infielder
Better late than never, right?
Anyway, the man who has taken the old number of the legendary Bobby Higginson is a completely unremarkable player. He was a utility man in Washington and will be the same here, provided he makes the club. He doesn’t hit a lot, and when he does it tends to be for singles; he’s good enough defensively; his walk rate is hideous; he can play pretty much any position. Essentially, think of him as a more infield-focused Don Kelly.
Brad Ausmus says he wants Lombardozzi to focus on shortstop this spring – a position he has only played 18 innings at in the majors. If he does make the team, he’ll probably be spelling Jose Iglesias, Ian Kinsler, and Nick Castellanos where necessary. (That roster spot will likely either go to him or Hernan Perez.) There’s not a lot to say about Steve. What value he has largely lies in his ability to play numerous positions. If he makes the team, it’ll be as one of the last few guys on the roster, and if the Tigers find themselves relying on him for any sort of extended period of time, they’ll have some serious issues.