Ezequiel Carrera | Outfield | #61
2014 salary: 1 year minor league contract
2013 statistics: .248/.312/.346, 5 HR, 16 2B, 5 3B, 43 SB, 38 BB, 87 SO (in AAA)
Projected role: ?????? (Toledo probably)
Ezequiel Carrera was signed as a minor league free agent this winter, and wasn’t expected to have much of an impact for the 2014 Detroit Tigers. With Andy Dirks’ back surgery early on in spring training, Carrera’s prospects for making the Tigers’ Opening Day roster aren’t as bleak as they seemed at the outset.
Carrera isn’t much of a hitter. As evidenced above, he’s not going to hit for average or much power, and he won’t get on base much. Even in the minors, he appears not to have been an everyday player, only playing more than 100 games in a season twice. In limited Major League appearances over three seasons, Carrera has played a total of 130 games, putting up a .251/.306/.339 triple slash to go along with 2 HR, 14 2B, 6 3B, 18 SB, 26 BB, and 75 SO.
The main reason Carrera may get a shot in left field to start the season is his defense and speed; Carrera has made a few game saving catches through the first three weeks of spring, and can steal bases.
If the Tigers are inclined to go with “internal options” to replace Dirks, Carrera might be able to hold his own as part of a platoon until July, when Dirks is projected to come back. Of the two former Cleveland Indian minor league free agents the Tigers signed this winter, Carrera seems more likely to get a shot than Trevor Crowe, who’s struggled mightily at the plate this spring.