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Caputo: Three Players The Tigers Need To Have Bounce Back Seasons

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BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 19: Austin Jackson #14 of the Detroit Tigers walks to the dugout against the Boston Red Sox during Game Six of the American League Championship Series at Fenway Park on October 19, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – OCTOBER 19: Austin Jackson #14 of the Detroit Tigers walks to the dugout against the Boston Red Sox during Game Six of the American League Championship Series at Fenway Park on October 19, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

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By: Pat Caputo
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1. Austin Jackson – In 2012, Jackson had an .856 OPS and a 5.5 WAR. Those numbers dropped to .754 and 3.4 last season. His WAR was 5.0 or higher his first three seasons. Jackson is at a point where he should develop more power, and it’s necessary for the Tigers if they are hitting him lower in the batting order.

2. Alex Avila – In the first half of last season, Avila was a disaster at the plate. He closed relatively strongly. The Tigers need that trend to continue, especially considering they are void of left-handed hitters after trading Prince Fielder to Texas.

3. Joba Chamberlain – Chamberlain still has big-time arm strength. His signing was low-risk, high-reward for the Tigers. Don’t be surprised if pays off.

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