Three Detroit Tigers Players Vying For Opening Day Role

The Detroit Tigers are facing some roster uncertainty as they prepare for the 2022 season.

Several players, including Kerry Carpenter, Andy Ibanez, and Ryan Kreidler, are vying for a role on the team's Opening Day roster.

Andy Ibanez, who was claimed off waivers from the Texas Rangers in November and outrighted to Triple-A Toledo, is in the mix for a reserve role.

The 29-year-old infielder has appeared in 116 games over his two-year career in the majors, posting a .258/.306/.384 triple-slash line, with eight home runs, 34 RBIs, three stolen bases and 44 runs scored.

While he likely won't have a prominent role with the Tigers, he has a chance to break camp on the MLB roster.

Ryan Kreidler made his major-league debut last season, appearing in 26 games for Detroit last year and slashing just .178/.244/.233, with a home run, six RBIs and eight runs scored.

However, his defensive versatility could help him land a utility role off the bench. The right-handed infielder could also settle into a platoon role at second or third base, possibly with left-handed hitter Nick Maton.

However, it appears that Kerry Carpenter has the inside track on a reserve role after a solid MLB debut in 2022.

The twenty-five-year-old hit an impressive six home runs with 10 RBIs over his first 31 games in the majors last season, along with a solid .252/.310/.485 triple-slash line.

While he may not secure a starting role, he appears likely to land a role as a reserve outfielder. In addition, with Miguel Cabrera needing plenty of rest days at this stage of his career, Carpenter may also see time at DH.

Overall, while all three players have a chance to make the Opening Day roster, Carpenter appears to have the best chance due to his impressive debut season and ability to play multiple positions. Photo Credit: Jessica Rapfogel-USA TODAY Sports