Adam Everett #4
- Height: 6′ 0″ | Weight: 180
- 2008 Stats: .213 – 2 HR – 20 RBI
Itâ€™s difficult to get a clear picture of new Tigers shortstop Adam Everett based on his 2008 performance with the Twins. He had just 158 at bats (which produced a .213 average) and appeared in only 45 games for the Twins defensively due to a bum throwing shoulder. However, itâ€™s not so much Everettâ€™s production at the plate that concerns Tigers fans â€“ anything close to .250 would suffice â€“ itâ€™s his glove work.
Jim Leyland and the Tigersâ€™ faithful look to the 31-year-old to fortify (along with third baseman Brandon Inge) the left side of the infield. But how can he inject some offense into the lower third of the lineup in 2009? By focusing on the parts of the strike zone he favors; for Everett thatâ€™s above the belt from the heart of the plate to the outside corner.
The bottom line is that the Tigers wouldnâ€™t have signed Everett to man a keystone position if they didnâ€™t see him as a defensive upgrade to the departed Edgar Renteria.