Tigers option Cabrera, send back Mercedes
The latest round of cuts from Tigers camp were announced this morning, all involving prospects sent back to minor league camp to get more playing time and prepare for their seasons.
Shortstop Dixon Machado and catcher Ramon Cabrera were optioned to Double-A Erie. It’s a promotion for the 21-year-old Machado, who batted .195 at Class A Lakeland with slick defense, and an arrival for Cabrera, who was the return player in the trade that sent Andy Oliver to Pittsburgh. Cabrera is expected to share catching duties with James McCann with the SeaWolves.
Joining them at Erie, most likely, will be Daniel Fields, who was assigned to minor-league camp Monday. He was a non-roster invite to camp since he isn’t on the 40-man roster. Fields spent the second half of last season at Erie and held his own, batting .264 in 29 games with two home runs, 13 walks and 21 strikeouts.
Right-handed reliever Melvin Mercedes, meanwhile, was optioned to Class A Lakeland, where some are hoping he can put together control on his upper 90s fastball and experience a breakthrough like Bruce Rondon last year (though maybe not to that same degree).
Joining Mercedes in Lakeland will be shortstop Eugenio Suarez, who was assigned to minor-league camp. He heads across the street having made an impression with the big-league camp, including a highlight stop and throw last Thursday against the Braves.