Moya, Marte, Krol, Wilson expected to join Tigers Tuesday (updated with Fields DFA)
The next round of Tigers September call-ups appears to be set at four players from Triple-A Toledo. Slugging outfielder Steven Moya, corner infielder Jefry Marte, left-hander Ian Krol and infielder Josh Wilson are expected to be called up Tuesday now that the Mud Hens season is over, a source told MLB.com.
Chris Iott of MLive.com first reported the expected moves among the four players Monday evening.
Meanwhile, neither right-hander Michael Fulmer nor outfielder Wynton Bernard are expected to be called up from Double-A Erie, according to sources.
Moya, Marte and Krol are all on the 40-man roster. Josh Wilson is not. To open a spot, the Tigers designated outfielder Daniel Fields for assignment, a source confirmed Tuesday morning.
Of the four expected call-ups, Moya is the only one who hasn’t been up yet this season. The top prospect in the Tigers system according to MLBPipeline.com rankings, Moya salvaged a difficult season at Triple-A Toledo by showing progress down the stretch. The big left-handed hitter batted .265 (39-for-147) from Aug. 1 on with 12 doubles, five home runs and 19 RBIs.
For the season, Moya batted .240 (120-for-500) at Toledo with 30 doubles, 20 homers, 74 RBIs, 27 walks and 162 strikeouts. He played almost exclusively right field for the Mud Hens until the final week, when he shifted over to left in a move that opens up the possibility of him competing for playing time there if the Tigers look internally this offseason to fill the corner spot opposite J.D. Martinez. For the next few weeks, he could serve as a left-handed power bat off the bench while getting some starts in left.
Marte filled in surprisingly well for an injured Miguel Cabrera in July and August, batting .250 (13-for-52) with four doubles, three home runs and seven RBIs. He batted .275 at Toledo with 25 doubles, 15 homers and 75 RBIs.
Krol has shuttled between Detroit and Toledo three times, mastering Triple-A hitters but struggling at times to attack opponents in the big leagues. He has allowed 16 earned runs on 30 hits over 21 1/3 innings, walking 13 and striking out 22.
The surprise would be Wilson, whose call would restore infield depth lost when Iglesias went on the DL. He went 8-for-21 in Detroit earlier this year, and batted .252 with three homers, 30 RBIs and 10 stolen bases for Toledo.