Hinch on roster competition, prospects, more


DETROIT — Isaac Paredes is one of two Tigers on MLB Pipeline’s latest rankings of baseball’s top third-base prospects. He could also soon enter Detroit’s roster picture at second.

“I’ve made it no secret that I love multipositional players,” manager A.J. Hinch said on a Tuesday afternoon video conference with reporters.

Even moreso when those players just wrapped up a batting title in winter ball.

While the Tigers head into the final weeks of the Hot Stove season looking to finalize their Spring Training roster, potentially but not necessarily with another free-agent hitter, Hinch is looking for flexibility to move players around and help him put a lineup together that will get him the offensive improvement he’s seeking. Jeimer Candelario can play either infield corner, Willi Castro can play up the middle and Niko Goodrum and Harold Castro can play all over.

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