Krizan was sent down to the minors Thursday, Evan Woodberry of MLive.com reports. Krizan went 2-for-16 with one home run and one RBI in 10 spring training games. He'll start the year with Triple-A Toledo, where he looks to serve as organizational depth.
Krizan agreed to a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training with Detroit on Thursday. Krizan has spent 159 games with the Tigers' Triple-A affiliate over the past three years, and for the second straight season, he will receive an invite to spring training and another one-year minor-league deal. The 28-year-old slashed .264/.334/.377 with four home runs and 37 RBI for Triple-A Toledo in 2017, but hasn't recorded any time in the majors over his career. It's possible that he gets a look at some point this summer after gradually moving up through the minor-league ranks -- including earning a nod on the Eastern League's midseason All-Star team in 2016 -- but at this point, he will likely continue to hang around Toledo as additional outfield depth in case the injury bug hits the major-league club.
The Tigers announced Monday they reassigned Jordan Lennerton, Xavier Avery, Manny Pina, Jefry Marte, Aaron Westlake and Jason Krizan to minor-league camp, per MLB.com.
Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Thursday outfield prospect Jason Krizan will play some infield in 2015, per the Detroit Free Press. Krizan played second base in high school and 17 games at first base in Class A in 2013. He has primarily played in left field (293 games) in the minors, but he has also seen time in right (49 games) and center field (35 games). Krizan, who was selected in the eighth round of the 2011 MLB Draft, has a career .272/.354/.377/.731 slash line. "[Krizan is] a guy that, really, his swing and his bat look like they could play at the major-league level very soon," Ausmus said, per MLB.com. "But being a corner outfielder can be a tough spot sometimes to get in the lineup. So if he's got the ability to play multiple positions, kind of a super-utility, then you might be able to get him -- if his bat does play at this level -- into four, five, six games a week and play three different positions. So that's the thought process."
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