Candelario went 3-for-3 with two walks, a home run and four RBI in Sunday's 12-0 win over the White Sox. Candelario was locked in, and he's now got his season line up to a strong .291/.384/.477. The 23-year-old seems to have displaced Nick Castellanos from third base, as the latter has been playing right field and DH lately. Candelario should have the inside track on third heading into 2018.
Candelario went 2-for-4 with a home run in Thursday's loss to the White Sox. The homer was the second of Candelario's career and his first since joining Detroit in the Justin Wilson trade. He may not have super exciting tools, but the 23-year-old Candelario has been hitting at a strong clip since stepping into a regular role, going 15-for-43 (.349 average) to begin September.
Candelario went 1-for-5 with a double, a run scored and two RBI in Tuesday's win over the Royals. Since getting recalled on Sept. 2, Candelario is 6-for-16 with two doubles, two runs scored and two RBI. He's also started each of the last four games at third base, as the Tigers have been using Nick Castellanos at DH and in right field. Clearly, the team wants to get a good look at Candelario heading into 2018. As one of the Tigers' best hitting prospects, Candelario could claim an everyday role if he impresses during this audition. So far, he's off to a good start.
Candelario is starting at third base and hitting sixth Saturday against the Indians. His first start with the Tigers comes against Corey Kluber, which obviously won't be an easy assignment for the 23-year-old switch hitter. It's starting to look like the Tigers are clearing the way for Candelario to serve as the primary third baseman down the stretch. Nick Castellanos is starting at DH in this one, but was also getting schooled in right field prior to the game, so it seems like a position change may be in the works. Candelario hit .265/.343/.484 with 15 home runs in 407 at-bats across stops with the Cubs' and Tigers' Triple-A affiliates.
Candelario was optioned to Triple-A Toledo on Tuesday. With Jose Iglesias set to return from the bereavement list Wednesday, Candelario will be shipped back to the minors. He went 1-for-2 during Tuesday's contest and should be back in the majors when rosters expand in September.
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