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The younger brother of Rangers third baseman Josh Jace Jung, Jace had a productive season at High-A and Double-A as a 22-year-old, but he surprisingly struggled in a small sample in the hitter-friendly Arizona Fall League. Jung is a fringe-average defender at second base and is essentially a worse version of org. mate Colt Keith, so there is a small margin for error with his offensive development. The lefty hitter slashed .265/.376/.502 with 28 home runs, a 24.2 percent strikeout rate and a 13.7 percent walk rate in 128 games. He only had a .685 OPS with one home run in 15 AFL games. Jung was drafted with the No. 12 overall pick by Al Avila's front office about a month before the Tigers fired Avila in August 2022, so the new regime in Detroit may not give Jung multiple extended opportunities to prove he belongs in the big leagues. He should spend most of the year at Triple-A.

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  • Tigers' Jace Jung: Officially reassigned to minors

    The Tigers reassigned Jung to minor-league camp Thursday. This was expected, as the Tigers said before spring training started that Jung would not make the Opening Day roster. The 23-year-old has plenty of potential and figures to be in the team's future plans at third base. Jung got his first taste of Double-A last year and may see Triple-A action at some point this season, with an MLB promotion potentially on deck if he plays well in the minors.
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  • Tigers' Jace Jung: Won't make Opening Day roster

    Tigers manager A.J. Hinch told Jung on Thursday the infielder will not be part of the Opening Day roster, Evan Woodbery of MLive.com reports. It never really seemed like a consideration, but Hinch apparently wanted to nip the possibility in the bud at the start of camp. Jung slashed .265/.376/.502 with 28 home runs between High-A West Michigan and Double-A Erie in 2023. He's played only second base in the minors so far, but Jung was used at third base in the Arizona Fall League and that appears to be his long-term home with Colt Keith settling in at the keystone. Detroit has a big hole at the hot corner, so it's possible Jung could push to debut in 2024 if he gets off to a nice start.
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  • Tigers' Jace Jung: Moving to Double-A

    Jung was promoted from High-A West Michigan to Double-A Toledo on Sunday, Emily Waldon of Baseball America reports. Jung began the 2023 season with the High-A club and slashed .247/.371/.452 with 13 homers, 45 runs, 40 RBI and five steals over 80 matchups. The 22-year-old played exclusively at second base at West Michigan and will now attempt to continue his success at the Double-A level.
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