Ficociello was called up to Triple-A Toledo on Wednesday, Tom Reisenweber of the Erie Times-News reports.
Ficociello had spent the first 89 games of the season with Double-A Erie this year, hitting .308/.378/.448 with seven home runs and 39 RBI. The shortstop worked his way through the Double-A level since the middle of the 2015 season, and is ready to test his skills at Toledo. Ficociello is able to play myriad positions defensively, and will look to make it to the Tigers by the end of next season.
Ficociello was reassigned to minor league camp on Sunday, Evan Woodbery of MLive.com reports.
The 24-year-old has made an impact this spring, as he is tied for the team lead with four home runs, though he is batting just .229 with a .288 on-base percentage. Ficociello could use some time at Triple-A after spending all of 2016 with Double-A Erie. The organization likes his defensive versatility, and he's a player worth watching if or when he makes it to the majors.
Ficociello hit his team-high third home run of spring training in Thursday's game against the Mets.
Ficociello is likely to being the year at Triple-A Toledo, but he's certainly making an impression on the big league club during spring training. The 24-year-old figures to assume a super utility role for Toledo, and his versatility makes him an intriguing player if he does get called up at some point this season.
Ficociello said he wants to be known as a player who can play multiple positions, the Detroit News reports.
Ficociello was compared to Ben Zobrist, though it's obviously too early to know whether he'll hit like Zobrist at the MLB level. Ficociello will likely start the season at Triple-A Toledo, and he could play either corner infield or outfield spot, as well as second base in a pinch. "Wherever they need me to fill in at a spot, I can do it," Ficociello said. "Not just first base. Third base, left field, right field, second base - in an emergency situation -I could do that type of thing. It's a role I can see myself taking on."
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