Moya could get left-field look with Tigers in September

Chris McCosky
The Detroit News

Detroit — Tigers outfield prospect Steven Moya played left field for the Triple A Mud Hens on Wednesday night.

Manager Brad Ausmus was asked before the game Thursday if we should read anything into that.

“Yeah, you probably should,” he said.

Moya has played almost exclusively in right field since he was signed by the Tigers. He played one game in left in the Gulf Coast League in 2012. But with J.D. Martinez in his second arbitration year and under team control through 2017, Moya’s not going to be manning right field in Detroit any time soon.

And, with Yoenis Cespedes traded to the Mets at the deadline, left field is wide open right now for the Tigers.

Thus, when the Tigers announce the September call-ups in a couple of days, Moya’s name likely will be among them, and you would expect him to get some playing time along with Tyler Collins in left field.

Moya hit his 19th home run of the season on Wednesday. He’s hitting .239 in Toledo with a .705 OPS. He has struck out 146 times in 448 at-bats.

Ausmus said he won’t announce the call-ups until the players are notified, but Moya, infielder Dixon Machado, catcher Bryan Holaday, corner infielder Jefry Marte, and pitchers Kyle Ryan, Ian Krol, Kyle Lobstein and Jose Valdez are among those likely to be called up.