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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: Added to IL

    Jung was placed on the 7-day injured list Thursday with right wrist soreness, Jason Beck of MLB.com reports. Jung was scratched from Triple-A Toledo's starting lineup Thursday and will require a stint on the injured list. He owns a .270/.390/.500 slash line in 64 games with Toledo this season and is one of the Tigers' top prospects.
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  • Tigers' Jace Jung: Streaking since returning to play

    Jung (undisclosed) returned to play May 16 for Triple-A Toledo and has a five-game hitting streak. He missed a week earlier this month with unspecified soreness and is slashing .277/.387/.520 with eight home runs and a 27.5 percent strikeout rate in 182 plate appearances. Jung has played 26 games at third base and 12 games at second base. He could also see some work at designated hitter for the big club, as Jung's defense is seen as the weakest part of his game.
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  • Tigers' Jace Jung: Remains out at Triple-A

    Jung isn't included in Triple-A Toledo's lineup for Sunday's game against St. Paul due to unspecified soreness, Brian Buckley of The Toledo Blade reports. Jung sat out Saturday's 1-0 win over St. Paul in what was believed to be a rest day, but his absence from the lineup for a second consecutive day implies that he's dealing with a physical issue. The 23-year-old has been one of the top hitters in the Toledo lineup this season, producing a .282/.400/.524 slash line over 155 plate appearances.
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  • Tigers' Jace Jung: Off to solid start at Triple-A

    Through 14 games with Triple-A Toledo, Jung is batting .278 with a .902 OPS, three home runs and 12 RBI. Making his debut at the Triple-A level, Jung is picking up where he left off at the end of last season, when he batted .286 with a .939 OPS across 47 games with Double-A Erie. The team decided that was enough for a promotion, and his stay in Toledo may be fairly short as well, as the 23-year-old seems to have the tools to be a solid MLB regular in the near future. Gio Urshela has been getting the bulk of the starts at the hot corner in Detroit.
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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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