In the 2010-2011 MLB season the Detroit Tigers reached the ALCS behind a mix of veteran leadership and youthful energy. With big years from Justin Verlander, Miguel Cabrera, Victor Martinez, Jhonny Peralta and surprisingly, Alex Avila, the Tigers pulled away in the AL Central and beat the New York Yankees before losing to the Texas Rangers.
2011-2012 looks to be the beginning of a youth movement in the Motor City, however. Ridding themselves of the oft-injured Magglio Ordonez and Carlos Guillen and fielding a lineup with seven players under 30 years of age the Tigers, often considered a "win-now" team, look poised to be dominant for years. Furthermore, the Tigers are looking at five starting pitchers who also are under 30.
For many Tigers fans, with the addition of Prince Fielder, this is the year for Detroit to win it all. To make that dream come to fruition though, the Tigers will need the same blend of youth and leadership that made them a force in the American League last year. In every facet of the game the Tigers are looking at a youth infusion that will certainly help push their title run.
These are the five players most likely to have a breakout year in their young careers and propel the Tigers to yet another lengthy playoff run.