Detroit Tigers: Delmon Young and 5 Low Profile, High Impact Players for 2012

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Detroit Tigers: Delmon Young and 5 Low Profile, High Impact Players for 2012
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After a prophetic start to the 2012 season, the Detroit Tigers have to be pleased with where they are at a week into the Grapefruit League's winter season.

A stellar 6-0 start when it doesn't really count is still better than the losing records that perennial powerhouses like Texas, New York, and St. Louis are sporting early on in Florida.

Expectations are high and the Tigers thus far have given manager Jim Leyland little to complain about.

In fact, they might be exceeding well beyond where Leyland thought they might be at after only a few weeks in the sun.

Regardless, there is no such thing as a Grapefruit League championship, but players are living up to the hype placed on an organization that became instant favorites to go all the way in 2012 the day Prince Fielder signed a long-term contract.

The Tigers have a handful of players that will be difference makers in 2012, some more than others, but all will have an impact.

Some players will be role players because they have a job to do on game day to help the Tigers win ball games.

Those are the players we'll be looking at.

Here's a look at five high impact, low profile players that will help Detroit go the distance this season.

Bleacher Report Featured Columnist J. Cook is a member of B/R's 2012 MLB Spring Training Coverage Team and contributes to B/R's MLB content and Detroit Tigers page.

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