What Happened Zack Short?
Short was traded to the Detroit Tigers for Cameron Maybin on August 31, 2020, just before the trade deadline.
He did not play in a minor league game in 2020 since the minor league season was canceled due to the COVID-19 epidemic.
Short got promoted to the major leagues for the first time on April 21, 2021.
He made his MLB debut against the Pittsburgh Pirates as the starting third baseman on that day. Short’s first MLB hit came on April 23, when he singled off Kansas City Royals pitcher Mike Minor.
Short hit his first MLB home run, a two-run home run, against Houston Astros starter Framber Valdez on June 26. He had a .141 batting average in 61 games during the 2021 season.
Because the Tigers needed to make a move to activate Niko Goodrum from the injured list, Short could have been the odd man out regardless. His recent decline, on the other hand, made the decision easy.
Brief has hit .145 with a .563 OPS in 134 plate appearances in three short stints and one long stay with the major league team. He has 18 walks (13.4 percent of plate appearances) and 48 strikeouts (35.8 percent).
In 2021, Short could be a viable option as a utility infielder. His minor-league alternatives, at the very least, offer him an appealing depth option in Toledo.
Short, Goodrum, Willi Castro, Harold Castro, and Isaac Paredes’ combined performance has most certainly persuaded the Tigers that they’ll need to trade or sign a free agent to obtain their 2022 shortstop.
Short was only given a six-week audition for the part, but it was more time than most 26-year-old actors without a stellar resume get.