Outfielder/first baseman Bligh Madris
Bligh Madris was one of a plethora of players who made their debut with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2022. The left-handed hitting outfielder nearly hit his way onto the Opening Day roster with a great performance in spring training, and then made his MLB debut in June.
The 26-year-old Madris got an extended look with the Pirates, but, unfortunately, he could never find consistency. In 123 plate appearances he hit for just a .177/.244/.265 slash line with 45 wRC+ and an OPS+ of 44.
Madris got off to a strong start, which included three hits and a double in his MLB debut. Madris failed to build upon this strong start though on his way to struggling before being designated for assignment. After he was DFA’d by the Pirates, Madris was claimed by the Tampa Bay Rays. After also being DFA’d by the Rays he has now been claimed off waivers by the Detroit Tigers on Friday.
During his MLB time with the Pirates last season Madris also began to work toward learning first base. Madris was multi-time guest of the Rum Bunter podcast and is an all-around great dude. Hopefully, he can catch on with the Tigers and go on to become a contributor in Detroit.