Former Pirates AAAA slugger Brad Eldred, whose blend of ridiculous power and gigantic holes in his swing made him both an extremely entertaining and an extremely flawed player, is returning to the majors with the Detroit Tigers after getting off to a ridiculously hot start with Class AAA Toledo. Eldred hit .388/.444/1.013 with 13 homers in 20 games there.â†µ
The Tigers have released Brandon Inge to make room for Eldred on the roster.
Eldred left the Pirates organization in 2007 after getting cups of coffee with the Bucs in that year and in 2006. Since his departure, he's made a grand tour of Class AAA ballparks, playing for Charlotte, Syracuse, Colorado Springs, Fresno and then Toledo, with his only respite coming in a 24 at-bat stint in the bigs in 2010 with the Rockies. His hot start should get him a bit of playing time in Detroit. While the fairy tale will probably soon come to an end (Eldred probably doesn't have the tools to put up enough of a batting average to make him a viable big-league player), it's nice to see his good work rewarded.â†µ