Tigers Roster & Staff

Sam Palace

Begins his second season as a bullpen catcher for the Tigers after being named to the position in March 2016...Duties include catching the Tigers pitching staff during warm-ups as well as relievers during the game...additionally he assists by throwing batting practice...Prior to joining the Tigers as bullpen catcher in 2016, he held the same role with the Washington Nationals in 2014-15...Played four seasons at the minor league level (2009-10, 2012-13) in the Washington Nationals organization...Attended Kent State University before transferring to Florida Tech...at Florida Tech, Palace appeared in 127 games, posting a .288 batting average with 18 home runs and 88 RBI...Graduated from Clarkston High School (MI) where he was an All-State Dream Team performer...Palace and his wife, AJ, spend their time between Detroit and Chicago in the offseason.