May 3rd, 2013
Major League Baseball sent out information today about next month’s First-Year Player Draft, which begins on Thursday, June 6. Unlike the last couple years, the Tigers won’t be sitting out the first day. In fact, they’ll be quite active.
Among the information released was the final draft order for the first few rounds, including the compensation rounds. Add up the first-round pick that the Tigers didn’t give up to sign a top free agent this year (the first time they’ve held onto that since 2009) with the competitive balance pick the Tigers acquired from the Marlins in last summer’s trade for Anibal Sanchez and Omar Infante, and the Tigers have three of the top 58 selections after not picking last year until 91st overall.
All of those selections will be made on the first night.
Their first-round selection will be the 20th overall pick. They’ll get the last of the six compensation picks after the first round, 39th overall. Their next pick falls 19th in the second round.
The early picks, and the extra signing money allotted with them, has the potential to go a long way towards restocking a farm system that has been thinned by trades over the last couple years.
I’m off this weekend, but if I’m by my laptop when the lineup comes out, I’ll blog it. As luck would have it, I was working on something when the lineup came out with Don Kelly in center field. I’m not in Houston to ask about it, but I’m sure the reasoning will come out soon enough.
As you can see, there’s not a lot of history between Bud Norris and the Tigers, nor between Doug Fister and the Astros. Norris made his Major League debut about a month after the Tigers and Astros last faced each other in the summer of 2009.
- Andy Dirks, LF
- Torii Hunter, RF
- Miguel Cabrera, 3B
- Prince Fielder, 1B (5-for-19, HR, walk, 6 K’s vs. Norris)
- Victor Martinez, DH
- Don Kelly, CF
- Jhonny Peralta, SS
- Alex Avila, C
- Omar Infante, 2B (2-for-9 vs. Norris)
P: Doug Fister
- Robbie Grossman, CF
- Jose Altuve, 2B
- Jason Castro, DH
- Carlos Pena, 1B (0-for-6, K vs. Fister)
- Carlos Corporan, C
- Chris Carter, LF (2-for-5, HR, 2 K’s vs. Fister)
- Matt Dominguez, 3B
- Rick Ankiel, RF
- Marwin Gonzalez, SS
P: Bud Norris