Tigers own three of top 58 Draft picks
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.