2014 MLB draft order: Tigers pick 26th

Leon Halip

The MLB draft order is out, and Detroit is (again) picking late because of its success.

The Tigers have the 26th pick in the 2014 MLB First-Year Player Draft. (And you thought losing three games to the Marlins was a bad thing! Think of how bad the pick could have been if they won!)

With the playoffs only beginning, it's too early to think about next year's draft. And considering this is baseball, what's the point anyway? (I can already hear the teeth gnashing from draft fans.)

The Tigers haven't spent a lot of time in the first round lately, due to a strategy of signing free agents that sometimes resulting in forfeiting early picks. In 2013, Detroit managed to pick 20th, snagging RHP Jonathan Crawford, and a competitive balance pick acquired from the Marlins allowed them to take RHP Corey Knebel 39th.

Crawford had a 1.89 ERA in eight games of short-season A ball this year, and Knebel had a 0.87 ERA in 31 appearances with the Low-A Whitecaps.

In 2011-12, the Tigers picked no earlier than 76th overall. The last really exciting pick came in 2010, when Nick Castellanos fell to a 44th overall first round "sandwich" pick. The last top-10 selection was Jacob Turner, ninth overall in 2009.

Of course, if losing early draft picks is the cost of winning, it seems to be a cost the Tigers are happy to pay and it hasn't come back to bite them yet.

Will it ever? Only the future can tell.

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