Typically we don’t begin our draft coverage for a few more weeks, waiting for the opening week or two of minor league baseball to have the center stage, but then again, we’re usually two weeks into a major league season by this point. With tentative plans for a partial season still very much in the early stages, the draft is the one thing we’ve got to look forward to for certain, so let’s start getting into it.
Joining host Brandon Day are a pair of strong guests for this one. First we have Joe Doyle, who writes for Lookout Landing, our Seattle Mariners sister site on the SB Nation platform. He covers prospects, amateur players, and the draft for Prospects Live and Baseball America. Secondly, we have former BYB prospects writer Jay Markle. He’s now with Motor City Bengals on the Fansided platform.
We’ll talk about the strange new rules that will govern the revised 2020 draft, the bonus pools, and how the draft class sets up for this five round free-for-all.
The Tigers number one pick still has folks divided between Vanderbilt’s Austin Martin, and Arizona’s Spencer Torkleson, along with a few Asa Lacy believers to spice the mix. We’ll talk about each of them, and look into the heart of the draft for the Tigers, picks 38, 63, and 74. Assuming you can’t miss at 1-1, getting those picks right is going to be the key, and in a pitcher-rich draft class, finding a good arm or two without neglecting the dire need for good positional talent may influence the Tigers approach here.
Along the way we’ll talk about the Tigers farm system, their strengths and weaknesses, and whether they can close the gap between them and the top farms any time soon.