We’re less than a week away from the Detroit Tigers most important days of the year. The MLB amateur draft is set for June 10-11 and represents the best chance for the organization to turbocharge its buildup toward renewed competitive relevance.
Arizona State first baseman Spencer Torkelson seems set to be the Tigers first overall pick, but there are continued minor murmurings about Texas A&M lefty Asa Lacy, as well as schemes to get well underslot with prep outfielder Zac Veen.
In today’s FanPost prompt we’d like to hear your draft wishlists, round by round. Feel free to propose alternates, strategies, or what have you. But what we’d really like, is for you to peruse the various mock drafts and projections at FanGraphs or MLB Pipeline, or at pay sites like Baseball America or ESPN, to orient yourself as to who is likely available, and try to keep it somewhat realistic.
The Tigers have picks 1, 38, 62, 73, 102, and 133. You can find the bonus pool amounts, draft order, and pick values here.
This is going to be a peculiar draft with the limited, five-round format, and owners deferring most of the bonus money draftees will receive to 2021-2022. Players and their families and agents are being forced into some really difficult calculations. Just this week, prep outfielder Dylan Crews, projected as a second-rounder by many, decided to drop out of the draft and go to school. That decision brought focus to the complicated calculus all parties involved are dealing with under these unusual circumstances.
All of which is to say, there may be many big surprises along the way. So feel free to hope someone you like drops to the Tigers, but try to keep those hopes within reason. But if you think you can make a good case, have at it.
Head over to the FanPost section, select “New FanPost” on the left, and let us know which draft results would have you very excited about the future of the Detroit Tigers.