The future of the Detroit Tigers is not going to be made or broken based off one specific pick, but as Tigers fans, we can only hope that Monday night, the best player for the Tigers future is taken.
The most important thing is that the Tigers need to take the player that is going to best fit the plans for the “end of the rebuild.” The end goal is going to be to get a player that will be a middle of the lineup stud for years to come after the rebuild ends. The Tigers need the player who is going to be able to get to the big leagues shortly and not take a long time to develop over the next few years and end of the rebuild.
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JJ Bleday seems to be the best man for the job, the capabilities of being a solid all-around bat, but also having the power in his bat is going to be nothing but great for the Tigers lineup. Bleday would not need a long stretch in the minors to become big league capable for the Tigers.
Andrew Vaughn seems to be just as good as Bleday in terms of a solid approach to hitting and dominance in the box, but the worry is a positional stopgap with Cabrera being around for the remainder of his contract.
Hunter Bishop worries me a little with his want to change his batting stance and approach; a farm system could fix that. But with such raw power, Bishop needs to have full consistency for the Tigers to consider him if Bleday and/or Vaughn are still there.
CJ Abrams is a QUICK, smooth-hands shortstop or middle infielder that reminds me a lot of Dee Gordon but possessing more pop. Abrams would not be handicapped to a player who only uses speed; he should possess a limited power threat that makes him worth a look at the fifth pick.
Riley Greene is the least favorite of the hitters; he should not be the go-to pick with any of the other players on the draft board. Greene possesses hitting but that is about it, he can be developed, but the Detroit Tigers should not have their focus on developing a player, instead of capping off a players development, polishing him for the big leagues.
With most other fans, I’m sure I am not alone when I say that I REALLY hope the Tigers don’t take a pitcher. Nick Lodolo is a fantastic arm, and by no means is a bad pick, at the fifth overall pick, it’s a bit much for the Tigers to add another hefty arm to the slew of them in the minors right now.
All of the players above are most likely going to end up as pretty impressive players; the question is a matter when. I said that Greene is not the best pick, but that still does not mean he is a bad pick by any means. Greene is a top ten pick, but with guys like Bleday, Vaughn, or Abrams out there, the Detroit Tigers should have a tough time passing those guys up. No one knows how it will unfold until Monday night, but Tigers fans should hope the draft brings us Bleday, Vaughn, or Abrams.