The Detroit Tigers have the first overall draft choice this summer, whoever is selected will need time in the minor leagues.
This summers 2020 First-Year Amateur Player Draft is going to be exciting as it could be shortened to as much as only five rounds. The Tigers will have the first overall selection in the draft, so they get their choice of any top talent they want.
No matter who the Tigers select, whether it be Austin Martin or Spencer Torkelson, neither will be in the big leagues for two years at the minimum. Even coming out of college, they will spend 2020 in the minors getting acclimated, if there even is minor league baseball this season.
The draftees would need at least two seasons to make it to the big leagues if they were fast-tracked to try and expedite the rebuild. Last year’s first-round selection Riley Greene, who was off to a hot start this Spring, also will not be seeing the big leagues anytime soon.
With some of the organizations’ most promising prospects still about two years from the big leagues, the rebuild is far from over. The newest prospect class is going to be small as it is, and the Tigers need to build the positional depth up.
For the rebuild to be completed, the Tigers will have to make sure they bring in some solid position players since there are a lot more pitching prospects currently in the Tigers system.
The issue with the pitchers is that most of them are still making their way through the minor leagues and are not ready to make the jump to the big leagues.