The Detroit Tigers are inching closer to being officially on the clock, and uncertainty still looms.
The way things are right now, the Detroit Tigers may be farther away from resuming play than it initially seems. However, Major League Baseball has announced to the schedule for the 2020 MLB Draft for which the Tigers hold the first overall selection.
The last few weeks of news in the baseball world have been about the ongoing disagreements and issues between the owners across Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA). In the midst, the league has laid out the two-day plans for the draft.
On Wednesday, June 10th, starting at 7 p.m. ET. The first thirty-seven picks will be carried out with coverage spanning across MLB Network as well as ESPN. This is where the Tigers will make their first selection, most likely either Spencer Torkelson or Austin Martin.
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The current debate has been between the power-hitting first baseman from Arizona State, Spencer Torkelson, who has all the makings of a bright future, and Vanderbilt’s top infielder.
Martin was a utility player for the Commodores, who really drew interest after his jump in development.
Either Martin or Torkelson is an excellent pick for the Tigers and will help their rebuild a ton, but all the signs seem to the point that Torkelson is the undisputed 1:1.
However, given the current construction of the franchise, taking a toolsy player like Martin that can grow into a defined position is best. He could grow into a position similar to how Kris Bryant found his home at third base or in the outfield after being a touted versatile shortstop.
But for now, it leaves fans uncertain of who the organization will select as the 2020 MLB Draft inches closer. Following day one, on Thursday, the remaining four rounds of the draft will continue on MLB Network and ESPN2 beginning at 5 p.m. ET.
The Detroit Tigers return to the field is another area of uncertainty in recent news.
While the draft brings its uncertainty, especially with the added signing period for undrafted free agents, baseball itself has uncertainty as it is with disputes about returning to play. The way things stand right now, both sides are not the closest to an agreement to bring baseball back.
Some owners have openly voiced that they are okay with sitting out the 2020 season, and players seem to be all across the map in terms of wanting to play or not, and demanding money or not. It has caused a divide between the two sides that is yet to be worked out.
Keep in mind, there was already an agreement in place for pro-rated salaries that would pay players a pro-rated amount, but the owners seemed to want to walk back on this agreement on the updated contract between the two sides.
Sadly, with the draft uncertainty soon to depart for the Detroit Tigers, the attention will shift focus to getting the players back on the field as the two sides continue their dispute.