The Detroit Tigers have six picks in the upcoming 2020 MLB First-Year Amateur Draft, here’s who they could take.
The 2020 MLB Draft is inching closer and closer, and as it does, the Detroit Tigers will prepare to make their first overall selection and the five following selections. The schedule was recently released for the two days of the draft and its plans for it to be televised.
The Tigers will only be making one pick on the first day of the draft; then, their other five selections will come on the second day of the draft. They have one pick each numbered round, plus one pick in the Competitive Balance Round B which takes place after the second round.
It seems like the first overall pick is going to be Spencer Torkelson with almost every ranking out there, leaving the power-hitter as the player to go 1:1 by this time next week. However, Austin Martin still deserves a ton of consideration for that first overall selection.
This 2020 MLB Draft has a much different look than it has in recent years, being shortened to five rounds down from forty. The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way this Major League Baseball is going to carry out the draft this year.
One of the other new additions to the draft that could allow the Tigers to scoop up some extra prospects is an undrafted free agent signing period. The draft will conclude, and then teams will be allowed to negotiate with players on $20,000 contracts as undrafted free agents.
The Tigers should be at an advantage during this draft as they have the top selection each round and can also add any extra players they feel will be worth pursuing as an undrafted free agent. Tigers General Manager (GM) Al Avila will get together with the front office for the draft.
Ideally, Avila will be able to help this Tigers rebuild; as long as he does not select a starting pitcher with the first overall pick, things should get better. Bringing in some of the top talents in this draft will allow the Tigers to try and add more players to the minor league system.
Not adding as many players as always is going to be an issue, but with the six picks they do have, the Tigers can make it worthwhile and bring in some exceptional talent.