Detroit Tigers pick third overall in 2021 as draft order is announced

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The Detroit Tigers will have the third overall selection in the 2020 MLB Draft after an official draft order announcement.

As the Detroit Tigers finished out their 2020 season, they knew they were going to get another top tier draft selection in the 2021 MLB Draft. The question was, how high will this selection be? The answer finally comes after an official announcement from Major League Baseball.

The 2021 draft order was a question for a long time, but the Pittsburgh Pirates will get the first overall selection in the 2021 MLB draft. On the other hand, the Tigers will have the third overall selection, meaning they have had a top-five or better selection in each of the past four seasons.

While Casey Mize already saw his promotion to the big leagues after being a first overall selection back in the 2018 season. The Tigers will wait for 2019 fifth overall selection Riley Greene to head towards the big leagues and 2020 first overall selection Spencer Torkelson to make it to Detroit.

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Neither of these two players is likely to make it big during the 2021 season; the Tigers are rebuilding, and these top tier draft picks will likely help form the base in which this rebuild is built off of.

The Tigers will likely have their pick of the litter near the top of the 2021 draft class.

The likelihood is that the Pittsburgh Pirates will be tempted to draft one of Vanderbilt’s prized arms in the form of Kumar Rocker or Jack Leiter.

Regardless, the Tigers are going to be coming away with another future star at third overall. The thing is, the hope was for the first overall selection. While this seems farfetched and incorrect, there was some hope that the Tigers were going to be able to bring in another first overall pick.

The rebuild should only be boosted by this third overall selection, bringing even more talent into the 2021 draft class and placing them into the organization. Stocking the minor league system now is going to be incredibly valuable as teams start trying to rebuild on the fly.

While the 2020 MLB draft class is small, Tigers General Manager (GM) Al Avila, made the most of it, coming away with some incredible choices. The hope is that Avila can follow the 2020 MLB draft up with more success during the 2021 draft to boost the rebuild even further.

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As the 2020 MLB postseason pushes on, the Detroit Tigers can find some temporary solace, knowing they will have another top draft pick in the 2021 MLB Draft.