Detroit Tigers
Draft History
no protection
2 - J.P. Crawford
30A - Amir Garrett
32 - Richard Urena
92 - Tanner Scott
119 - Gabriel Moya

Michael Fulmer - protection
4 - A.J. Reed
76 - Jake Thompson
96 - JaCoby Jones
Matt Boyd - protection
3 - Kyle Schwarber
33 - Jorge Lopez
63 - Darnell Sweeney
93 - Chris Rusin
123 - Alex Meyer

Steven Moya - protection
4 - Daniel Norris
14 - Kennys Vargas
38 - Rafael Montero
57 - Robbie Ray
60 - James Jones
66 - Efren Navarro
104 - Hector Noesi

Nick Castellanos - protection
2 - Mike Zunino
27 - Jake Marisnik
32 - Allen Webster
62 - Danny Valencia
92 - Chad Bettis
108 - Jose Dominguez

Avisail Garcia - protection
20 - Dan Straily
22 - Darin Ruf
82 - Will Smith
89 - Casey Crosby
110 - Esmel Rogers
120 - Mike Nickeas

Jacob Turner - protection
68 - Ezequiel Carrera
95 - Brett Pill
114 - Aneury Rodriguez
144 - Jeremy Moore

Austin Jackson - protection
57 - Miguel Cairo
87 - Mark Grudzeilanek
92 - Jason Repko
117 - Luis Atilano
147 - Ronnie Belliard

Rick Porcello - protection
50 - Kenshin Kawakami
110 - Lance Cormier
124 - Darnell McDonald
140 - Chris Jakubauskas

Armando Galarraga - protection
75 - Ramon Santiago
79 - Craig Breslow
109 - Roy Corcoran
130 - Aquilino Lopez
139 - Cody Ransom

Cameron Maybin - protection
41 - Dustin Moseley
74 - Augie Ojeda
106 - Delwyn Young

Joel Zumaya - protection
2 - Howie Kendrick
53 - Carlos Marmol
65 - Joe Biemel
113 - Bryan Corey
130 - Raul Chavez

Justin Verlander - protection
7 - J.J. Hardy
67 - Omar Quintanilla

73 - Dana Eveland
137 - Chris Widger

Curtis Granderson - protection
2 - Casey Kotchman
32 - J.D. Durbin
62 - Jairo Garcia
63 - Val Majewski
74 - Brendan Harris
87 - Andres Blanco
131 - Ray Lankford

Jeremy Bonderman - protection
10 - Chad Gaudin
40 - Kevin Correia
70 - Jeremy Griffiths
87 - Danny Garcia
95 - Edwards Guzman
100 - Noah Lowry
136 - Nick Punto

Mike Maroth - protection
19 - Aaron Cook
21 - Colby Lewis
44 - Alexis Gomez
67 - Jason Romano
82 - Corey Thurman
97 - Tony Torcato

Victor Santos - protection
15 - Dave Coggin
29 - Craig Wilson
64 - Brandon Inge
93 - Tike Redman
101 - Brian Roberts

23 - Ray King
30 - Tony McKnight
102 - Derrick Turnbow
105 - Clay Bellinger
132 - Charles Nagy
Team Pages
Past Owners:
Formerly the California Angels ('89-'01)
Ryan Covey 1994-2002
Ian Moore 1989-1993

Overall Record
Win Loss Pct
2148 2669 .446
Est. 1989
Owner: Brian Bimberg - 2003
AL Wild Card
Tigers 1st/2nd trimester Instruction sheet
Detroit Tigers Award winners

Cy Young Award winner
2012 - Justin Verlander

Fireman Relief Award
2009 - Mariano Rivera

Silver Sluggers
2013 - Howie Kendrick - 2B
2012 - Alfonzo Soriano - OF
2009 - Curtis Granderson - OF
2001 - Sammy Sosa - OF
Detroit Tigers

2017: 60-100, 5th in AL Central, Draft Position 2

Overview: As Kali asked Eleven, “Where’s the fun if there is no risk?” Drafting in fantasy league baseball can be fun, but that could be because of the risk. For example, spending the 4th pick on AJ Reed. I thought this guy would be good but he seems to have fallen off the face of the earth despite leading the Pacific Coast League in home runs last year. Maybe no news is good news and he is poised to push Yuli Gurriel off first (which would help this Detroit against Tampa). At least he was not suspended for substance abuse. But it raises the question: how much can we really expect the draft to help? ( just published an article about AJ Reed for subscribers. I am not a subscriber so I do not know what it says).

What Detroit did not do through the draft, they may have done with trades by grabbing Lucas Giolito. He could anchor a young rotation with Robbie Ray, Jake Thompson, Michael Fulmer, Rick Porcello (who is only 29) and Daniel Norrie (who evidently still lives in a van). That could shape up to be a dominant rotation for many years.

Their offense is also quite young. They have a young outfield with potential in Michael Taylor, Kyle Schwarber and Avisail Garcia with Marisnick and JaCoby Jones hanging around. Nicholas Castellanos and Mike Zunino should hold down third and catcher for a while. Where they need help is second and short because the double play combo of JJ Hardy and Jed Lowrie will not be around forever. But that can be fixed. But what this team needs is some big power. This is why it made sense for them to take Reed and maybe he will still show up. It will be interesting to see who Detroit takes #2 this year.

Starting Rotation: Rick Porcello won the Cy Young in 2016 and I do not think there is a reason why he could not rebound. He gives up a bunch of home runs. But that may not matter because Robbie Ray and Michael Fulmer are an elite 1-2 combination. They are going to come into some parks and surprise some people. Lucas Giolito and Alex Meyer can combine to fill the 4 spot. Norris and others can fill it out. This rotation will win some games if . . .

Bullpen: . . . Detroit can find a bullpen. Chris Rusin is quite good and has all the symbols except the ‘closer’ rating. So no coffee. After that is Brett Cecil. Then, I guess Thompson and Norris when they are not starting. Given where Detroit is, I am not sure how much should be spent on a bullpen. But it needs something to get through the season.

Starting Lineup: I am not sure who in this line-up really scares you. Jed Lowrie and Avisail Garcia can get on base and Howie Kendrick has a nice batting average. Suzuki, Taylor and Schwarber can hit for power but do not really get on base versus rhp. Kendrys Morales is a liability versus rhp but maybe he can platoon with Vargas. JJ Hardy needs help at shortstop. This line-up should score some runs to help out the starters. It is competent, it should be fun to play and keep the team in games. But it is not that scary.

Defense and Speed: The defense looks pretty mediocre across the board. Taylor will help in center and Lowrie is a liability at second but Kendrick could play there (though he is only about half-time). But the rest of it is decent. Taylor and Kendrick should be able to steal some bases.

Surplus/Deficiencies: The team does need help at shortstop. They should be able to platoon Vargas and Morales at first. Then Marisnick, Lowrie and Kendrick can form a dh/2nd baseman in a variety of ways. But if Lowrie is going to dh substantially, Detroit may want to trade him for a bat. Detroit has a surplus of interesting pitchers to move and maybe should shop them around and see who bites. But they are going to have to come up with a bullpen.

Outlook: As I suggested for the Rays, these two teams should compete this year for 3 and 4. If Detroit gets a bullpen and maybe improves the fifth starter, then it may move in front of the Rays. Long term, it will be interesting to see which of these teams can have their youngsters come together to challenge in the division. If Giolito pitches as he is capable and Porcello rebounds, Detroit could be right back in the hunt for an AL Central title.
Tigers 3rd trimester Instruction sheet