May 13, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Miami Marlins starter Jacob Turner (33) delivers a pitch against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
The Detroit Tigers have been one of the premiere teams in baseball for a few seasons now, appearing in the past three ALCS’ and capturing the 2102 AL Pennant. But as we all have tried to forget, the Tigers, for many years, were the laughing stock of baseball.
Why were they so bad for so long?
Well, it’s hard to build a team when you don’t have any money to spend and you can’t draft to save your life. Over the past decade, the Tigers have been among baseball’s worst at drafting. Many of theses players that were selected are no longer in the majors. But some are still kicking around, waiting for their second chance.
Sure, Justin Verlander, Rick Porcello, and Nick Castellanos have all been drafted by the Tigers and have found success but the rest of these guys haven’t had the greatest careers.
Some first rounders such as Kenny Baugh (2001) and Matthew Wheatland (2000) seem to have fallen off the earth as finding information about them was like trying to break into Fort Knox.
So let’s see what some of the Tigers past first rounders are up to…..