Detroit Tigers general manager Al Avila entered the 2016 draft armed with a protected lottery pick. Avila didn’t disappoint with the pick, taking a premium talent in high school starter Matt Manning.
Detroit Tigers fans are witnessing a change in philosophy.
Gone are the days of signing free agents to gaudy contracts. Also gone are the days of the Tigers trading away the team’s top minor league talent for Major League upgrades.
That paid dividends last season as the trio of rookie hurlers nearly propelled Detroit back to the playoffs.
Detroit’s roster will soon be strengthened by the arrival of a new wave of prospects. Joe Jimenez seems likely to debut at some point next year.
While those players represent the best prospects in the system following multiple years of additions, the 2016 draft class could deliver some prominent talent to Detroit’s Major League roster.
Here’s a look at how each 2016 Detroit Tigers draftee fared in their first professional season.