Detroit Tigers: Recapping Every 2016 Draftee’s First Professional Season

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Apr 8, 2016; Detroit, MI, USA; General view during the national anthem prior to the game between the Detroit Tigers and the New York Yankees at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports /

Hunter Swilling

Round Drafted: 29th
Position: Third Baseman

Predominantly a third baseman, the 21-year-old collected 19 hits in 29 contests for Connecticut. In addition, he also added 13 runs scored, eight RBI, three doubles and a home run.

Swilling also started a game at second base. Having defensive flexibility will certainly help any prospect’s chances moving forward.

Dalton Lundeen

Round Drafted: 30th
Position: Relief Pitcher

One of consecutive players with the first name of “Dalton” selected by the Detroit Tigers, Lundeen saw action in 13 games for the Tigers West team in the Gulf Coast League.

The 23-year-old posted a 6.12 ERA and 6.5 strikeouts per nine innings. He also collected a save.

Dalton Britt

Round Drafted: 31st
Position: Infielder

Britt, like Lundeen, also spent his first professional season playing in the Gulf Coast League.

The 22-year-old showed promise at the plate with a .271 batting average and a .340 on-base percentage. It’s obviously early, but the infielder’s ability to draw walks will serve him well as he looks to climb Detroit’s system.

In 28 games played, the left-handed hitter saw action at shortstop, third base and second base.

Geraldo Gonzalez

Round Drafted: 34th
Position: Infielder

Rounding out the Detroit Tigers list of draft picks to sign is Geraldo Gonzalez. The 17-year-old debuted in the Gulf Coast League, batting .194 with a .299 on-base percentage.

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He also added 13 runs scored, five RBI, two stolen bases and a double in 67 at-bats.