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

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October 4, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Detail view of a Detroit Tigers logo with autographs before game one of the American League divisional series playoff baseball game against the Oakland Athletics at Coliseum. The Tigers defeated Athletics 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports /

Daniel Woodrow

Round Drafted: 12th
Position: Outfielder

It is still early, but Woodrow showed some solid on-base skills in his first taste of professional baseball. The 12th-round pick hit .297 while posting a .363 on-base percentage in 54 games split between the Gulf Coast League and the New York-Penn League.

In addition, the outfielder also chipped in with 13 stolen bases while also adding  31 runs scored, 22 RBI, 12 doubles, two sacrifice hits and a triple.

Detroit has a number of promising outfield prospects in Stewart, Gerber, Hill and Jose Azocar, but if Woodrow can continue to reach base at a high rate, he has a chance to contribute in the Majors.

Brady Policelli

Round Drafted: 13th
Position: Catcher

A Towson product, Policelli hit just .195 in his first professional season. His on-base percentage sat at .271 in 26 games.

Despite the low offensive numbers, the backstop did only register 77 at-bats in 26 games. With more game time next season, there’s a chance his numbers will improve. Policelli threw out 22% of would-be base stealers.

Austin Athmann

Round Drafted: 14th
Position: Catcher

Another catcher taken by Detroit in the middle rounds of the draft, Athmann turned in a productive season at the plate.

Across 40 games, the Minnesota native hit .276 with a solid .338 on-base percentage. The catcher also produced 24 runs scored, 17 RBI, nine doubles, two home runs and a triple.

With John Hicks, Grayson Greiner and Arvicent Perez serving as some of Detroit’s most prominent catching depth, there’s room for Athmann and Policelli to advance in the system.