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

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Mar 29, 2015; Clearwater, FL, USA; A general view of a Detroit Tigers hat, glove and sunglasses in the dugout against the Philadelphia Phillies at Bright House Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports /

John Schreiber

Round Drafted: 15th
Position: Relief Pitcher

It is still very early in the process in the grand scheme of things, but Al Avila and company have done a solid job of adding some solid relievers to the Detroit Tigers system.

The likes of Ecker, Garcia and Houston all show promise. While John Schreiber didn’t post prolific strikeout numbers like the aforementioned group, he did display a knack for recording outs.

In 29.1 innings split over 18 appearances, the right-handed reliever posted a 2.76 ERA and a 1.091 WHIP. He struck out 24 while limiting the opposition to just nine walks—or 2.8 per nine frames.

Will Savage

Round Drafted: 16th
Position: Second Baseman

Detroit Tigers front office members opted to bolster the organization’s middle infield depth by selecting Will Savage out of Columbia University.

The second baseman only hit .200 in his first season in the minors. In the 47 games spent with the Connecticut Tigers, the 21-year-old collected 26 runs scored, 21 RBI, 15 stolen bases, two home runs and two triples.

Despite the low batting average, Savage did draw an encouraging number of walks, with 23 free passes.

Brandyn Sittinger

Round Drafted: 17th
Position: Relief Pitcher

Another reliever, another quality stat line for the Detroit Tigers.

In 20.2 innings spread across three minor league affiliates, the right-handed Sittinger pitched to a 1.74 ERA and 24 strikeouts.

The former Ashland pitcher also walked just nine batters while reaching Lakeland in his first professional season.