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

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Oct 5, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers fans and hold up signs against the Baltimore Orioles during game three of the 2014 ALDS baseball playoff game at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports /

Joe Navilhon

Round Drafted: 21st
Position: Relief Pitcher

If early results are anything to go by, the Detroit Tigers may have just unearthed a diamond in the rough.

Over the span of 26.1 innings for Connecticut, the right-hander posted a sparkling 0.34 ERA while striking out 29.

Navilhon walked just seven batters as his WHIP sat at a solid 1.101.

Burris Warner

Round Drafted: 22nd
Position: Relief Pitcher

While Warner didn’t quite post the gaudy numbers that the likes of Navilhon and Ecker did, the right-hander turned in a solid debut campaign.

Reaching Lakeland after a stop in the Gulf Coast League, Warner pitched to a 3.43 ERA and 20 strikeouts in 21 innings. He walked 11 batters while finishing seven ball games. The Marshall product was much more productive in the Gulf Coast League, where his ERA was 0.69.

Bryan Torres

Round Drafted: 23rd
Position: Catcher

Avila and company added more catching depth in the 23rd-round, picking up backstop Bryan Torres.

A product of the Carlos Beltran Baseball Academy, Torres batted 0.55 in 24 games in the Gulf Coast League. Unlike many of Detroit’s draft picks, Torres isn’t coming straight from college. In other words, he’ll have more years to develop.

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