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

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Evan Hill

Round Drafted: 24th
Position: Relief Pitcher

Another reliever with solid numbers in his first season, Hill made it to Connecticut after spending time in the Gulf Coast League.

The Mount Pleasant native and The University of Michigan graduate notched a 2.62 ERA and 20 strikeouts over his first 24 professional innings.

Walks were somewhat of an issue as the left-hander handed out 13 free passes, seeing his WHIP rise to 1.458 in the process.

John Hayes

Round Drafted: 25th
Position: Relief Pitcher

Stop me if you’ve heard this before, a Detroit Tigers 2016 draftee who pitches in relief posted solid numbers.

Hayes, like many of his fellow draftees, showed a knack for getting batters out as a reliever. Over the span of 25 innings, the 6’6” right-hander logged a 1.80 ERA.

The reliever didn’t strike out too many batters (5.8 punch outs per nine frames), but his ability to get batters out was encouraging.

Colyn O’Connell

Round Drafted: 26th
Position: Relief Pitcher

A former 19th-round pick of Cleveland during the 2012 draft, O’Connell fell to Detroit in the 26th round.

The 23-year-old turned in a respectable debut season, with a 3.90 ERA in 30 relief innings. Pitching in the Gulf Coast League, the reliever struck out 28 batters while walking 12.

Chad Sedio

Round Drafted: 27th
Position: Shortstop

Initially drafted a shortstop, Chad Sedio also aw time at second base in his debut season.

In 50 games, which included stops in the Gulf Coast and New York-Penn leagues, the right-handed batter displayed promising pop for a middle-infielder.

Sedio collected 31 RBI, 11 doubles, five triples and a pair of home runs in just 177 at-bats.  The 22-year-old also stole nine bases.

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