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Detroit Tigers MLB Draft: Notable 18th-overall picks in last 10 years

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Apr 7, 2017; Detroit, MI, USA; General view of Tiger outside Comerica Park prior to the game between the Detroit Tigers and the Boston Red Sox. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 7, 2017; Detroit, MI, USA; General view of Tiger outside Comerica Park prior to the game between the Detroit Tigers and the Boston Red Sox. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports /
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May 9, 2017; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander throws in the second inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports /

Detroit Tigers fans will see the team take a player in the first round on Monday night during the MLB Draft. The Tigers’ first pick comes at 18th overall. Here’s a look at players previously taken 18th.

Detroit Tigers first-round picks this century have generally helped the team in one way or another.

There’s the likes of Justin Verlander (2004), Rick Porcello (2007) and Nicholas Castellanos (2010) who developed into key performers for the franchise.

Meanwhile, some first-round picks were used to make key trades.

Cameron Maybin (2005) and Andrew Miller (2006) were both flipped to Florida in the Miguel Cabrera deal. Meanwhile, Jacob Turner (2009) and Chance Ruffin (2010) were moved in trades for Anibal Sanchez and Omar Infante, as well as Doug Fister.

This year’s first-round pick is more likely to fall into the latter category.

It obviously isn’t a guarantee that any player the Tigers select will develop into a star, or even an impact player, but there’s plenty of potential to be found in the first round.

Additionally, the Detroit Tigers are building the organization with an eye on the future, so it’s unlikely any first-rounder would be traded before he reaches the big leagues.

Some of the players selected 18th overall in the last 10 years have turned out just fine.

Here’s a look.

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