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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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Apr 30, 2017; Detroit, MI, USA; A view of Comerica Park prior to the game of the Chicago White Sox against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports /

Notable prospects still developing

Blake Rutherford

Year drafted: 2016
Current franchise: New York Yankees
Minor League level: Single-A

After last season’s trade-deadline selloff that saw the Yankees move the likes of Andrew Miller, Carlos Beltran, Ivan Nova and Aroldis Chapman, it’s probably more than safe to say the team has a loaded farm system.

As of Monday morning, Rutherford ranks third, only behind Gleyber Torres and Clint Frazier, on MLB.com’s list of top Yankee prospects.

He’s currently hitting .280 with a .749 OPS for Single-A Charleston, and is a career .308 hitter in the minors.

Erick Fedde

Year drafted: 2014
Current franchise: Washington Nationals
Minor League level: Double-A

Erick Fedde may be the best pitching prospect left in the Washington Nationals’ system after the Adam Eaton trade in the offseason.

The Eaton deal, which saw Lucas Giolito, Reynaldo Lopez and Dane Dunning head to the Chicago White Sox, cleared the way for Fedde to rise to the top of the rankings.

MLB.com currently ranks him as Washington’s second-best prospect, and the 51st-best prospect in baseball.

Next: The Tigers have selected 18th in four previous drafts. Here's who they've taken

Fedde is currently in Double-A with the Harrisburg Senators. The right-hander owns a 3.04 ERA, a 1.118 WHIP and 8.6 strikeouts per nine innings for the Nationals’ minor league affiliate.

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