Detroit Tigers fans could conceivably see a number of trades in the offseason. In a perfect world, the Tigers will be able to add young position players via those trades.
Detroit Tigers general manager Al Avila did well at the trade deadline to beef up the team’s farm system.
Deals for Verlander, Martinez, Avila and Wilson netted the team a bevy position player prospects in Daz Cameron, Jake Rogers, Dawel Lugo, Jose King, Sergio Alcantara, Jeimer Candelario and Isaac Paredes.
While those players will certainly help the rebuild, more position players are needed.
All three have promising futures, but Stewart and Hill represent a bit of a rarity for the Tigers.
The duo were position players selected in the first-round of the draft.
Sure, you can find talent elsewhere—Gerber was a 15th-round selection, Martinez went in the 20th round.
However, the first round is where much of the impact talent in the draft is taken.
First-round picks through the years
In fact, since the turn of the century, the Tigers have selected just six non-pitchers in the first round.
The Tigers need to add young position players in the offseason, preferably players the team can build around.
Long term the likes of Candelario, Stewart, Paredes, Cameron and Rogers have the potential to be franchise building blocks.
However, not all prospects pan out, so some more options would be prudent.
With Paredes, Cameron, Rodgers and Hill still a few years away from debuting, Detroit could use more players like Candelario in terms of being closer to the Majors.
This is obviously easier said than done, but it’s what the Detroit Tigers should be doing.