Detroit Tigers should sign top prospect Kevin Maitan

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A potentially significant boost to the farm system

Not only has Avila and the rest of the front office beefed up the Detroit Tigers’ farm system and considerably brightened the team’s future by adding prospects like Perez, Manning, Faedo, Paredes, and others through trades and the draft, but the executive vice president of baseball operations and general manager will have the chance to add another potential impact player for the future when the Tigers have the first-overall selection in the 2018 draft.

It could be Brady Singer, Faedo’s college teammate at Florida and fellow starting pitcher.

It could be a high school starter like Kumar Rocker or Ethan Hankins or it could be a position player prospect like shortstops Nick Madrigal or Brice Turang.

The pick could also be a player who jumps to the front of the queue after establishing himself as the top talent.

Whichever prospect the Detroit Tigers select, said prospect will improve the organization’s long-term outlook significantly.

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The Tigers’ farm system is on the rise as it is, but adding Maitan and a first-overall pick before next July—not to mention any prospects picked up in offseason trades—will only hasten Detroit’s return to the mountain top in baseball.