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Detroit Tigers: Best draft picks by Round in team history

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DETROIT, MI - OCTOBER 13: Justin Verlander #35 of the Detroit Tigers throws a pitch against the Detroit Tigers in the first inning of Game Five of the American League Championship Series at Comerica Park on October 13, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI - OCTOBER 13: Justin Verlander #35 of the Detroit Tigers throws a pitch against the Detroit Tigers in the first inning of Game Five of the American League Championship Series at Comerica Park on October 13, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images) /
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DETROIT, MI – OCTOBER 13: Justin Verlander #35 of the Detroit Tigers throws a pitch against the Detroit Tigers in the first inning of Game Five of the American League Championship Series at Comerica Park on October 13, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images) /

The Detroit Tigers have the first overall pick in the 2018 MLB Draft. However, many of the best players in team history weren’t picked in the first round.

The Detroit Tigers have a storied franchise history. The draft has been a big part of their success, with multiple Hall of Famers, All-Stars, Cy Young Winners, and MVP’s all joining the Tigers via the draft.

June 4-6 the Tigers will select forty more players, with the hopes that some of them will become successful big leaguers in the Motor City. While the focus will be on the first pick (number one overall) teams have often found their greatest treasures later on in the draft.

The same can be said of the Detroit Tigers. A few of the greatest players in franchise history were taken outside of the first round. Below is a round-by-round look at the best players the Tigers have selected, from a Hall of Famer in the second round to a Hall of Famer taken (and traded) in the 22nd.

Amazingly, out of 50 rounds the Detroit Tigers only have three rounds where no one that they selected ever made it to the major leagues. Here’s a look at how the Tigers have done, round-by-round:

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