Detroit Tigers: Top 5 Futures Game Alumni

Detroit Tigers prospect Riley Greene, pictured during instructional league play in Lakeland, Florida, shakes hands with Spencer Torkelson.
Detroit Tigers prospect Riley Greene, pictured during instructional league play in Lakeland, Florida, shakes hands with Spencer Torkelson. /
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DETROIT, MI – OCTOBER 16: Justin Verlander #35 of the Detroit Tigers throws a pitch against the New York Yankees during game three of the American League Championship Series at Comerica Park on October 16, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) /

Coming in at the top spot on this list is future Hall of Famer Justin Verlander, who represented Team USA in 2005.

Starting Pitcher Justin Verlander coming in at Number 1 on this list should come as a surprise to no one. A quick rundown of his accolades includes Rookie of the Year, two Cy Young awards, an MVP award, and eight All-Star Nominations, along with 226 wins and a 3.33 career ERA. Verlander has been one of the best pitchers of this era and was the man in Detroit for many years. He played 13 seasons in Detroit, making the playoffs five times, including two runs to the World Series. He will always be remembered for two electric Game Five performances against the Oakland Athletics, proving himself to be the best pitcher in baseball at the time by shutting them out of the playoffs in back-to-back years.

In his Futures Game performance, Verlander dominated by tossing a scoreless first inning, cementing himself as the future of the Detroit Tigers.

We all know what Justin Verlander has meant to the Detroit Tigers, so sit back and enjoy this video of Verlander being incredibly dominant in the final inning of his no-hitter against the Milwaukee Brewers.

There have been rumblings that he may return to Detroit, so a comeback could be in store for the former Detroit ace.

For now, let’s hope the young prospects pan out and Detroit baseball becomes competitive again.

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