Detroit Tigers: 3 things to learn from the Orioles rebuild
Prospects. Prospects. Prospects. The Detroit Tigers need to draft deeper.
The Detroit Tigers once had a stable of prospects waiting to break through to the big leagues. While some of them have, and the best of the organization is in the big leagues now, the team is lacking some of that depth that other organizations have.
On the other hand, out east, the Baltimore Orioles have seen their former first overall draft pick settle into his own. They called up Adley Rutschman this year, who has settled in nicely behind the dish and looks like he will dominate for years to come.
They called up shortstop Gunnar Henderson who has been off to a good start as well, getting to make his big league debut. Another prospect who is going to be legit for the team moving forward. While I can sit here and detail which Orioles’ prospects are on the way to the big leagues, that’s not the point.
The important thing for the Tigers to note is the crop of prospects the Orioles have. The team is on the hunt for a new general manager, and this new regime needs to try and mimic this. While they have a lot of prospects that you can get excited about, there are not many guys who will vastly shake up the roster on their way to the big leagues.
The Orioles have secured some of the best talents with their draft classes. Even after losing Nolan McLean, who opted to go back to school, it freed up slot money to sign Carter Young, who they drafted in the late rounds.
The Orioles appear to be excelling at being able to hit on late-round draft picks. At a minimum, they are stacking the farm with promising talent by piecing together some incredibly deep draft classes.
The Orioles are building a farm for the future, and the Tigers need to learn from this. The Tigers’ new regime should look to draft deeper in the coming years. But it does not stop there. Making effective transactions is another thing the Orioles do well, leading me to reason number two.