MLB Draft Lottery wreaks havoc on Detroit Tigers & AL Central.
The MLB Draft Lottery has come and gone as Winter Meetings are unfolding in Nashville, Tennessee. The draft lottery was held on Tuesday night when the Detroit Tigers found out that they hold the 11th pick in the 2024 MLB Draft.
The Detroit Tigers may not have cracked the top ten picks in the MLB Draft, but the rest of the American League (AL) Central had a bit of a surprise thrown their way. Especially after teams from Ohio stole the show on Lottery night with quite the coincidence of their own.
AL Central foe, the Cleveland Guardians, were lucky enough to walk away with the first overall pick in the 2024 MLB Draft. But, for the hopes of Tigers fans, they'll end up making a silly pick and helping the Tigers out in the long run, but time will tell.
But Ohio took a victory as a state when their other professional baseball team, the Cincinnati Reds, earned the no. 2 pick in the 2024 MLB Draft during the lottery, meaning they will follow up Cleveland's first overall pick by selecting Chase Burns. Again, we're only kidding, but the two Ohio teams were able to take home a bit of a victory on Monday night.
However, the draft lottery really was kind to the AL Central teams. Four out of the five teams are picking in the top 15 picks of the draft, and only the Twins are in the back half since they won the division and made the playoffs. They'll select 21st overall.
After that, Detroit is the next "lowest" pick at 11th overall in the 2024 MLB Draft. But after that, the other three teams in the AL Central are all in the top ten picks. With Cleveland snatching up the first overall pick, it leaves the Kansas City Royals and Chicago White Sox.
Chicago will pick fifth overall in the 2024 MLB Draft. Kansas City is slated to pick sixth overall. Realistically, this means that 50% of the first six MLB draft picks in this year's draft will be future players in the AL Central, barring any future trades.
It was quite the night for AL Central teams, even if the Tigers did not move up. This draft class may not have a Dylan Crews or a Paul Skenes, but that does not mean some serious talent is available. The AL Central will get a nice influx of talent with all of these high picks, that is for sure.