List of Detroit Tigers first-round draft picks

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Justin Verlander (2004) is the only first-round pick of the Detroit Tigers to win the Rookie of the Year award.

The Detroit Tigers are a Major League Baseball (MLB) franchise based in Detroit, Michigan. They play in the American League Central division. Since the institution of MLB's Rule 4 Draft, the Tigers have selected 56 players in the first round. Officially known as the "First-Year Player Draft",[1] the Rule 4 Draft is MLB's primary mechanism for assigning players from high schools, colleges, and other amateur clubs to its franchises. The draft order is determined based on the previous season's standings, with the team possessing the worst record receiving the first pick.[1] In addition, teams which lost free agents in the previous off-season may be awarded compensatory or supplementary picks.[2]

Of the 56 players picked in the first round by Detroit, 27 have been pitchers, the most of any position; 22 of these were right-handed, while 5 were left-handed. Tenoutfielders were selected, while five shortstops, five catchers, three first basemen, three third basemen and one second baseman were taken as well.[3] One additional player, Lance Parrish (1974), was drafted as an infielder but ultimately spent the majority of his Major League career at catcher.[3][4] Twelve of the players came from high schools or universities in the state of California, followed by Texas with eight players. The Tigers have also drafted five players from their home state of Michigan.[3]

Two of the Tigers' first-round picks have won championships with the franchise. Parrish and Kirk Gibson (1978) won a World Series title on the 1984 championship team.[4][5] Justin Verlander (2004) is the only first-round pick of the Tigers to win the Rookie of the Year Award, taking the honor in 2006.[6] None of their first-round picks have been elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame. Justin Verlander became the first player who was drafted in the 1st round of the draft to win the Most Valuable Player award while still with the tigers for the 2011 season. Gibson won the MVP award in his first year with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1988.[5]

The Tigers have made nine selections in the supplemental round of the draft and have made the first overall selection once (1997).[3][7] They have also had eight compensatory picks since the institution of the First-Year Player Draft in 1965.[3] These additional picks are provided when a team loses a particularly valuable free agent in the previous off-season,[2][8][V] or, more recently, if a team fails to sign a draft pick from the previous year.[9] The Tigers failed to sign their 1966 first-round pick, Rick Konik, but they received no compensatory pick.[10]

Key[edit]

Year Each year links to an article about that year's Major League Baseball Draft.
Position Indicates the secondary/collegiate position at which the player was drafted, rather than the professional position the player may have gone on to play
Pick Indicates the number of the pick
* Player did not sign with the Tigers
§ Indicates a supplemental pick
'84 Player was a member of the Tigers' 1984 championship team

Picks[edit]

An older man standing in a baseball dugout wearing a grey uniform with "DETROIT" on the chest.
Gene Lamont (1965) was the Tigers' first ever selection in the First Year Player Draft.
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Jerry Manuel (1972) was one of twelve players taken by the Tigers in the first round from California.
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Kirk Gibson (1978) won a World Series with the Tigers in 1984.
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Seth Greisinger (1996) was one of six straight right-handed pitchers taken by the Tigers in the first round from 1994 to 1998.
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Cameron Maybin (2005) was one of three first-round draft picks of the Tigers taken from North Carolina from 2003 to 2006.
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Rick Porcello was taken with the 27th pick of the 2007 draft, the deepest first-round non-compensatory selection the Tigers have ever made.
Year Name Position School (Location) Pick Ref
1965 Lamont, GeneGene Lamont Catcher Hiawatha High School
(Kirkland, Illinois)
13 [11]
1966 Konik, RickRick Konik* First baseman St. Andrews High School
(Detroit, Michigan)
14 [12]
1967 Foor, JimJim Foor Left-handed pitcher McCluer High School
(Florissant, Missouri)
15 [13]
1968 Robinson, RobertRobert Robinson Outfielder Thomas Dale High School
(Chester, Virginia)
18 [14]
1969 Young, JohnJohn Young First baseman Enterprise High School
(Redding, California)
19 [15]
1970 Mappin, TerryTerry Mappin Catcher Durrett High School
(Louisville, Kentucky)
20 [16]
1971 Veryzer, TomTom Veryzer Shortstop Islip High School
(Islip, New York)
11 [17]
1972 Manuel, JerryJerry Manuel Shortstop Cordova High School
(Rancho Cordova, California)
20 [18]
1973 Bates, CharlesCharles Bates Third baseman California State University, Los Angeles
(Los Angeles, California)
19 [19]
1974 Parrish, LanceLance Parrish'84 Infielder Walnut High School
(Walnut, California)
16 [20]
1975 Filkins, LesLes Filkins Outfielder George Washington High School
(Chicago)
3 [21]
1976 Underwood, PatPat Underwood Left-handed pitcher Kokomo High School
(Kokomo, Indiana)
2 [22]
1977 Richards, KevinKevin Richards Right-handed pitcher Roosevelt High School
(Wyandotte, Michigan)
5 [23]
1978 Gibson, KirkKirk Gibson'84 Outfielder Michigan State University
(East Lansing, Michigan)
12 [24]
1979 Leach, RickRick Leach Outfielder University of Michigan
(Ann Arbor, Michigan)
13 [25]
1979 Baker, ChrisChris Baker Outfielder Livonia Franklin High School
(Dearborn Heights, Michigan)
23[a] [25]
1980 Wilson, GlennGlenn Wilson Third baseman Sam Houston State University
(Huntsville, Texas)
18 [26]
1981 Barlow, RickyRicky Barlow Right-handed pitcher Woodville High School
(Woodville, Texas)
17 [27]
1982 Monteleone, RichRich Monteleone Right-handed pitcher Tampa Catholic High School
(Tampa, Florida)
20 [28]
1983 Dotson, WayneWayne Dotson Right-handed pitcher Estacado High School
(Lubbock, Texas)
15 [29]
1984 no first-round pick[b] [3]
1985 Nosek, RandyRandy Nosek Right-handed pitcher Chillicothe High School
(Chillicothe, Missouri)
26 [30]
1986 Clark, PhilPhil Clark Catcher Crockett High School
(Crockett, Texas)
18 [31]
1987 Henderson, BillBill Henderson Catcher Westminster Christian High School
(Miami, Florida)
20[c] [32]
1987 Pegues, SteveSteve Pegues Outfielder Pontotoc High School
(Pontotoc, Mississippi)
21 [32]
1987 Fryman, TravisTravis Fryman Shortstop Gonzalez Tate High School
(Pensacola, Florida)
30§[d] [32]
1988 Brogna, RicoRico Brogna First baseman Watertown High School
(Watertown, Connecticut)
26 [33]
1989 Gohr, GregGreg Gohr Right-handed pitcher Santa Clara University
(Santa Clara, California)
21 [34]
1990 Clark, TonyTony Clark Outfielder Christian High School
(El Cajon, California)
2 [35]
1991 Thompson, JustinJustin Thompson Left-handed pitcher Klein Oak High School
(Spring, Texas)
32§[e] [36]
1991 Miller, TreverTrever Miller Left-handed pitcher Trinity High School
(St. Matthews, Kentucky)
41§[f] [36]
1992 Greene, RickRick Greene Right-handed pitcher Louisiana State University
(Baton Rouge, Louisiana)
16 [37]
1993 Brunson, MattMatt Brunson Shortstop Cherry Creek High School
(Englewood, Colorado)
9 [38]
1994 Gaspar, CaleCale Gaspar Right-handed pitcher Pepperdine University
(Malibu, California)
18 [39]
1995 Drumright, MikeMike Drumright Right-handed pitcher Wichita State University
(Wichita, Kansas)
11 [40]
1996 Greisinger, SethSeth Greisinger Right-handed pitcher University of Virginia
(Charlottesville, Virginia)
6 [41]
1997 Anderson, MattMatt Anderson Right-handed pitcher Rice University
(Houston, Texas)
1 [42]
1998 Weaver, JeffJeff Weaver Right-handed pitcher California State University, Fresno
(Fresno, California)
14 [43]
1998 Cornejo, NateNate Cornejo Right-handed pitcher Wellington High School
(Wellington, Kansas)
34§[g] [43]
1999 Munson, EricEric Munson Catcher University of Southern California
(Los Angeles, California)
3 [44]
2000 Wheatland, MatthewMatthew Wheatland Right-handed pitcher Rancho Bernardo High School
(San Diego, California)
8 [45]
2001 Baugh, KennyKenny Baugh Right-handed pitcher Rice University
(Houston, Texas)
11 [46]
2001 Woods, MikeMike Woods Second baseman Southern University
(Baton Rouge, Louisiana)
32§[h] [46]
2002 Moore, ScottScott Moore Shortstop Cypress High School
(Cypress, California)
8 [47]
2003 Sleeth, KyleKyle Sleeth Right-handed pitcher Wake Forest University
(Winston-Salem, North Carolina)
21 [48]
2004 Verlander, JustinJustin Verlander Right-handed pitcher Old Dominion University
(Norfolk, Virginia)
2 [49]
2005 Maybin, CameronCameron Maybin Outfielder T.C. Roberson High School
(Arden, North Carolina)
10 [50]
2006 Miller, AndrewAndrew Miller Left-handed pitcher University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
(Chapel Hill, North Carolina)
6 [51]
2007 Porcello, RickRick Porcello Right-handed pitcher Seton Hall Prep High School
(West Orange, New Jersey)
27 [52]
2007 Hamilton, BrandonBrandon Hamilton Outfielder Lexington Catholic High School
(Lexington, Kentucky)
60§[i] [52]
2008 Perry, RyanRyan Perry Right-handed pitcher University of Arizona
(Tucson, Arizona)
21 [53]
2009 Turner, JacobJacob Turner Right-handed pitcher Westminster Christian Academy
(St. Louis, Missouri)
9 [54]
2010 Castellanos, NickNick Castellanos Third baseman Archbishop McCarthy High School
(Southwest Ranches, Florida)
44§[j] [55]
2010 Jackson, LukeLuke Jackson Right-handed pitcher Calvary Christian High School
(Fort Lauderdale, Florida)
45§[k] [55]
2010 Ruffin, ChanceChance Ruffin Right-handed pitcher The University of Texas at Austin
(Austin, Texas)
48§[l] [55]
2011 no first-round pick[m] [3]
2012 no first-round pick[n] [3]
2013 Crawford, JonathonJonathon Crawford Right-handed pitcher University of Florida
(Gainesville, Florida)
10 [56]
2014 Hill, DerekDerek Hill Outfielder Elk Grove High School
(Elk Grove, California)
23 [57]

See also[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  • V Free agents are evaluated by the Elias Sports Bureau and rated "Type A", "Type B", or not compensation-eligible. If a team offers arbitration to a player but that player refuses and subsequently signs with another team, the original team may receive additional draft picks. If a "Type A" free agent leaves in this way his previous team receives a supplemental pick and a compensation pick from the team with which he signs. If a "Type B" free agent leaves in this way his previous team receives only a supplemental pick.[9]
  • a The Tigers gained a compensatory first-round pick in 1979 from the Milwaukee Brewers as compensation for losing free agent Jim Slaton.[25]
  • b The Tigers lost their first-round pick in 1984 to the San Francisco Giants as compensation for signing free agent Darrell Evans.[58]
  • c The Tigers gained a compensatory first-round pick in 1987 from the Philadelphia Phillies for losing free agent Lance Parrish.[32]
  • d The Tigers gained a supplemental first-round pick in 1987 for losing free agent Lance Parrish.[32]
  • e The Tigers lost their initial first-round pick in 1991 to the Milwaukee Brewers for signing free agent Rob Deer and gained a supplemental first-round pick for losing free agent Jack Morris.[36]
  • f The Tigers gained a supplemental first-round pick in 1991 for losing free agent Mike Heath.[36]
  • g The Tigers gained a supplemental first-round pick in 1998 for losing free agent Willie Blair.[43]
  • h The Tigers gained a supplemental first-round pick in 2001 for losing free agent Juan González.[46]
  • i The Tigers gained a supplemental first-round pick in 2007 for losing free agent Jamie Walker.[52]
  • j The Tigers lost their initial first-round pick in 2010 to the Houston Astros for signing free agent José Valverde and gained a supplemental first-round pick for losing free agent Brandon Lyon.[55]
  • k The Tigers gained a supplemental first-round pick in 2010 for losing free agent Iván Rodríguez.[55]
  • l The Tigers gained a supplemental first-round pick in 2010 for losing free agent Fernando Rodney.[55]
  • m The Tigers lost their first-round pick in 2011 to the Boston Red Sox as compensation for signing free agent Víctor Martínez.[59]
  • n The Tigers lost their first-round pick in 2012 to the Milwaukee Brewers as compensation for signing free agent Prince Fielder.[60]

References[edit]

General references
In-text citations
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  5. ^ a b "Kirk Gibson Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved June 27, 2010. 
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