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just glancing at the baseball reference charts...and this can't be anything to rely on with players who still project to be decent MLB players like Castellanos (his bat anyway) but the number or positive WAR numbers I see in our drafts since 2009 is pretty durn low.

2009 Detroit Tigers Picks in the MLB June Amateur Draft | Baseball-Reference.com

examples 2009

Jacob Turner is -war

Daniel Fields also -

2010

Castellanos (still) -

Smiley (large) positive

Holaday positive (barely)

2011

McCann positive

Tyler Collins -

Casali positive (for Tampa)

2012

Verhagen positive

Devon Travis positive (for Toronto)

2013

Knebel positive (for tex and milwaukee)

Farmer -

2014 and 2015

none have played in MLB yet.

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I'd caution against looking at WAR numbers too much when looking at players selected in the past five drafts.

A guy who was 18 when drafted 5 years ago is now 23 and could be very close on breaking through to being a solid MLB regular, whereas a guy who was 22 when drafted and has accumulated some WAR might have hit his ceiling as a 4th OF or utility player and is 27 now.

Specific to the Tigers drafts, Castellanos and Travis could fit the profile as young guys right now on the verge of being a solid regular. Time will tell. Also remember most picks do not make the major leagues.

Edited by Mr. Bigglesworth

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WAR....unh...what is it good for?

Draft Carter Kieboom HS 3b from Marietta, GA. Don't know if he warrants being drafted that high...but the thought of yelling "Kieeeeeeeeboom!!" when he hits a HR is very appealing

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WAR....unh...what is it good for?

Draft Carter Kieboom HS 3b from Marietta, GA. Don't know if he warrants being drafted that high...but the thought of yelling "Kieeeeeeeeboom!!" when he hits a HR is very appealing

If this was our drafting criteria it might eliminate our angst at not picking high enough. We'd be able to laugh at the other MLB teams who worry about getting value when we were getting style points for having the best player names. We'd just say...even though our MLB team is populated exclusively with expensive FA, our MILB teams are loaded with friends and family, people with names like Pankake, Lipshitz and Kieboom and those whose physicals skills are hampered by medical oddities.

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Charlie Furbush.

which was both a funny name and a medical oddity for a male player.

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The main thing isn't so much if the guy pans out, it's the fact that it's an asset that other teams may think will pan out. Teams always overvalue prospects. So even if this guy doesn't pan out, the fact that it's another trade chip is big. Just look at Maybin, Miller, Turner etc. for us.

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