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What does the future hold for #1 pick Casey Mize?  Hard to tell, but fans and management alike hope he can be a star for years to come.  Here's a look back at what happened to the Tigers' first overall picks in drafts of yore...

2017 - P Alex Faedo (#18).  A 6'5" power pitcher out of the University of Florida, Faedo is currently pitching for the single-A Lakeland Flying Tigers.  In 10 starts thus far this season, he is 1-4 with a 3.47 ERA, racking up 42 strikeouts over 49 1/3 innings pitched.

2016 - P Matt Manning (#9).  Another power pitcher, the 6'6" Manning was picked out of Sheldon High School in Sacramento, CA.  Currently pitching for the single-A West Michigan Whitecaps, he is 1-3 with a 4.29 ERA in 8 starts, striking out 56 batters over 35 2/3 innings pitched.

2015 - P Beau Burrows (#22).  Another high school pitcher, Burrows was selected out of Weatherford High School in Weatherford, TX.  Currently pitching for the double-A Erie SeaWolves, he is 5-4 with a 3.17 ERA in 10 starts, striking out 46 batters in 54 innings pitched.

2014 - OF Derek Hill (#23).  Selected out of Elk Grove High School in Elk Grove, CA, Hill is currently playing for the single-A Lakeland Flying Tigers.  Slow to climb through the team's minor league system, he is batting .248 with 3 home runs and 10 RBI in 38 games, pairing 19 walks with 40 strikeouts.

2013 - P Jonathon Crawford (#20).  Picked out of the University of Florida, Crawford has not pitched in 2018 after going 0-10 with a 7.19 ERA for the single-A Daytona Tortugas in the Cincinnati Reds organization.  He was traded to Cincinnati along with infielder Eugenio Suarez in exchange for pitcher Alfredo Simon following the 2014 season. He has yet to appear in the majors.

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2012 - P Jake Thompson (#91).  Not holding a pick until the second round, the 6'4" high school pitcher out of Texas is currently pitching for the AAA Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs in the Philadelphia Phillies system.  Never appearing in the majors with the Tigers, he was traded to the Texas Rangers along with pitcher Corey Knebel in exchange for reliever Joakim Soria. Later traded to the Phillies, he is 6-8 with a 5.05 ERA and 1 save in 24 major league games (18 of the starts) spread over three seasons.

2011 - C James McCann (#76).  Again drafting first in the second round, the Tigers took McCann out of the University of Arkansas.  He is currently the team's starting catcher, batting .248 with 36 home runs and 158 RBI in 380 total games since debuting as a September call-up in 2014.

2010 - 3B Nick Castellanos (#44).  Picked out of Archbishop McCarthy High School in Southwest Ranches, FL, Castellanos debuted as a September call-up in 2013 and has played for the team since, most recently being shifted to the outfield to accommodate Jeimer Candelario.  He has batted .273 with 76 home runs and 331 RBI in 638 major league games to date.

2009 - P Jacob Turner (#9). Selected out of a Missouri prep academy, the 6'5" Turner was a heavily hyped power pitcher who failed to realize his potential.  He went 1-2 with an 8.28 ERA in 6 starts for the Tigers before being traded to the Marlins with two other minor league players in exchange for infielder Omar Infante and pitcher Anibal Sanchez.  Overall, he is 14-30 with a 5.26 ERA in 101 major league games, 55 of them starts, with four different teams. He most recently appeared in four games for the 2018 Marlins.

2008 - P Ryan Perry (#21).  Picked out of the University of Arizona, Perry was yet another fireballing pitcher who failed to live up to hype.  Used exclusively as a reliever, he went 5-6 with a 4.07 ERA and 2 saves in three seasons for the Tigers before being traded to the Washington Nationals in exchange for fellow relieve Collin Balester in the 2011 off-season.  He made 7 appearances in Washington, pitching to a 10.13 ERA in his final major league action. He is currently out of baseball after being released from the Toledo Mud Hens on June 9, 2015, having signed a minor league contract with the Tigers before the season.

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2007 - P Rick Porcello (#27).  A prep pitcher out of New Jersey, Porcello went 76-63 with a 4.30 ERA in 291 games for the Tigers from 2009-2014.  After leading the majors with 3 complete games shutouts in 2014, he was traded to the Boston Red Sox in exchange for pitcher Alex Wilson and outfielder Yoenis Cespedes before the 2015 season.  He was the 2016 AL Cy Young Award winner with a record of 22-4 with the Red Sox, leading the majors in wins, but led the majors in losses the following year with 17. He is still a member of the Red Sox starting rotation.

2006 - P Andrew Miller (#6).  Picked out of the University of North Carolina, Miller was considered a bust until suddenly finding great success as a relief pitcher with the New York Yankees beginning in 2015.  He went 5-6 with a 5.69 ERA in 21 games with the Tigers (13 of the starts) before being included in the trade with the Marlins bringing Miguel Cabrera to Detroit. Miller continued to struggle as a starter with the Marlins and Red Sox before finding great success with the Yankees, becoming a two-time All-Star and in demand reliever.  He is currently with the Cleveland Indians, though he is on the disabled list.

2005 - OF Cameron Maybin (#10).  Selected out of TC Roberson High School in North Carolina, Maybin played in 24 games as a rookie for the Tigers in 2007, batting .143 with 1 home run and 2 RBI before being included in the aforementioned Miguel Cabrera deal.   Well traveled throughout the majors, he returned to the Tigers in an off-season deal in 2016, this time playing in 94 games and batting .315 while also spending significant time on the disabled list. Known for being frequently injured throughout his career, he was inexplicably shipped to the Angels in exchange for no-name minor league pitcher Victor Alcantara after the '16 season.  Currently in his second stint with the Marlins, he has a career batting average of .254 and earned a World Series ring with the Houston Astros in 2017.

2004 - P Justin Verlander (#2).  The best pitcher to wear a Tigers uniform in a generation, Verlander ranked among the game's elites and the team's all-time greats before being unceremoniously awarded to the Houston Astros in 2017 in a clear salary dump that penny-pinching team officials meekly claimed was not a salary dump (can you tell this is a sore spot?)

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2003 - P Kyle Sleeth (#3).  A 6'5" power pitcher (sensing a theme?) out of Wake Forest, Sleeth never made the majors with any team.  He never rose above the AA level, retiring after the 2007 season. He missed all of 2005 and part of 2006 after having Tommy John surgery, from which he never fully recovered.

2002 - SS Scott Moore (#8).  A high school infielder from Cypress, CA, Moore eventually made the major leagues with the 2006 Cubs, also appearing as a part-time player with the Orioles and Astros.  Moore was shipped to the Chicago Cubs before the 2005 season as part of a package of minor league players in exchange for reliever Kyle Farnsworth. He is currently out of baseball, having a career batting average of .242 with 16 home runs and 53 RBI in 152 total games.

2001 - P Kenny Baugh (#11).  A 6'4" power pitcher (of course) out of Rice University, Baugh never appeared in the majors with any team.  He made it as high as AAA with the Marlins, but was out of baseball after pitching in the independent Atlantic League in 2009.

2000 - P Matt Wheatland (#8).  A 6'5" power pitcher (surprise!) from San Diego, Wheatland never appeared in the majors with any team.   In fact, he never rose above A-ball. His last year was 2006, in the independent "Golden Baseball League", which has since folded.

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1999 - C Eric Munson (#3).  The Tigers drafted the power hitting catcher out of USC with the third overall pick, and he made his MLB debut in a cameo the next season.  He did not receive regular playing time until making the switch to third base in 2003, after which he was the team's regular third baseman for the 2004 season.  Overall, he batted a light .215 paired with 40 home runs and 111 RBI in 246 total games for Detroit.  He was released as a free agent after 2004 and finished his career with a 1 game appearance for the 2009 Oakland Athletics.

1998 - P Jeff Weaver (#14).  A 6'5" power pitcher (boy, it's getting old typing that), Weaver was drafted out of Fresno State University and made his MLB debut one year later.  Overall, he went 39-51 with a 4.33 ERA in 111 games for the Tigers before being flipped to the Yankees in 2002.  Weaver mixed periods of dominance with periods of immaturity while playing for the Tigers, eventually finishing his career with the 2010 Los Angeles Dodgers, ending up with 104 career wins.

1997 - P Matt Anderson (#1).  Fill in the blanks....6'4".  Power pitcher.  Anderson experienced initial success with the team as their new closer after establishing himself as an MLB pitcher, saving 22 games in 2001 before injuring his armpit in a 2002 bullpen session.  Never the same pitcher, he finished with a record of 15-7 with 26 saves in 245 games out of the Tigers bullpen, ending his career after an aborted comeback attempt with the 2005 Colorado Rockies.

1996 - P Seth Greisinger (#6).  Drafted out of the University of Virginia, Greisinger had a career beset by injuries.  Debuting as a 22-year-old in 1998, he went 6-9 with a 5.12 ERA in 21 starts before missing all of 1999, 2000, and 2001 with various arm injuries.  He returned to pitch 8 more games in 2002, this time going 2-2 with a 6.21 ERA.  After brief appearances with the Twins and Braves, he experienced much greater success pitching in Japan from 2005-2013.

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1995 - P Mike Drumright (#11).  A 6'4" power pitcher from Wichita State University, Drumright never appeared in the majors.  He spent three seasons with the Toledo Mud Hens, racking up a record of 15-39 and an ERA of 6.83 in 71 starts.  He also pitched in the minor league systems of the Marlins, Orioles, and Red Sox.

1994 - P Cade Gaspar (#18). Gaspar, from Pepperdine University, never pitched in the majors.  He never pitched above single-A ball.  He was out of baseball after three minor league seasons.  He was included in one of the mammoth Tigers-Padres trades of the mid-90s.  I am out of things to say about him.

1993 - SS Matt Brunson (#9).  A high school infielder from Colorado, Brunson never played in the majors.  He never played above single-A ball.  He was out of baseball after three minor league seasons, then attempted a comeback from 2005-2007 in independent baseball.  I included that last part just so you knew I didn't copy and paste from Gaspar's entry.

1992 - P Rick Greene (#16).  Drafted out of LSU, Greene actually made the majors, appearing in 1 game for the 1999 Reds.  This was after he was traded to the Milwaukee Brewers by the Tigers after the 1997 season to net the team Bryce Florie.  He made it as high as the '97 Mud Hens, going 6-8 with a 2.83 ERA and 1 save in 57 relief appearances.

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To be fair, I think the vast majority of pitchers drafted early could be classified as power pitchers so it's not like the Tigers are alone in targeting them.

Not many finesse guys that change speeds go in the early rounds.

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When do we get to the great Steve Pegues?  

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