Paul Wezner, Executive Editor
When the Tigers nap a top ten talent without a pick in the top 40 selections, it's hard to come out and classify this draft as a disappointment. I think the Tigers far and away didn't take the same number of high risk selections that they have in past years. This I think was likely a combination of the fact that the Tigers weren't overly impressed with the crop of high school players, as well as a reality that the Tigers needed an infusion of A-ball level talent that was ready to compete. While the Tigers first and foremost have to worry about identifying talent that can contribute at the big league level, there's also a balance of reality that the Tigers need to field competitive teams in the minor league system, and a void of guys in that area likely led the Tigers down the path of drafting some polished college players with limited upside. I wouldn't call that disappointing, just acceptance of the reality of the situation.
Mark Anderson, Managing Editor
I'm not sure I would classify the draft as a disappointment, but it certainly wasn't as exciting as the 2007 and 2009 drafts. The Tigers were still predictably aggressive with their top pick, nabbibg prep bet Nick Castellanos, but the excitement dwindles beyond that pick. As has been the case many time before with Dombrowski and Chadd led drafts, the team opted for some more polished players that could move through the system quickly. The theory -- at least in part -- behind this is to help fill out rosters throughout a depleted system with quality players, to avoid rushing some of the extremely young talent the Tigers already have in place. Given that approach, and the smattering of guys that do still have some projection (Brantly, Smyly, Cooper, etc.), and this draft is more uninspiring than disappointing.
Jason Avery, Associate Editor, Amateur Baseball
Obviously, it's far too early to begin to cast judgment on last week's draft effort by the Tigers, but I would've liked for the Tigers to take a few more risks in the middle rounds. Although the Tigers did draft guys like Jake Hernandez and Dominic Ficociello, they really shied away from high school players, and should they run into difficulties signing their players taken early on, they don't have a lot of alternatives to fall back on should things go awry. It's pretty obvious the Tigers weren't enamored with this year's prep class, and while they'll be content to see them go to school to refine their games, they missed an opportunity to at least get the chance to get more of an up-close look at them.
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