The Detroit Tigers may have lost Max Scherzer to the Washington Nationals, but while doing so they gained an additional first round draft pick. The 2015 draft order was announced and the Tigers will be picking 22nd overall and 34th overall in the first round. The 22nd pick is the draft pick that the Tigers already had, while the 34th pick is a compensation for losing Scherzer. The Tigers second round pick will be the 65th overall.
This marks the first time since 2010 that the Tigers will have a compensation pick. In June of 2010, they selected Nick Castellanos with the 44th overall pick and pitcher Chance Ruffin with the 48th pick of that draft.
In the past, the Tigers had lost first round draft picks for signing free agents Jose Valverde, Victor Martinez, and Prince Fielder. According to Baseball America, the Tigers will have $7,403,534 to spend on signing bonuses for their picks in rounds one through ten.
As we know, the Tigers have one of the worst farm systems, if not the worst, in all of baseball. Hopefully having 3 of the top 65 picks will allow them to begin rebuilding their minor league system. With all of the big contracts that they currently have, it will be tough for the Tigers to continue to be successful moving forward without just spending more and more.