June 22, 2021

Detroit Tigers set 40-man roster prior to Rule 5 draft (Bless You Boys)

The Detroit Tigers rolled up to today’s deadline to set their 40-man roster with seven open spaces. Three players were consensus locks to be added to the 40-man roster, but there were a lot of maybes. The Tigers elected to use most of the open spaces, adding six players to the roster. That leaves them with one open spot to fill with their first round pick in the Rule 5 draft.

According to Anthony Fenech of The Detroit Free Press, the Tigers have added prospects Isaac Paredes, Daz Cameron, and Beau Burrows to the 40-man roster. They represent the obvious choices. Those three are ranked fifth, eighth, and 14th, respectively, on MLB Pipeline’s ranking of the team’s top 30 prospects.

In addition, the Tigers protected right-handed pitchers Anthony Castro and Kyle Funkhouser, and centerfielder Derek Hill. Castro and Funkhouser each have the stuff to fit in a major league bullpen, but no nearly enough command. It’s hard to say anyone would’ve taken a flier on them, as the move to a 26 man major league roster next season doesn’t change the number of pitchers a team may carry.

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