Detroit Tigers pitchers and catchers are set to report for spring training Thursday, with position players due four days later. In all, 57 players have been invited to major-league camp, including 17 non-roster invitees. Of course, hundreds more players are vying for spots in the Tigers system.
In the coming months, the organization’s construction will change significantly as management finds homes for players or, in a number of cases, sends players home. Twenty-five will be on the major league roster on opening day, and 100 more will fill up four full-season minor league affiliates in Toledo, Erie, Lakeland, and West Michigan. Still dozens more players will stay in extended spring training and be joined in June by a slew of 2016 amateur draft picks. At that point, the remaining players will compete with one of four rookie or short-season teams, which have room for 140 active players total.
So, not including reserves, the Tigers should have about 265 players throughout their organization once they and all eight of their affiliated clubs finally are in action. As far as I can tell, they currently control 275 players. Click here to download the full player list, with the most up-to-date information found on team websites, transaction lists, and official player biography pages.