Embed from Getty Images Thanks in large part to a 98 loss season in 2018 the Detroit tigers will have the fifth overall pick in the first round of this Junes MLB amateur draft. There are three names to keep in mind for fans to know.
One thing to keep in mind is this years Major League Baseball draft is it boasts of a very weak pitching crop. I found only one who would be worth a first round pick. Not in the top ten.
For the rebuilding Tigers who have a surplus of pitching prospects, I believe 2019 is the right time for general manager Al Avila to select a position player with a plus bat.
Riley Greene, Hagerty High School, Oviedo, Florida, Greene has all the tools that are making scouts drool. Left-handed power hitter, at 6′ 2″ with a thick frame Riley projects as a corner outfielder. Greene is disciplined and composed at the plate. The bat explodes through the zone allowing Greene to hit any pitch out of the park. He could be moved to first base at some point.
CJ Abrams, Blessed Trinity High School, Georgia, Abrams may be the second best short stop in this years draft. A plus runner, plus speed, plus glove give him some great starting tools. Scouts believe Abrams will get even better and be a cornerstone short stop for whichever team drafts him for years to come.
Last I do have the lone pitcher who should go in the first round. Graeme Stinson University of Duke, The draw back is Stinson is said to be soft-bodied. He projects close to Detroit Tigers prospect Alex Faedo. In my opinion if the Tigers draft Stinson they will miss a big opportunity to get and impact bat for the middle of the lineup to go with Christian Stewart and Isaac Paredes.