Detroit Tigers Ink Four Unsigned Free Agents.
Carson King, Austin Langworthy, and DJ Poteet signed as undrafted free agents with the Detroit Tigers. Here’s some information you should know about each player.
After the quietness of not signing any undrafted free agents for a few weeks, the Detroit Tigers made it official today with the signing of four undrafted free agents. Last week it was reported that Detroit signed Trevin Esquerra, the 1B/OF out of Loyola Marymount University but it was made official today.
As it was discussed in the article, Esquerra batted .276/.344/.504 in his career at Loyola. Before the draft, he was number 7 among college first baseman on Baseball America’s list. For Detroit, this gives some much-needed depth for first baseman in the system. He is an aggressive switch-hitter with just 18 walks in 233 at-bats in 2019, striking out 66 times.
Carson King represents the highest upside among the signings. The 6’2 207 right-hander out of Florida Southern was a junior college transfer. The Tigers have familiarity with the university as they usually open spring training against the Mocs and the school is located in Lakeland. Brian Sakowski of Perfect Game liked the upside of King.
Vinny Cervino, also of Perfect Game, mentioned his repeatability in his mechanics and that he features a high-spin breaking ball. He and a few pitchers combined for a no-hitter last season.
Austin Langworthy, an outfielder who stands at 5’11 out of the University of Florida, fits a past Tigers draft profile, a senior SEC player who handled his position well that may up as a fourth outfielder but with a slight twist. As a Gator, he .270/.369/.413 and also pitched in 18 games, posting an ERA of 3.34, giving up 12 runs over 32.1 innings pitched. He is a lefty, which is intriguing if the Tigers decide to use him as a pitcher down the line. He can draw walks and showed power in the Cape Cod League with seven home runs in 26 games.
DJ Poteet, an outfielder that stands at 6’4, 200 lbs, out of Wake Forest University. He skipped his senior season to turn pro. While his career slash line of .233/.357/.394 may nothing to write home about, he can draw walks, drawing 76 in 424 plate appearances. Also, showed he can flash a bit of the leather.
As more information becomes available, we will be able to give you more of what these players are capable to provide for the Detroit Tigers.