Detroit Tigers Mock Draft 2.0 – Competitive Balance Round A, Pick 32
Jake gets the the first choice in this round and goes with…
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Jake Says: For 32 I’ll go Chase Burns. The Tigers have just started to see the fruits of their labor from drafting Matt Manning in 2016. In Burns, they receive another projectable starter and begin to replenish a barren pitching well in the lower minors.
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Chris Says: Technically Will Bednar is available by our rules, but I’m gonna skip him because he’s absolutely going in the top 20. I’ll just stick with the kid I’ve liked all along…Thatcher Hurd. His velo is fringy now, but he’s got tons of projection remaining and the sort of spin profile teams love. Going prep back-to-back probably wipes out the bonus pool though…
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Mike Says: Give me the first round talent with Tommy John in the rear view window for the next 10 years. At worst I think you get a closer out of the deal with the big fastball if the secondaries do not progress as much as needed, and at best another arm to solidify the middle-to-back of the rotation.
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Joe Says: A personal favorite of mine. The Tigers take Wright State second baseman Tyler Black. Black is an above-average hitter from the left side of the plate with great barrel control. He has shown a very patient approach as well, and he could end up with average power. That is an intriguing profile for someone who should be able to be an average defender at the keystone.
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Kellen Says: White has been a big riser as we’re nearing the draft due to his profile of plus raw power and solid center field defense. The hit tool will decide his ceiling and the Tigers will almost certainly need to go way overslot here to pry him away from his football commitment. If the Tigers choose to save some money with Jobe or even House in the first round, White would make a lot of sense here.
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Rogelio Says: The Tigers didn’t get their shortstop in the first round (I took Jobe), but they get him here in the form of local product Alex Mooney. Mooney is a well-rounded player with a pretty high floor for a high schooler, and the Tigers are well acquainted with his plus makeup.
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Jon Says: Mikulski was eligible but went undrafted in 2020. He remade his delivery and saw a substantial jump in his stuff in 2021, flashing a fastball in the upper 90s and plus slider. There’s some relief risk here, but the Tigers will send him out as a starter and see what they have.