Detroit Tigers Mock Draft 2.0 – Fourth Round, Pick 104
Pipeline Rank: 161
Jon Says: Love the story….struggling pitcher at Waynesburg College in PA. He gets correctly diagnosed with diabetes….changes his life. Between meds and a better diet, he gains 50 pounds of “good” weight. Suddenly he went from “can’t break glass” to throwing 99 after the transfer to Gardner Webb to get his Master’s degree.
Pipeline Rank: 136
Rogelio Says: The biggest thing holding back Tanner Allen from being a premier prospect in the 2021 MLB Draft is his age. A 5th-year senior, Allen will be 23 years for the draft this year. With Detroit selecting him, it fits previous profiles of seniors who could come in and help out right away. Allen has a short, quick, compact stroke from the left side that can do a bit of damage. It’s average power at the plate, but it plays up thanks to a premier approach and mature eye. In a year throttled by high-strikeout outfielders, Allen’s 12.7% K-rate since 2019 stands out. He’s got fringy speed and an average arm that should lend well to a future in left field.
Pipeline Rank: 139
Kellen Says: Farr has a high-octane fastball that he throws downhill from a three quarters arm slot. His changeup is solid above average and he has flashed a good new curveball that he developed over the pandemic. His control and command are concerning, but he should be a strong high-leverage reliever even if he can’t command well enough to profile in a big league rotation.
Pipeline Rank: 125
Joe Says: Tiedemann is an interesting prospect at this point in the draft due to his relatively high ceiling. He is projectable due to his age and tall, lean frame. He already has solid stuff though as he combines a low 90s fastball, that peaks around 94, with a good changeup and developing slider. He is a good athlete and projects to have average command down the line. If his stuff ticks up a bit with maturity, he could be a guy who eventually impacts the big league rotation.
Pipeline Rank: 112
Mike Says: Described by some scouts as a grinder with more hit than power, but still could provide 15 HR and a solid batting average. Currently playing the outfield with solid 55 speed and a good base runner, some thoughts he could be a useful super utility player playing 2B, 3B and the OF if he doesn’t develop into an everyday player.
Pipeline Rank: 247
Chris Says: Cerantola might legitimately have the best pure stuff in the entire draft. His fastball sits in the mid-90s and touches 100, he has a hammer of a breaking ball with elite spin rates, and he’ll even flash an above-average changeup. He began the year in Mississippi State’s rotation, but poor control basically confined him to the bench. This is an extremely risky profile, but the Tigers can afford to give him innings in a way the Bulldogs couldn’t, and the upside is too high to ignore here.
Pipeline Rank: 141
Jake Says: The Tigers have had some luck at the catching position as of late and they go for Hickey, who may ultimately struggle to stay behind the dish. There will be a lot of pressure on the bat assuming he ends up at first base or left field long-term, but it would be another example of the org leaning on hitters lately.