In what is being considered a deep draft, the Detroit Tigers will have the 12th pick overall.
The Detroit Tigers yesterday ended the 2021 season on a relatively high note with a win over the Chicago White Sox. Many fans were pleased with how there was never a dull moment and the progress of the team, led by manager A.J Hinch and his staff.
With the improvement, the days of the MLB Draft being just another day in the season are back for Tigers fans. With a 77-85 record, the Tigers will have the 12th pick in the 2022 MLB Draft. It is the lowest Detroit has drafted since 2017, when they picked right-hander Alex Faedo 18th overall.
For the number one overall pick, it came down to yesterday’s game. The Baltimore Orioles and the Arizona Diamondbacks both finished with the exact same record. The O’s lost to the Jays while Arizona beat the Rockies.
With that, ties are settled by the previous year’s record. Since in 2020 both teams had the same record, they went to 2019 in which Baltimore had the worst record so they have the top pick in the draft. Arizona, Texas, Pittsburgh, and Washington follow after Baltimore for the first top-five picks in the draft.
Way too early to see what direction Detroit will take but…
With the new changes in the front office, it is unknown what direction the Tigers could take with the 12th pick. Names that could be projected to go first in October 2021 could go on the second day of the draft. Regardless just based on the recent draft trends, the Tigers will go with the best player available as the days of predictable draft tropes of the Tigers drafting a tall pitcher out of the SEC (as one example) seem to be over.
Here are a few names according to MLB.com that could go anywhere in the first round and super early on, make some sense to Detroit.
- Jud Fabian OF: The University of Florida
- Gavin Cross OF: Virginia Tech University
- Connor Prielipp LHP: University of Alabama
- Dylan Beavers OF: University of California
- Chase DeLauter OF: University of James Madison
As more draft intel comes out, we will keep you updated on the players that are moving up in the draft.