Detroit Tigers: 2 reasons to trade for Kahlil Watson, 1 reason not to
Reason to avoid: Potential character/attitude concerns
For as much talent and potential that Watson has, the potential character concerns with him should at least raise an eyebrow. Every baseball player disagrees with an umpire from time to time, but to make a gesture like that toward them simply isn’t acceptable.
The Marlins were right to suspend him, but to hold him out for an extended period of time does seem like a bit of overkill. Pure speculation, but that could suggest there is something else going behind the scenes.
It is worth wondering if these concerns were the real reason he fell in last year’s draft. As we’ve established, it certainly wasn’t for a lack of talent. Any player is signable if you are willing to meet their demands.
As stated previously, the Detroit Tigers should do their homework on Watson if they are going to pursue a trade. They should be 100% sure that something like this is just an isolated incident.
Watson is a 19-year-old high-end prospect who is struggling in Low-A. This is probably the first time he’s struggled this much in his life. He was obviously frustrated, so to condemn him for this mistake would be asinine.
The key for him is that he learns from it and doesn’t make it a habit. Until he shows otherwise, Watson deserves the benefit of the doubt.