The Detroit Tigers add another versatile college infielder.
The Detroit Tigers have selected shortstop Danny Serretti out of the University of North Carolina in the sixth round of the 2022 MLB Draft.
Serretti is the fourth college infielder selected by the Tigers in this draft, and the second college senior they have taken, joining fourth-round pitcher Troy Melton. Originally from New Jersey, Serretti was a four-year starter for the Diamond Heels.
A switch-hitter, Serretti hit .299 with mostly gap power as a freshman in 2019. He flashed more power in 2020 and 2021, though his batting average dipped under .250. He played in the Cape Cod League as a freshman and a junior, batting .282/.365/.400 last summer for Cotuit. Things really clicked for him this year, as he hit .365 with 10 home runs and 32 walks against 38 strikeouts.
"Solid college hitter with good on-base numbers and a steady approach at the plate. Serretti is currently a shortstop but projects better at second base due to below average range. The average can play at shortstop. He’s capable of stick at the position, though not necessarily as a defensive asset. Not a big power threat."
Most of Serretti’s power comes from the left side of the plate, where he showed enough pop to go deep to left-center, but he figures to be more of a gap hitter in pro ball.
Serretti is a steady defender who will probably play all over the infield in pro ball, and may even see some time in the outfield. He’s an average runner, though, with a fringe-average arm, so his ideal position is likely second base. His overall profile is reminiscent of Detroit’s 3rd-round pick from 2020, Trei Cruz.