The Detroit Tigers have drafted another college bat
The Detroit Tigers have selected third baseman Luke Gold out of Boston College in the fifth round of the 2022 MLB Draft.
Gold is the third college infielder the Tigers have selected in their four picks to the point. He comes from a Golden Eagles squad the included 2021 draftees Sal Frelick (1st round by MIL) and Cody Morissette (2nd round by MIA).
Gold boasts a solid hit tool and a nice, quick swing. He doesn’t hit for a ton of power, but he’s not a slap hitter either.
Here’s MLB Pipeline’s scouting report on Gold:
"“Gold’s carrying card will be his right-handed bat. He’s a student of hitting with a solid overall approach, showing off a compact swing that helps him drive the ball to all fields. It’s more hit over power, but as he showed with wood in his hands on the Cape, there’s a good amount of present strength and there’s more than enough thump in his bat for there to be average power in the future.”"
Gold being a 10-15 homer guy with an outside shot at 20 in the big leagues in certainly not out of the realm of possibility. His overall hit tool nets him a high floor.
The defensive side of Gold’s game is a bit of a question mark. He played both second and third base for Boston College. He has a strong enough arm to play at the hot corner. He was announced as a third baseman, so it’s safe to assume that’s where Detroit is going to stick him for now.
The Detroit Tigers continue to go with college bats in an effort to compete sooner rather than later. They have yet to select a prep player. We’ll see if they keep going in the college direction.