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Detroit Tigers: Early Look at 2023 MLB Draft

Jun 25, 2022; Omaha, NE, USA; A member of the grounds crew clears the field of a beach ball during game 1 of the Men’s College World Series championship series between the Oklahoma Sooners and the Ole Miss Rebels at Charles Schwab Field. Mandatory Credit: Dylan Widger-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 25, 2022; Omaha, NE, USA; A member of the grounds crew clears the field of a beach ball during game 1 of the Men’s College World Series championship series between the Oklahoma Sooners and the Ole Miss Rebels at Charles Schwab Field. Mandatory Credit: Dylan Widger-USA TODAY Sports /
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Detroit Tigers 2022 MLB Draft Options – College Infielders

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May 29, 2021; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA; TCU Horned Frogs infielder Brayden Taylor (55) reacts after a strike out against the Kansas State Wildcats during the third inning at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Rob Ferguson-USA TODAY Sports /

The younger brother of Oakland A’s prospect Zack, Jake Gelof had a monster year for the Cavaliers this season, batting .377 with 21 home runs and nearly as many walks as strikeouts. Jacob Gonzalez has a chance to be the first player taken in 2023, thanks to a terrific eye, above-average power potential, and strong defense at shortstop.

Alex Mooney was a highly regarded prep prospect in 2021 out of Orchard Lake St. Mary’s in Michigan, but he made it to campus at Duke. He still has the raw tools to go in the first round, but he’ll need to clean up his defense and show a bit more pop with the bat. Tre Morgan is a fascinating first base prospect, as he shows good patience and contact ability, but not a ton of power, and after stealing 15 bases as a freshman he didn’t swipe a single bag this year.

Nolan Schanuel has an impressive resume so far in college, with a .357/.462/.619 line and 27 home runs over his first two seasons. Brayden Taylor has one of the best mixes of hitting ability, patience, and power in the class, though questions about his power ceiling exist. Kyle Teel is unusually athletic for a catcher, but his sophomore campaign (.276, 6HR) was a slight letdown after he hit .335 with 9 bombs as a freshman.

Brock Wilken was the darling of the 2021 Cape Cod League, where he hit .302/.430/.519 with 10 doubles and 6 homers in 36 games. He kept his power going this year with 23 home runs for Wake Forest, but he also struck out 71 times against 34 walks in 60 games. Jacob Wilson is an interesting under-the-radar type who shown impressive hitting ability, patience, and power for Grand Canyon.

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