Detroit Tigers projected to take Michael Sirota with 2024 first-rounder.
Ladies and gentlemen, it is draft season. Okay, maybe not 100%, but it's that time of the year when we can start to get a feel for what the Spring might look like. For the Detroit Tigers, the draft lottery took place, leaving them with the 11th overall pick in the draft.
While they had moved up in the 2023 MLB Draft, in 2024, they did not have the same luck to move up into the top five. But, for the Detroit Tigers, there are still plenty of prospects out there, and in a college bat-heavy class, the Tigers are likely going to have their pick of the litter, even at 11th overall.
In Perfect Game USA's first 2024 mock draft after the lottery was released, they had the Detroit Tigers selecting Michael Sirota. He's an outfielder from Northeastern who has also logged time on the Cape as well.
Sirota may be an exciting grab at 11, but let's discuss what the outfielder brings. He's a 6-foot-3, 187-pound frame with a more lean build and some athleticism throughout. There appears to be room to keep filling out a bit. He's added some strength since his prep days and is a former 16th-round pick of the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Sirota's a Connecticut native with a toolsy outfield profile. He may not be exactly what the Tigers desperately need, but the team needs to take the talent available at 11th overall. He's a well-rounded athlete overall and has a ton to like in the batter's box.
He's a right-handed hitter with tons of polish and a crisp and clean swing. His bat-to-ball skills are impressive, and he's fresh from a big 2023 season. He slashed .346/.472/.678 with nine doubles, four triples, and 18 home runs with 54 RBI over 55 games played. Another big campaign in 2024 would be huge for Sirota.
It's not just the abilities with the stick, though either; he's got the potential to be a plus-defender as someone who can patrol centerfield with good twitch. He runs well and would make an excellent addition to a big-league outfield one day.
Player-wise, Sirota is a good get for Detroit. On the flipside, assuming that Riley Greene and Parker Meadows stick around for a few years, it could make for a crowded outfield. Not to mention, 2023 first-rounder Max Clark is making his way toward the big leagues.