5 collegiate draft prospects Detroit Tigers fans should monitor this spring

Take a look at five different collegiate players that the Detroit Tigers fans should be monitoring this spring. They're five players who should be on the Tigers draft board.

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Brody Brecht, RHP, Iowa

This spring, the Iowa Hawkeyes will have a star-studded rotation, but their primary arm will be making some serious noise. The Detroit Tigers fans should key in on this, as Brody Brecht is a flamethrowing right-handed pitcher who could garner serious attention ahead of this summer's draft.

A former wideout on the gridiron, Brecht has a downright electric arm with a power arm profile and a ton to like that could leave Tigers fans drooling come draft day. This year will be a big test for him to move further up the draft board in the first round or potentially slip further down.

Brecht has thrown 104 mph in a collegiate game and has a lightning-quick arm with a fastball that he holds velocity on quite well. Pair that with a wipeout slider with filthy depth, and reports from Iowa's camp state that this pitch has only improved further this off-season, which is something else to watch for this spring.

In 2023, after his breakout performance, Brecht finished the year with 16 starts and one relief appearance, where he pitched to a 3.74 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP over 77.0 innings of work. He walked 61 batters while striking out 109 opposing hitters along the way.

He's a 6-foot-4, 235-pound frame and build with projectable body of a big-league arm. With power stuff and the potential to have improved the arsenal even further this year, it could be a big spring. Keep an eye on Brecht & the Hawkeyes this spring to see what he does. He could certainly move into the top half of the first round of the 2024 MLB Draft.