How can the Detroit Tigers pass on Tommy White
The Detroit Tigers may have a top-tier talent fall right into their lap on draft day. Tommy White has been dropping in some mock drafts, while some view him as a top-half of the first-round pick. If he is available at 10th overall, it will be hard to overlook the LSU Tigers corner infielder.
Nicknamed "Tommy Tanks" for his massive upside with the bat, being able to hit for power and do damage at the plate, there's plenty to like with White. The 6-foot, 242-pound corner infielder has a ton of strength in the frame. He's physical and has improved during his time at the collegiate level after his breakout freshman season with N.C. State.
White managed to belt 27 home runs for the Wolfpack in 2022 before transferring to Jay Johnson's Tigers in Baton Rouge. He played in 66 games in 2023, accumulating 310 plate appearances. He slashed .374/.432/.725 with 24 doubles and 24 home runs with 105 runs driven in.
It's a swing that's violent. He's going to connect and make you pay. You don't get the nickname "Tommy Tanks" for nothing. He's physical, and the skills in the box are premier. He's got top-of-the-class stuff, and it's a question of how high he could go or how far he might fall.
The spring campaign will be the deciding factor for White. He'll be heading back to LSU as reigning national champions, looking to run it back with the 2024 team in Baton Rouge. They're going to be a problem at the college level, but keep an eye on White this spring.