Josh Hartle is a collegiate lefty for the Detroit Tigers to consider.
Perhaps one of the things that the Detroit Tigers could do would be shocking folks by drafting a left-handed pitcher. It's not the move the Detroit Tigers would be expected to make, but it is surely one that they should consider. The Tigers may want to think about drafting Josh Hartle at 11th overall if given the chance.
Josh Hartle is a 6-foot-5, 200-pound southpaw with length to his frame. He's more lean but still an athletic mover, with a clean move working downhill. He uses the long levers well in his move and can be a solid option for the Wake Forest weekend rotation, just a year after they had Rhett Lowder, who was a first-rounder in 2023.
Hartle had a big 2023 season where he made 18 appearances for the Demon Deacons. He managed a 2.81 ERA, a 1.12 WHIP, and he had just 24 walks to 140 punchouts. Hartle has premier stuff with a four-pitch mix. The fastball has been up into the low-90s, and with the projectable frame, there's likely some more in the tank.
He also has a cutter in the mix with some good lateral shape. His go-to breaker is a bigger curveball with more hump in it, but still more of a 1-7 & 2-7 shape. It's a pretty pitch with good depth to it, being able to land it for strikes. He also has a changeup, pronating well and creating a pitch that has an arm-side fade to it.
Hartle had an exceptional 2023 campaign, and there's reason to believe he can be a top-half of the first-round caliber player when all is said and done. Keep an eye on Hartle; he's got a lot to like about him, with a real projectable profile.