Priming the Detroit Tigers draft machine as the college season starts.
While the Detroit Tigers have not even begun the 2023 season, and the MLB Draft is months away, it's never too early for fans to look at who they may see selected this June. For the Tigers, they were able to move up the draft board to the no.3 spot in this summer's First-Year Amateur Player Draft.
The Detroit Tigers benefitted from the 2023 MLB Draft Lottery, which was the inaugural lottery as it was introduced to the league. The team was supposed to select sixth overall in the 2023 MLB Draft but have since moved up the board.
With the 2023 NCAA Division I season underway, as well as DII/DIII/NAIA/JuCo all going and even some high school seasons, it's worth looking at the draft board. It's early, but there are some names who vault themselves to the top of the class.
The Tigers will seemingly have their pick of the litter with a draft class with some serious talent at the top. It's a great position, and fans should be excited about this. With a new man in charge in Scott Harris, it will be interesting to see how the team's draft strategy changes.
Given Harris's disdain for the team's farm system, taking a prep player is not off the board, but the collegiate talent will rule the top of this draft class. The Tigers should be looking to grab one of these players.
Wyatt Langford from Florida was an early candidate to move up draft boards from the University of Florida, but has yet to find his stride in 2023, granted it's been one weekend (and two midweek games in Florida's case).
Chase Dollander anchors the top of most draft boards in the second spot but did not have the best day, as Tennesee had a rough first weekend. But he's still someone the Tigers need to be heavily considering on their draft board if he is there.
As the draft nears closer and the collegiate season unfolds, players will rise and drop, but the Tigers have to evaluate which players best fit the direction they are moving in. That being said, let's dive into five different prospects the Tigers should consider with the third overall pick in the 2023 MLB Draft.