Detroit Tigers: 5 scouting reports on possible 2023 MLB Draft targets

Tennessee pitcher Chase Dollander (11) celebrates after closing out the inning.
Tennessee pitcher Chase Dollander (11) celebrates after closing out the inning. / Jake Crandall/ Advertiser / USA TODAY
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4. Walker Jenkins

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South Brunswick's Walker Jenkins Feb. 8, 2023 at South Brunswick's baseball field. / KEN BLEVINS/STARNEWS / USA TODAY NETWORK

While the focus so far has been on collegiate players, it's worth mixing in a prep player who could end up in the top three picks come draft day. The Detroit Tigers need to keep prep outfielder Walker Jenkins on their radar this Spring.

The Oak Island, North Carolina native is ready for his senior season with South Brunswick High School, and his first at-bat of the Spring certainly made some noise. The 6-foot-3, 215-pound Jenkins absolutely obliterated a ball pull-side for a home run. Here's the clip.

Jenkins has much to like about him and is fresh from a tremendous season on the Perfect Game circuit. The UNC Tar Heels commit is primed to be a top pick in this year's draft, and a big spring will only help that. In 2022, Jenkins hit .357 with a .460 OBP while tallying seven extra-base hits over 42 at-bats, only striking out six times.

In 2021, as a Sophomore, Jenkins really shined on the Perfect Game circuit, hitting .417 with a .561 OBP while managing nine doubles and five home runs with 32 RBI to his credit. He struck out just seven times over 72 at-bats.

Jenkins has a pretty clean operation in the batters' box from the left side. He starts with a wider stance, the hands set high and the back elbow up. He has an even base and shifts his weight back as he loads. He has a quick leg lift getting into his stride forward.

Jenkins works through the zone with incredible bat speed and a very direct path to impact it with strength behind it. He has physicality in his frame that shows. He gets some thump off the barrel and can drive the ball well pull-side, but works to all fields.

He profiles out as a middle-of-the-order guy. That physicality may serve him well as a corner infielder down the line with some juice. He has a good feel for the strike zone and makes good swing decisions. The Tigers need to make sure they do their due diligence on Jenkins this Spring.