Detroit Tigers Draft: 3 late-round picks to keep an eye on

Here are 3 late-round picks from the 2023 MLB Draft that Detroit Tigers fans should know about...
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Detroit Tigers need to sign Ethan Farris.

The Detroit Tigers went out and selected corner infielder Ethan Farris with their 18th-round draft choice. The Cypress Woods (TX) product is a prep infielder who patrols first or third and can get up on the mound as needed at the prep level.

He's another physical specimen, like Dunford. Not as large, but certainly a physical prospect. Farris measures up at 6-foot-5, 215 pounds, with plenty to juice in the right-handed hitting stance. He's hit well on the Perfect Game circuit and also done well in the prep seasons with Cypress Woods.

Farris uses his size well, driving the ball in the air and just attacking well pull-side. Farris leverages the ball well, really being able to extend out front and drive the ball pull-side. There's a ton of strength in the frame, and it shows with real loud impacts, being able to put the ball in the parking lot at his high school field.

It's a right-handed hitter stroke with good separation, using the long levers well and creating some whip through the zone to do damage in the air. There's strength and juice present, with some violent swings shown.

Farris is a Texas State commit with some signability concerns here, as there has been no deal worked out with Detroit yet. For the long-term, it might be better for Farris to bet on himself, going to Texas State to try and continue producing the power numbers and continue to add more strength to his XL frame.

But if the Tigers are able to lock down Farris on a contract, it's going to be fun to see how his power projection pans out in the long run. He's someone the Tigers could bring in as an investment piece, seeing how his power pans out in affiliate ball as he works through the team's system.