Detroit Tigers draft board: 4 impact bats to look out for in this draft class
By Tyler Kotila
Detroit Tigers should grab Kristian Campbell if they have a chance.
If the Detroit Tigers want to dip into the collegiate ranks and pick up an impactful bat with a later pick who might go a bit under the radar, Kristian Campbell is undoubtedly someone to be considering. The Georgia Tech YellowJackets infielder has been having himself quite the season and deserves some attention.
Campbell has a 6-foot-3, 210-pound with tons of physicality and strength to pair. He's an athletic mover defensively, playing shortstop for Georgia Tech. He has the frame and actions to stick on the left side of the infield moving forward and provide benefit playing on the dirt at the next level.
He's a right-handed hitter who starts bent at the knees with the barrel up high in the stance. He uses a toe-tap trigger before striding with a move toward third that opens up his lower half as he works through the swing and gets the barrel through the zone.
Campbell has some aggressive rotation but has the strength and hand speed to work in the zone and produce loud results. It's a pull-side approach, but he can adjust the barrel to work the other way as needed.
He has a good path through the zone, helping him produce hard-hit balls in the air, and frankly, his stats in 2023 have backed that up with plenty to like from the right-handed hitting infielder so far.
Campbell has been an integral part of Georgia Tech's success in 2023, getting it done during his chances at the plate. He has slashed .382/.497/.559 with 13 doubles, a triple, three home runs, and 22 RBI over 175 plate appearances.
If the Tigers want to grab an impact infielder for the left side of the infield, which has been impressive during his collegiate season in 2023, there are reasons the be considering Campbell. He could very well be a value grab in the later rounds to help add some organizational depth moving forward.