2. Wyatt Langford, RHH/OF
Wyatt Langford is one of the other bats rivaling Dylan Crews at the top. He's been inconsistent in most draft rankings, jumping up and down, but he's risen on my draft board as the season reaches the mid-season mark.
Back in December, extremely early in the draft process for 2023, I had penciled in Wyatt Langford as a mid-to-late Top 10 pick. He was someone the Detroit Tigers should have circled in their book to keep an eye on. Well, he's sucked down some helium and moved up the draft board.
Langford has been a big piece of the puzzle for the Florida Gators program this season. He has the potential to sneak up into the top three picks and be someone the Tigers consider if he is there when the team picks.
Langford, an outfielder by trade, has moved around the field for the Gators but likely translates to a corner outfielder at the big league level. He's 6-foot-1, 225 pounds, with a physical and strong frame. A former catcher, the larger build is understandable.
He's been a welcome sight with the Gators' offense in 2023. Langford has slashed .392/.550/.861 with nine doubles, two triples, and eight home runs. He also has 20 RBI to his credit for the Gators' offense.
Langford has a premium operation in the batters' box with plenty to like and project on as he gets into an organization's farm system. As you can see in the video above, Langford has a direct and simple swing path with plenty of loft.
A whippy barrel with fast hands allows him to get the barrel on the ball and drive it, especially pull-side with plenty of juice. The power also shows up in-game, as evident with the eight bombs in 2023 for the Gators.
The Tigers would benefit significantly by adding Langford into their farm system. He's someone who's going to jump into a pro organization and be able to handle his own. He's got tools that are at the top of his class.