25. Danny Serretti - INF/SHH
The Detroit Tigers opted to select infielder Danny Serretti in the sixth round of the 2022 MLB Draft. He's still new to the organization but had quite the first season with the Tigers organization. He shows signs of intrigue to watch moving forward that could improve his future projection as a prospect.
Serretti slashed .365/.437/.567 with 17 doubles, three triples, and ten home runs while still in a UNC Tar Heels uniform last summer. He got it done from both sides of the plate with plenty to like. He carried that into the Tigers organization, where he jumped from Single-A Lakeland to Double-A Erie. He played in 27 games in total with the Tigers organization in 2022. He slashed .315/.474/.472 with ten extra-base hits and 13 RBI.
He's a switch-hitter with more power from the right side but is still a quality hitter when swinging it as a lefty. The setup in the box is similar on both sides. He starts with the hands high in a bat waggle, using a quick leg lift to get on time. He gets the foot down early and can rotate through contact with good turns.
It's a pretty quick operation in the batters' box with the ability to work uphill to the ball and sometimes create some thump off the barrel. The swing path looks better from the right side, but it's not meant to be a huge knock for his left-handed approach.
The 22-year-old infielder has the makings to be a solid hitter; he just needs to keep showing it as he moves through the ranks. He's not going to blow the doors off the organization and be a top-tier prospect, but he projects to be a Quad-A player who could fill a bench role as a middle infielder.
The bat could vault that projection up a bit, but he has to hit well throughout the organization's levels and sustain it to get some more attention. For that reason, he comes in at number 25 on the Motor City Bengals countdown.