Detroit Tigers Top 30 Prospects for 2024: #3 Max Clark

Detroit Tigers first round pick from 2023, Max Clark, comes in at third overall on our countdown of Tigers prospects ahead of the 2024 season.

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Max Clark's future outlook with the Detroit Tigers

For Clark, there's a real high ceiling here. I've been overly critical of Clark and will admit that. I'll own that I was quite displeased when the Tigers left Wyatt Langford on the board at 1-3 last year, opting to select Clark. While Langford may not have fit the narrative and trajectory of the Tigers, it felt like that was the right pick.

Besides that point, I've been overly critical of Clark in the past, but there's no denying that there are tools here. Clark is a fantastic prospect with a plethora of upside. He will be a premium defender who can stick in a big-league outfield for a long time. The athleticism certainly helps carry the upside of this profile.

For Meadows, it's going to be about the bat. He has made some changes to his swing, and it'll be interesting to see what that means this summer in his first full season in Detroit. There's always been an overwhelmingly high-power projection with Clark, and while I want to buy it, I'm not there yet.

Clark has a chance to be special in Detroit, but this year will be a big tell as to what that future might be. That being said, I'm sort of deferring the future outlook grade for this prospect report. He will be a big leaguer for Detroit and be special; it's just a question of how special.