Detroit Tigers: Projecting the top 5 picks in the 2023 MLB Draft

Here's the "how it might go" projections for the 2023 MLB Draft.
West outfielder Max Clark (3) during the Perfect Game All-American Classic.
West outfielder Max Clark (3) during the Perfect Game All-American Classic. / Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
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4. Texas Rangers: OF Walker Jenkins, South Brunswick (NC)

Walker (Jenkins) Texas Ranger, the name fits. But it seems like the Texas Rangers will be taking Walker Jenkins this year in the 2023 MLB Draft. On the prep side of things, Jenkins rivals Clark for the top prep prospect.

Personally, I think Jenkins is the better prep player, but Clark is going to get drafted first, furthering the idea that draft rankings are not concurrent with mock drafts or draft boards. But that's a debate for another time. Jenkins has a ton of upside and seems like someone the Rangers could benefit from having in their system.

A larger frame with projectable power upside and tons of athleticism. Plenty to like as he develops and continues to fill out a projection as a power-hitting corner outfielder. For more on Walker Jenkins, check out his MCB Draft Profile.

In terms of this scenario, it would mean the Rangers take Jenkins and leave Crews on the board. I'm sure this sounds blasphemous, but I'm sticking with my gut on what the Rangers will do. Plus, they would have to spend a full bonus and maybe climb over the slot for Crews, but Jenkins seems like the value play here to help them throughout the other rounds.

It will be interesting to see if this happens and Crews is on the board, and how the Rangers approach that situation, deviating from Jenkins or not, since that's who I believe the team will take in this draft.