What does this mean for the 2024 draft class?
This draft class is full of college bats. There's a significant emphasis on the college players at the top of the class. The first few names off the board will be college bats who produce the best in '24. But teams will take the tools with players, and again, bats will rule.
The mid-point of the first round, when the Detroit Tigers pick and beyond, is when the tide could change. Some of the premier college arms could come into play if the bats run dry this spring during the college season. There's plenty to watch in the college season this spring for fans wondering who will be the next wave of Tigers draftees.
But it will be interesting to see the Tigers' approach. It's a bit of a weaker year on the prep side. Eight players are in the top 30, and only two could go into the top 10 as of now. But that's as of February 1st. Things could change throughout the spring. Who knows, maybe the Tigers will go rogue and select Caleb Bonemer, which would be about a 10-15 spot stretch in the eyes of some.
Bonemer's a Lansing kid hailing from Okemos, Mich., and he is the real deal. He's going to be the first-rounder. The question is just how high the prep shortstop will go. Detroit would have the money to offer him a good bonus and get him into the organization. But as the title suggests, it's "way too early" to narrow things down.