The Tigers are believed to be interested in right-hander Erick Fedde out of UNLV. Will he still be available when they pick late in the first round? (UNLV athletics)
Here’s a look at 10 prospects who likely will be considered by the Tigers when their turn, with the 23rd pick in the big-league draft’s first round, arrives June 5.
(Possible selections are listed in alphabetical order.)
RH starter, White County High School, Cleveland, Ga., 6-3, 180
Excellent all-around athlete with a high-throttle arm who would fit to near-perfection the Tigers’ draft tradition.
RH reliever, Louisville, 6-4, 215
Your basic Tigers power-armed slinger who can hit 100 mph. A reliever (closer) all the way.Tigers supposedly have been chatting with him in recent weeks. Still, with Ryan Perry and Matt Anderson part of some lamentable draft history, the Tigers figure to opt for a starter.
IF, Sprayberry High School, Marietta, Ga., 5-11, 190
Quick, right-handed bat and has hit good pitching, but is a bit undersized, and it would be a surprise if he was taken ahead of a pitcher. To grab him at 23 might also be too early for this left-side infielder.
RH starter, UNLV, 6-4, 180
Might have been a top-10 prize until he was scheduled earlier this month for Tommy John surgery. Tigers might consider him worth the wait. So could other clubs, who easily could snare him ahead of Detroit
OF, Virginia, 6-3, 205
Lethal left-handed bat, good athlete, very good speed. Not a great arm and probably would be viewed as a left-fielder. Potentially undervalued because of a wrist (hammate bone) injury that cost him almost half the season.
1B, Wichita State, 6-4, 238
Tigers are high on this switch-hitter who wouldn’t be considered clutter, even if Miguel Cabrera is anchored at first base. Time has a way of settling these issues. Gillaspie could easily be gone by the time Detroit selects, but he’ll be a serious consideration if available.
RH starter, Sandalwood High School, Jacksonville, Fla., 6-3, 208
Likely to be long gone by the time Detroit drafts. Tigers' would love him, but as Reid-Foley has gotten steadily better, stock has risen dramatically. Has the power stuff and maturity Dave Dombrowski’s sleuths find irresistible.
RH starter, Conway (S.C.) High School, 6-2, 190
Another of the 100-mph breed, which increasingly is showing up at the prep level. Has a slider to match his fastball. Tigers would love him. So would 29 other teams, which is why Holmes is likely to be slurped up well ahead of 23.
C/1B, Indiana, 6-foot, 215
A catcher who might be moving to left field as a professional. But a good left-handed hitter who has more power than the other catcher most often mentioned: Max Pentecost, who is all but assured to go in the top 10-15 picks.
1B/pitcher, University of Kentucky, 6-4, 245
A good athlete who also takes prime-time turns on the mound. Has serious power. Is leading all of college baseball in home runs, slugging percentage, and OPS. Figures to play first base, exclusively, as a professional. Tigers are watching.