Lynn Henning of The Detroit News identifies 10 possible 2019 first-round draft picks for the Tigers, who own the No. 5 selection.
1. Bobby Witt Jr., SS, 6-1, 185, Heritage High, Colleyville, Texas: Son of a former big-league pitcher, this teen has five-tool plus scores.
2. Adley Rutschman, C, 6-2, 215, Oregon State: Switch-hitter with Jake Rogers-grade talents behind the plate.
3. Shea Langeliers, C, 6-0, 190, Baylor: Right there with Rutschman. Could be an intriguing duel next spring between him and Rutschman.
4. Riley Greene, OF, 6-2, 190, Hagerty High, Ovieda, Fla.: Might not make it to No. 5 overall, all because of left-handed power and fine corner-outfield skills.
5. Matt Wallner, OF, 6-5, 220, Southern Mississippi: Not a bad early wager here. The Tigers need precisely this brand of first baseman in their system. And while Wallner ranks as a corner outfielder and pitcher, first base is an easy option for a player so athletic.
6. Rece Hinds, SS/3B, 6-4, 210, Niceville (Fla.) High: Top-shelf power and a plus arm could make him an even earlier pick. He’s a right-handed stick and almost surely will be gobbled up somewhere in the Top 10.
7. C.J. Abrams, SS, 6-2, 185, Blessed Trinity High, Roswell, Ga.: Terrific athlete with speed, an arm, and major offensive upside.
8. Bryson Stott, SS, 6-3, 195, Nevada-Las Vegas: Had a nice summer at the Cape Cod League and might slide into the Top 5 by June. He’s a left-handed hitter, which doesn’t hurt.
9. Braden Shewmake, SS, 6-4, 190, Texas A&M: Another big, left-hand stick who could shift to first base.
10. Drew Mendoza, 3B, 6-4, 220, Florida State: Major power from the left side, which makes him one worth inspecting as the Tigers release the scouting hounds when college baseball gets rolling in February.