Paul Wezner, Executive Editor
The two things we know about what the Tigers are likely to do in the first round of the MLB Draft are the following; the Tigers have certain types of players they covet, and since the regime changeover at the beginning of the century, the Tigers have not deviated from those types in the first round. If pitchers, they like big, power arms. If position players, they lean toward toolsy, athletic outfielders. There has been a lot of smoke recently about UNC shortstop Logan Warmoth, but Warmoth doesn’t fit the type, and while the interest could be genuine, I can’t bet on the Tigers deviating. Lefty prep arm D.L. Hall has remained a Tigers target, and fits the bill to a tee, as Chris Brown detailed last week in his scientific mock draft. The Tigers also have an affinity for SEC arms, so if Alex Faedo falls to 18, I could see him being the pick, and if all of their top targets are off the board, I could see a safe pick like LSU righty Alex Lange or a higher-risk, higher-reward play like Clarke Schmidt from South Carolina. Ultimately, there are too many signs pointing to Hall, and he seems like a reasonable bet to be on the board at 18, so he’s my choice for the call at 18.
Mark Anderson, Director of Scouting
This year’s draft seems to be carrying more uncertainty than years past, and when combined with the Tigers picking in the second half of the first round, there a lot of names in play. As such, sifting through the noise to come up with the most viable options can be challenging. If I’ve learned anything so far, it’s that the Tigers are in heavy on lefty DL Hall and righty Sam Carlson; both prep arms with considerable upside. There have been rumors of late that both could be off the board before the club picks tonight, and if that is the case, I’ve heard plenty of rumve been scared off by Hall’s up and down spring performance, that he will be sitting there at #18. If that’s the case, and assuming some other player projected to go much higher isn’t miraculously on the board, Hall is my pick to be the guy.ors that they may get conservative and pop a college bat like Missouri State’s Jake Burger. At the end of the day, I think enough teams in front of the Tigers are going to have pre-draft arrangements with guys, or have been scared off by Hall’s up and down spring performance, that he will be sitting there at #18. If that’s the case, and assuming some other player projected to go much higher isn’t miraculously on the board, Hall is my pick to be the guy.
Chris Brown, Staff Writer
In my “scientific” mock draft I predicted the Tigers would take Georgia prep lefthander D.L. Hall. Setting aside his ominous first initials, Hall is a very solid prospect who has the potential for three above-average pitches and above-average command. That was what I guessed the Tigers would do based on their track record, but for this I’m going to just select who I would like them to pick, and that’s North Carolina shortstop Logan Warmouth.
Nothing Warmoth does jumps off the page, but he has five average or above-average tools, has been a three-year starter at shortstop for a great North Carolina program, and he has performed well in wood-bat summer leagues. There’s a good chance he sticks at shortstop in pro ball, but even if he doesn’t he should be a terrific second baseman with enough offense to be a first-division regular. It seems highly unlikely the Tigers go this route, however, as they haven’t taken a college position player with their first pick since Eric Munson in 1999.