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Height: 6’1” | Weight: 220 lbs | B/T: R/R | Date of Birth: 8/26/1999
School: Arizona State U
Notable Tools: 70 Power, 60 Hit
Summary: The consensus top hitter in the draft this year, and arguably the best hitter in years, Torkelson shows patience at the plate, can hit for a high average and has plenty of power that could produce a triple slash line of .300/.400/.500 (or better). Defensively, Torkelson is most comfortable and the best fit at first base, though the Tigers announced him as a third baseman and he does have some limited time there (in addition to the outfield). But regardless of where he ends up defensively, Torkelson's ticket to the big leagues is his bat, and it could come fast.
Quotable: “He’s one of the most polished hitters we’ve seen in the draft for quite some time, showing plus-plus power and excellent plate discipline. We’ve been tracking Spencer’s growth and performance since his breakout freshman season at Arizona State, and are excited to see him grow in the coming years.” - Scott Pleis, Detroit Tigers Director of Amateur Scouting
Height: 6’3” | Weight: 210 lbs | B/T: R/R | Date of Birth: 9/17/1998
School: Ohio State U
Notable Tools: 60 Arm, 60 Field, 60 Power
Summary: A good athlete and an excellent defender behind the plate, Dingler rocketed up draft boards this year thanks in large part to the growth in his offensive game. After starting his career as a light-hitting center fielder, Dingler moved behind the dish where his arm strength and athleticism proved to be an asset. But what turned him into a potential first round pick was the growth in his offense, and turning his plus raw power into game production.
Quotable: “An athlete behind the plate is huge. We talk about shortstops, center fielders being great athletes, which they are. Your feet and your hands have to be tremendous to be a good catcher.” - Scott Pleis, Detroit Tigers Director of Amateur Scouting
Height: 6’1” | Weight: 196 lbs | B/T: L/L | Date of Birth: 9/5/1998
School: Louisiana State U
Notable Tools: 55 Hit, 50 Power
Summary: Cabrera's calling card is his bat, as he's a prototypical corner outfielder that projects to hit for average with a fair amount of power. He has an easy swing and commands the strike zone well. He's not a great athlete or defender, but good enough that he should be serviceable on the bases and in the field, assuming the bat performs as many project it to.
Quotable: “He’s going to be an everyday left fielder, a power bat, uses the field. He’s not a runner, but he runs good enough, but a really quality player with a history of hitting. He’s going to be a good player.” - Scott Pleis, Detroit Tigers Director of Amateur Scouting
Height: 6’2” | Weight: 200 lbs | B/T: B/R | Date of Birth: 7/5/1998
School: Rice U (TX)
Notable Tools: 50 Hit, 50 Run
Summary: Cruz has a strong lineage as both his father and grandfather were big leaguers, and Cruz could follow suit. A natural hitter and a good athlete, Cruz is a threat to get on the bases and do some damage, though he's not a burner. Defensively, Cruz's limited range likely means he'll be a better fit at second base.
Quotable: “He’s a switch-hitter. He’s not a power guy, but he’s got some power. Good athlete, very versatile. His bat has evolved the last few years and keeps getting better. We really feel like we’ve got a really good baseball player here.” - Scott Pleis, Detroit Tigers Director of Amateur Scouting
Height: 6’4” | Weight: 195 lbs | B/T: B/R | Date of Birth: 10/24/1999
School: Arizona State U
Notable Tools: 60 Power, 55 Arm
Summary: Workman doesn't turn 21 until late in the fall, after graduating high school early and enrolling at Arizona State, so he's still a bit raw compared to other college juniors. That being said, Workman is big with an athletic frame, but still surprisingly mobile, and could play shortstop (he played there in Cape Cod last summer). His frame and arm likely project better to third base, but the athleticism is there. At the plate, he has excellent raw power, but with some swing-and-miss in his approach, he'll likely need refinement to turn the raw power into production.
Quotable: “He's got a huge upside, huge power, switch-hitter, a good athlete, can run, can throw, really does a really good job at third base. And I think he's growing into being a good hitter. He does strike out a little bit too much at times, but I think there's a huge upside with him, and the power potential is tremendous.” - Scott Pleis, Detroit Tigers Director of Amateur Scouting
Height: 6’2” | Weight: 220 lbs | B/T: L/R | Date of Birth: 8/14/2001
School: Biloxi HS (MS)
Notable Tools: 60 Arm, 50 Power
Summary: Keith was projected to be a second or third round pick before he fell to the fifth round due to signability concerns - those however were addressed prior to selecting him as the Tigers expect to sign the youngster. Keith garnered interest as a prospect both at the plate and on the mound, with a low-90's fastball. Offensively, he makes hard contact and has good raw power.
Quotable: “We got a high-ceiling third baseman that we’re excited to get, a left-handed hitter.” - Scott Pleis, Detroit Tigers Director of Amateur Scouting