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Ok, I am back in service after getting pool chemicals in my eyes earlier this week. So please forgive me for not being as active as I should have been. I am going to try to catch up quick so here we go

Detroit Tigers mock draft!

I feel that this is a very important draft for the Tigers. The farm system is getting very thin, thanks to the signing of Prince and Victor the Tigers have given up their first round picks the last two year. The trade for Sanchez also removed a couple of top ten prospect from the farm. The Sanchez trade though may be the savior of this draft for two reasons. First the Tiger traded Competive Balance Picks with the Marlins which moved them up from 73 overall to 39 overall and adding pool money. Second by trading for Sanchez, it allowed the Tigers to resign Sanchez without giving up a first round draft pick this year. It turned out to be one of the best moves by a GM all year IMO.

My research of what Detroit does in the draft matches up with what Cookiedabookie’s research that he published in his Article "EVERYTHING you wanted to know about how your team drafts **UPDATED**". THANK YOU Cookie. For those of you who have not look at this here is my overview about the Tigers.

The Tigers in recent years have almost always draft RHP when they have a first round picks. These picks have been split down the middle between high school and college pitchers. Since 2001, when Dombrowski took over, more than half of the Tigers in the first four round picks are RHP. There has not been many high school bats drafted by the Tigers at all. It seems the that the Tiger prefer college bats although last two of the last three years have seen a high school bat in the first three rounds so thing maybe changing.

The Tigers have four picks in the first three rounds: Pick 20(1st), 39(1st Comp), 58(2nd), 94(3rd) overall.

Pick 20 slot value $2,001,700

I think the Tigers could go one of three ways, HS Pitcher, College Pitcher, or College Bat. I personally am leaning toward a HS Pitcher unless Stanek or Anderson slips to us. The Possiblities are as follows:

Phil Bickford, RHP, Oaks Christian HS (Calif.)

Hunter Harvey, RHP, Bandys HS (N.C.)

Ian Clarkin, LHP, James Madison HS (Calif.)

Rob Kaminsky, LHP, St. Joseph Regional HS (N.J.)

Dustin Driver, RHP, Wenatchee HS (WA)

Bickford would be my choice, if he is still on the board. Bickford is a guy with a lot of helium and has recently been linked to the Dodgers at pick 18 just ahead of the Tigers pick. He is 6 months younger than Harvey and might be harder to sign with his college commitment. Harvey might have more projection left in his body 6’3" 175lbs compared to Bickford’s latest report of 6’4" 200-210lbs. Clarkin and Kaminsky are both lefties and have slipped slight in the past few weeks and Driver has been a second round guy all year on most boards I have seen. Atleast one of, Clarkin, Kaminsky, or Driver might be available at 39. So if Bickford and Harvey are not on the board, I would go to option B.

College Pitcher

Ryne Stanek, RHP Arkansas

Bobby Wahl, RHP Mississippi

Chris Anderson, RHP Jacksonville

Jonathon Crawford, RHP Florida

Ryan Eades, RHP LSU

Marco Gonzales, LHP Gonzaga

Stanek, Anderson and Crawford are gone on most boards, but I have seen all three at 20 or below on boards that I have a lot of respect for. If one of these three are still available The Tigers would be happy to add them to the farm system. Wahl has had a great year this year but it hasn’t improved his draft stock a whole lot. Eades is getting a little helium recently rising into the 1st round and has been linked to sevral teams above and below 20. Gonzales is a lefty that don’t have the stuff of the rest but has been very productive in college. If Stanek, Anderson, or Crawford don’t fall to 20, I would consider Plan C

College Bat

Austin Wilson, OF (RF), Stanford

Aaron Judge, OF Fresno St.

D.J. Peterson, 1b/3b New Mexico

Philip Ervin, OF Sanford

Tim Anderson, SS East Central CC Mississippi

Judge is a very large man, maybe too big, but very athletic and has a lot of power. Wison is not as big and hasn’t shown as much power yet, but projects out in the same range as Judge. Peterson is maybe the second to third best bat in the draft, but has position problems. Ervin don’t have the power but maybe able to stay in centerfield and has a really good hit tool. Anderson went undrafted last year and shoud stick at shortstop.

The reason that I make this option C is that in every draft board I have seen one of the guys are available at 39. I like Wilson the more that Judge, who’s 6’7"-6’8" frame scares me. Peterson has been linked to team from 10-20 so he may not be on the board. Anderson is 30-40 on most boards.

My current rankings on the MOD Tiger Draft Board for pick 20 is as follows:

Ryne Stanek, RHP Arkansas

Chris Anderson, RHP Jacksonville

Phil Bickford, RHP, Oaks Christian HS (Calif.)

Hunter Harvey, RHP, Bandys HS (N.C.)

Jonathon Crawford, RHP Florida

Austin Wilson, OF(RF), Stanford

Bobby Wahl, RHP Mississippi

D.J. Peterson, 1b/3b New Mexico

Ian Clarkin, LHP, James Madison HS (Calif.)

Aaron Judge, OF Fresno St.

Philip Ervin, OF Sanford

Ryan Eades, RHP LSU

Marco Gonzales, LHP Gonzaga

Tim Anderson, SS East Central CC Mississippi

Rob Kaminsky, LHP, St. Joseph Regional HS (N.J.)

Dustin Driver, RHP, Wenatchee HS (WA)

I know that there are other players that might be consider but this is a place to start.

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