The Detroit Tigers will have a big decision to make in the upcoming Major League Baseball draft. Not only will be the first draft under the Scott Harris regime, but they will pick top three. Let’s take a look at some of the top prospects in the 2023 MLB draft & see which one could see their name called by Detroit this summer.
Max Clark (OF) – Franklin, IN
One of the younger players at the top of the draft, Clark is only 18 years old. His left-handed swing has been described as very quick through the zone & shows potential as a 20-homer guy in the majors. MLB.com gave him a hit grade of 60 & a power grade of 50.
Max Clark also projects as an impact player in the field & on the bases. Clark was given a 70-run grade from MLB.com & looks like a player who could stick in center field for the long term. The 18-year-old outfielder looks like he can be a five-tool player in the majors & will more than likely be a top-five pick in the 2023 MLB draft.
While many Detroit Tigers fans will be against drafting a pitcher number three overall, Paul Skenes is the number two draft prospect on MLB.com for a reason. The 20-year-old college pitcher throws right-handed & would be the first college pitcher taken by the Tigers since Casey Mize in 2018.
Skenes stands at 6’6, 235 pounds. His fastball averaged 98 mph & even hit 102 at Louisiana State. Skenes also offers a plus slider that sits at 85-89 mph with his changeup being his third best pitch, sitting at 88-93 mph. MLB.com gave Skenes’ fastball a grade of 80 & his slider a grade of 70, giving him two go-to pitches to rely on.
After not playing much as a freshman, Langford broke out as a sophomore in 2022. One route to clubbing 26 home runs, Langford put his name on the map. Langford has been described as a five-tool player & will be in the conversation to go number one in June. The 21-year-old has nine home runs this season for Florida while posting an OPS over 1.200.
Wyatt Langford is a player that could really interest Scott Harris due to his low strikeout & high walk rate. He probably projects as a corner outfielder, but still has plus speed & good defensive instincts. Langford checks all the boxes with his passionate play & would be a very solid option if he is available at three for the Tigers.
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Dylan Crews (OF)- Louisiana State
Probably the consensus number one pick, Dylan Crews has all the makings of a star in the big leagues. Crews has the most power out of any of the other top outfielder prospect in the draft & has been able to cutdown on his strikeouts as well. The righty is absolutely crushing college pitching, hitting .485 with 45 walks & just 19 strikeouts.
While defense might not be his calling card, Crews has the potential to stick in center. If not, his plus arm could make him an asset in a corner outfield spot as well. The Detroit Tigers would be thrilled if Crews fell to them in the draft. The prospect of a Dylan Crews, Riley Greene & Parker Meadows outfield in the future would have Tigers fans salivating.
More of the same from LSU OF Dylan Crews today. Went 3 for 5 w/2 HR including a Grand Slam. Up to 11 HR & 43 RBI in 38 G.
Slashing .488/.638/.864. Continues to post ELITE EVs & ELITE chase rates.