#9: Detroit Tigers
Nick: Mickey Moniak, Outfielder, La Costa Canyon (Calif.)
The Tigers over the last few years have had one of the worst farm systems in the league. They are excited to see a top 5 potential pick fall to them at nine. Moniak is a prototypical prep outfielder, seems to have five tool potential. The Tigers have the money to wait on a prospect to develop and will be able to wait on Moniak. They can sign proven veterans to help bridge to Moniak as he develops into his high upside.
David: Justin Dunn, Pitcher, Boston College
The Tigers during their stretch of dominance over the AL Central were known for their strong pitching. That pitching is no longer strong, however, and Justin Dunn could help fix that. The Tigers farm system ranked 26th in Baseball America’s preseason rankings, and with Michael Fulmer graduating, it will only go worse. After drafting Beau Burrows last season, by taking a college arm the Tigers can hope to develop him quicker and get him to the big leagues faster. Dunn has been on the rise, and with the Tigers need of quality young arms, Dunn fits.
#10: Chicago White Sox
Nick: Dakota Hudson, Right-Handed Pitcher, Mississippi State
The White Soxs are so closer to being consistent contenders. They do not have time to wait on a raw, prep pitcher to make his way through the minors. Instead they take the best available college arm on the board in Hudson. Hudson has a big frame and is one of the more advanced pitchers in the draft. The White Soxs would love to add another high upside arm and get one to the majors quick Hudson will sign fast and could be up next season.
David: Mickey Moniak, Outfielder, La Costa Canyon (California)
Moniak, the top high school outfielder, has incredible speed and range, a fast swing, and has the ability to become a star in the league with his four to five tool abilities. The White Sox farm system is a weak one, and after trading Fernando Tatis Jr, the system has gotten weaker. Moniak would add a nice prospect – one of the best high schoolers in the draft – to the organization.
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