Detroit Tigers linked to shortstop in 2022 MLB Draft

We are now less than one month away from the start of the 2022 MLB Draft and it is going to be extremely interesting to see which direction the Detroit Tigers decide to go with the No. 12 overall pick.

As we know, the Tigers‘ offense has been absolutely awful in 2022 and considering they don’t exactly have any top-hitting prospects down on the farm, it seems like the smart move would be to load up on hitters in the upcoming draft.

In his most recent 2022 MLB Mock Draft, Keith Law of The Athletic has the Detroit Tigers selecting a high school shortstop.

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Detroit Tigers linked to shortstop in 2022 MLB Draft

As you can see below, Law currently believes the Detroit Tigers will select SS Cole Young out of North Allegheny High School in Wexford, Pa.

Law notes that he has also heard the Tigers linked to prep OF Justin Crawford out of Bishop Gorman High School.

Here is what Law has to say about the Tigers taking Cole Young with the No. 12 overall pick in the 2022 MLB Draft.

From The Athletic:

12. Detroit Tigers: Cole Young, SS, North Allegheny High (Wexford, Pa.)

I’ve also heard the Tigers with Crawford, and we know they’re not afraid to take a high school pitcher, which puts them in the mix for Porter and Robbie Snelling, who has risen as much as any prep arm this spring. There was talk of Young getting into the top 10, but I think some teams up there are shying away because he’ll be 19 at the draft and didn’t face great competition this spring.

Scouting report: Young has surged up draft boards with a strong showing this spring in the Pittsburgh suburbs. Last summer he would often overstride, and since he nearly bars his lead arm, he was left off-balance enough that he couldn’t adjust to stuff spinning away from him, although he’s quieted all of that down somewhat this spring and scouts have reported seeing better quality contact from him. He’s at least a 55 runner who has the speed and arm to stay at shortstop, although he’ll need some adjustment with his footwork to remain there in the majors. The Duke commit will turn 19 a few weeks after the draft, which will hurt him with certain teams that weigh age more heavily, while teams that focus more on tools and athleticism are likely to push him into the first 15 picks.

Nation, would you like to see the Tigers select Cole Young in the 2022 MLB Draft? Would you rather them go with a pitcher such as RHP Brock Porter out of Orchard Lake St. Mary’s High School?

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