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After selecting Max Clark with the No. 3 overall pick in the opening round of the 2023 MLB Draft, the Detroit Tigers have now made their second pick of the night. With the No. 37 overall pick, the Tigers have selected SS Kevin McGonigle out of Monsignor Bonner High School in Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania.
Tigers select Kevin McGonigle with No. 37 pick
MLB.com had McGonigle as the No. 33 ranked prospect heading into the draft:
McGonigle, who also won a gold medal on USA Baseball’s 18u team, might be one of the best pure hitters in the class, at least in terms of bat-to-ball skills. He’s not afraid to be aggressive and attack fastballs early in counts, trusting his innate knack for finding the barrel and his overall approach to not chase pitches out of the zone. If there’s any question about his offensive profile, it’s about his future power, but he showed plenty of extra-base, and over-the-fence, pop to all fields against excellent competition over the summer.
An average to fringy runner, McGonigle’s high baseball IQ and aggressive nature help his baserunning and his defense. His hands work well and he has an average arm, but many see the Auburn recruit needing to move to second eventually because of his range, just like his baseball role model did. That might put more pressure on his bat, but most evaluators think he’s more than ready to answer that challenge.
- The Tigers have selected Kevin McGonigle with the No. 37 pick
- McGonigle plays shortstop, but he could end up playing second base at the MLB level
- McGonigle is the second prep player the Tigers have selected in the 2023 MLB Draft
Bottom Line: Going the High School Route
Scott Harris surprised just about everyone by selecting a high school bat with the No. 3 overall pick, and now he has doubled down by selecting another prep player at No. 37. Both Clark and McGonigle could end up panning out for the Tigers, but it will likely be a long time down the road before we find out for sure.