The Detroit Tigers have the No. 9 overall pick in Thursday's MLB Draft, their highest selection since they took Jacob Turner ninth in the 2009 draft. Between the excitement for such a high draft pick and the general chaos surrounding this year's first round, Tigers fans are eagerly awaiting their time on the draft clock shortly after 7:00 p.m.
The Bless You Boys staff has been hard at work previewing this year's draft, including player profiles on a number of options the Tigers will have at No. 9. Rumor has it the Tigers are aiming for high school righthander Riley Pint, a promising young arm who has been clocked as high as 102 miles per hour on the radar gun. Pint, like many others, is no guarantee to fall that far.
The Tigers have also been linked to Matt Manning, another hard-throwing prepster. Manning is the son of former NBA player Rick Manning, and he shares some of dad's size and athleticism. Manning the younger has been clocked as high as 99 mph on the radar gun.
Many Tigers fans are hoping that the team will take one of the advanced college bats floating around the top of the draft. Corey Ray, Kyle Lewis, and Nick Senzel are the top three names available, but there is no guarantee that any of them will fall all the way to the Tigers. Lewis is one player that has been bandied about as a potential top overall pick, and the others should not be far behind.
Pitching seems to be the name of the game in this year's draft, though. Lefthander A.J. Puk has been the presumptive No. 1 overall selection until recently, but should still go fairly high. Prep lefthanders Jason Groome and Braxton Garrett will also be in high demand, though there may be signability concerns with the former. MLB Pipeline has an exhaustive list of prospects, many of whom will be around when the Tigers are on the clock.
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