The first day of the 2019 MLB draft is in the books! It took roughly 12 hours to get through the first 77 picks on the board, thanks to MLB Network’s sluggish coverage, but here we are. The Detroit Tigers have made just two selections thus far, grabbing outfielder Riley Greene with the No. 5 overall pick and Arizona third baseman Nick Quintana with the 47th pick (the sixth of the second round).
We will have more scouting and analysis of both players on the site a bit later, but figured it was time to get Tuesday’s open thread underway as soon as possible. Naturally, today’s Question of the Day is an easy one.
What do you think of the Tigers’ first two picks of the 2019 MLB draft?
My answer: I’m a bit disappointed the Tigers weren’t able to land Andrew Vaughn with their first round pick, but there was nothing they could do about that. Drafting Riley Greene seemed disappointing to some, but he is one of the best pure hitters in the entire class who should be able to naturally add power as he gets older. Some scouts believe he is a double-plus (70-grade) hitter, while others have compared him to current top prospects like Jarred Kelenic and Alex Kirilloff. The Tigers promised to take the best player available at No. 5 overall, and I think they did just that in taking Greene.
I’m also excited for their second round pick, Nick Quintana. He is a bit of a reach if you believe some of the pre-draft rankings out there, but analysts at Baseball America and MLB Pipeline have been quick to admit where some players were moving up or down a bit quicker than their rankings could adjust. Quintana didn’t quite hit well enough on the Cape last summer to vault himself into first round consideration, but he is a well-rounded player who projects as a plus defender at third base.
Long story short, these are already two of the best bats in their entire farm system.
What do you think?
We’ll add in a poll today, just for kicks.
Are you happy with the Tigers’ first two draft picks?
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