Day 2 of the 2019 MLB draft is now in the books, and the Detroit Tigers have not been shy about their philosophy this year. Four of their first five picks are big-time power threats, and a few others also have some nice offensive upside. They have only taken two pitchers so far, a huge shift from where we have seen them on draft day in years past.
We already discussed the Tigers’ first two picks, outfielder Riley Greene and third baseman Nick Quintana, but now there are a few more names to add to the list. But instead of talking wholesale draft philosophy or where everyone slots in at the minor league level, we want quick reactions on who was taken. Profile, value, name, hair, the reason doesn’t matter; we just want to know who your favorite pick is so far!
If you missed any of the picks (or just need to refresh yourself on who was taken), we have scouting reports on all 10 players right here. Now, let’s jump into the Question of the Day.
Which Tigers draft pick is your favorite so far?
My answer: I think there’s a lot to like about this year’s class so far, but I’m excited to see what Bryant Packard brings to the table. He was ranked highly on a number of boards, including MLB Pipeline (No. 106) and Baseball America (No. 118). The Tigers were able to grab him with the No. 142 overall pick in part thanks to a subpar junior season that saw his numbers drop off compared to the ridiculous stats he produced as a sophomore.
However, there are rumors that Packard’s power was down a bit due to an early season wrist injury. He improved his walk and strikeout rates, however, and also hit very well in the Cape Cod League the previous summer. Packard has been graded as an above-average hitter who should have plenty of raw power packed into his 6’3, 210 pound frame. He isn’t much of a defender, and might be limited to first base when all is said and done, but if he hits like he did as a sophomore at East Carolina — he produced a .406/.462/.671 line in 55 games — it won’t matter where he plays defensively.