International Draft 2023

The Tigers have interest in 3 of the top 50 international prospects. #32, #44 and n#48

32nd ranked prospect Enrique Jimenez - 17 year old Switch hitting catcher with power.

.Scouting grades: Hit: 50 | Power: 50 | Run: 50 | Arm: 50 | Field: 55 | Overall: 50

The switch-hitting Jimenez is a prospect to watch. It’s hard to keep your eyes off him.

He shows lots of hitting ability and some power, especially from the right side of the plate. He makes hard contact to all fields and possesses noticeable opposite field power. The teenage catcher projects to an average runner.

Behind the plate, he shows a high baseball IQ and an understanding of how to call a game. His blocking, framing and receiving skills continue to improve, and he has outstanding footwork. He projects to have an average arm, but he makes up for it in overall athleticism. His makeup has been described as off the charts.

44th ranked prospect Maikol Orozco - 17 year old right handed hitting SS. Bat first middle infielder that may need to move to 2B. 55 hit, 50 power.

Scouting grades: Hit: 55 | Power: 50 | Run: 50 | Arm: 50 | Field: 50 | Overall: 50

Orozco is going to play in the middle of the field. He certainly has the skills to stay at shortstop, but his future could be at second base. What we know is that the offensive-minded prospect is going to hit. There’s a ton of projection with his hit tool in large part because of his advanced approach at the plate and ability to drive the ball to all fields. The ball jumps off of his bat, and he consistently makes hard contact.

He is a bat-over-glove type of prospect, but he is not a liability on the field. He’s a decent defender with a strong arm for his age.

48th ranked prospect Cristian Perez - 16 year old right handed hitting CF with power.

Scouting grades: Hit: 50 | Power: 55 | Run: 50 | Arm: 50 | Field: 50 | Overall: 50

Perez already makes hard contact to all fields, and he shows signs of more power potential.

Overall, the outfielder has a medium frame and a compact body. There is strength there, and it shows up in his swing. He has shown the ability to hit the fastball and continues to get a feel for the strike zone and the pitches he can drive. He projects to be an average defender with an average arm. The belief is that he will stay in center field and will get a chance to stay at the position.

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