I don’t mean it has to be Torkelson but a high upside college bat is the safest thing in the draft and while that TOR starter would be nice, I would rather take the surer thing in the bat.
No one will be blocking Tork btw. He would probably be ready, assuming things go well, by 2022.
Mountcastle will likely be here but he doesn’t have to be at first.
No one else is likely to be here.
My issue is (especially with a lack of new information this season) that none of the bats really has a big projection.
Rutschman had/has a unique profile...switch-hitting catcher with big profiles on both sides of the ball.
What college bats have anything that gets you excited about their profile? It's not that they can't or won't succeed (or even be All-Stars), but none of Torkelson, Martin, Gonzales, Garrett Mitchell have an exciting profile....do they?
HS OFer Austin Hendrick may have a more exciting profile than them, but carries the additional risk too.
Tigers system is heavy pitching and lacks a lot of offensive upside so I'd guess they are going Bat at 1-1.
With the open board do you pass on Hancock or see if someone wants to give you a pre-draft deal and try to save some money for doing other things later in the draft (risky if nothing pans out).