Breaking down picks in Rounds 11-20

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The Detroit Tigers made 10 selections in the 2021 MLB draft on Tuesday, completing the 20-round draft with 21 total picks over the past three days.

On Sunday, the Tigers made two selections in the MLB draft: Heritage Hall (Oklahoma) High School right-hander Jackson Jobe in Round 1 (No. 3 overall) and Texas right-hander Ty Madden in Competitive Balance Round A (No. 32 overall).

The Tigers then made nine picks Monday: Friendswood (Texas) High infielder Izaac Pacheco in Round 2 (No. 39); Alabama right-hander Dylan Smith in Round 3 (No. 74); Bryant University right-hander Tyler Mattison in Round 4 (No. 104), Notre Dame right-hander Tanner Kohlhepp in Round 5 (No. 135); North Carolina State outfielder Austin Murr in Round 6 (No. 165), Georgia Tech left-hander Brant Hurter in Round 7 (No. 195); South Carolina-Upstate right-hander Jordan Marks in Round 8 (No. 225); Ohio State right-hander Garrett Burhenn in Round 9 (No. 255); and Kentucky outfielder Austin Schultz in Round 10 (No. 285).

“We feel very good about what we’ve done,” Tigers amateur scouting director Scott Pleis said Tuesday. “As a group, we all feel like we did really well. I think we’re happy.”

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Meet the newest Tigers, beginning in the 11th round:

Vitals: 6 feet 1, 200 pounds.

Bats/throws: Right/right.

Drafted: 11th round (No. 315 overall).

The buzz: The Tigers couldn’t have started the third day of the draft any better, adding to the catching depth in the organization. Last year, Detroit picked Ohio State catcher Dillon Dingler in the second round. In his first year of pro ball, Dingler quickly jumped (with 2020 No. 1 overall pick Spencer Torkelson) from High-A West Michigan to Double-A Erie. Crouch, 22, hit .311 with 15 home runs, 36 RBIs, 39 walks and 41 strikeouts for Central Florida. Crouch isn’t as talented as Miami’s Adrian Del Castillo — picked No. 67 overall by the Arizona Diamondbacks — but he makes sense for the Tigers as a potential steal in the 11th round. 

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Vitals: 6-3, 215.

Bats/throws: Switch/right.

Drafted: 12th round (No. 345 overall).

The buzz: For the same reason Crouch is a solid addition, so is Rothenberg. The switch-hitting catcher produced a .251 batting average in 2021, adding 16 doubles, three triples, nine home runs, 42 RBIs, 24 walks and 50 strikeouts. The 22-year-old became the first Blue Devil to reach three consecutive NCAA postseasons, doing so in 2018, 2019 and 2021. (The 2020 season was cut short because of the COVID-19 pandemic.) This past year, Rothenberg helped Duke to its first ACC championship since 1961 and earned ACC All-Tournament team honors. He finished his four-year collegiate career with a .266 batting average and ranks 13th in program history with 24 career home runs. Crouch and Rothenberg attended pre-draft workouts with the Tigers. 

They said it: “You always need catching, and we’ve had our eye on these guys for a while and knew them really well,” Pleis said Tuesday. “We wanted to get two (catchers), but we thought if we didn’t get them right off the bat, we might miss out on one. That’s what we did there. … Rothenberg is a switch-hitter, so that’s always nice. He’s got size and arm strength. He is a good catcher. He was a little up and down as far as how he swung the bat this year, but we’ve seen him swing in the past, so we like that.

“Crouch really threw well, swung the bat well and had a good year. There’s power in both these guys. They’re both really interesting, and if they tick up a little bit, they’ll turn themselves into good players.”

Vitals: 6-3, 210.

Bats/throws: Left/right.

Drafted: 13th round (No. 375 overall).

The buzz: Meyers, 22, isn’t just a first baseman. During his four-year college career, he has played first base (63 games), third base (51 games), shortstop (44 games) and pitcher (six games). During summer leagues, Meyers even spent 10 games at third base and one game at second base. Since the beginning of the 2020 season, however, he has been used exclusively as a first baseman. This year, Meyers hit .378 with 15 home runs, 55 RBIs, 39 walks and 42 strikeouts. For now, expect the Tigers to keep him at first base, but manager AJ Hinch’s idea of developing players at multiple positions seems to be making an impact throughout the organization. 

They said it: “Definitely a corner (infield) guy,” Pleis said. “Definitely like the power. He’s got power to all fields, which is attractive. That’s really what attracted us to him.”



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