TigsTown Roundtable: Tigers First Pick

Ready to talk Tigers? Want to hear the opinion of the TigsTown staff? Welcome to the TigsTown Roundtable! This week's question: Who will the Tigers take with their first pick, 76th overall?

Paul Wezner, Executive Editor
After the Tigers missed out on the first round and the comp round, they'll be staring at making their first pick of the draft at the 76th slot, well into the second round. But, there is still plenty of talent left available, including three players that fall within Scout.com's Top 30; outfielder Josh Bell, left-hander Daiel Norris, and right-hander Dillon Howard. All three are first round talents, but have fallen due to signability concerns and bonus demands. Bell has been the most heavily scouted and discussed, but is very firm in his University of Texas commitment, so much so that he sent a letter to clubs asking they not draft him because of it. Needless to say, while everyone has a price, Bell's is likely to be very steep, and it's tough to see the Tigers going that route after having to wait so long into the draft to snag someone. However, while both high school arms won't come cheap, they both appear open to signing. Norris scared some folks away with the numbers being floated, while Howard scared many away just by being represented by Scott Boras. Given that the Tigers have never shied away from a Boras client, I'm going to call the Tigers snagging Dillon Howard at 76 overall.

Mark Anderson, Managing Editor
After 60 picks you would expect the Tigers to have little in the way of premium, first round type talent to choose from, but that's not the case in a draft that is deep in quality pitching and good athletes. The big name that many Tiger fans are hoping for is Texas high school outfielder Josh Bell. One of the elite high school bats in the draft, Bell's apparent desire to go to college is pushing his bonus demands through the roof, and it looks as though the Tigers won't pull the trigger. Some other players that were in the mix at the back end of the first round and into the supplamental round include Indiana outfielder Alex Dickerson, Florida high school outfielder Granden Goetzman, Arkansas high school right-hander Dillon Howard, and Oregon State lefty Josh Osich. With all those names and many, many more available, I still think the Tigers will go another route. The pre-draft bonus demands of Science Hill High School (TN) left-hander Daniel Norris have pushed him to the second round, with only a hint of an end to his fall in site. The 6-foot-2, 175 pound prep standout has a fastball that ranges from 89-93 mph and has hit 96 in showcase events in the past. He is highly athletic and has already shown some aptitude for throwing both a curveball and change-up. He won't come cheap, but that's never bothered the Tigers before, and it shouldn't bother them with Norris.

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