Roundtable: The Tigers First Round Pick?

Ready to talk Tigers? Want to hear the opinion of the TigsTown staff on some of the hot button topics of the offseason? Welcome to the TigsTown Roundtable! This week's question: Who will the Tigers pick at #6 overall in Tuesday's draft?

Paul Wezner, Senior Editor
With the Tigers not picking until the 6th selection, there is so much that can happen. Kansas City could shake everything up by snagging Drew Stubbs with the first overall pick. But ultimately it will come down to the Tigers taking the top talent available, and you don't strengthen your farm system the most by drafting an inferior player, even if he's more of a need. Though there are concerns about his throwing motion, the Tigers will go with lefty fireballer Clayton Kershaw. Ultimately, the Tigers won't be able to pull the trigger on a player from an incredibly weak college class, and so it is that Kershaw will be the guy.

Mark Anderson, Associate Editor, Minor Leagues
I think the Tigers select Drew Stubbs with their first round selection. Dombrowski has proven to desire high ceiling players, although typically pitchers, and Stubbs has one of the highest ceilings in the entire draft. Stubbs brings the high ceiling, power bat that the Tigers system so drastically needs, while also providing the organization with an elite defender to cover ground in Comerica National Park. There is a possibility that they opt for someone like Luke Hochevar or Clayton Kershaw, but I think the Tigers realize they need to develop hitters, and Stubbs likely becomes the organization's #2 prospect, behind Cameron Maybin, the day he signs on the dotted line.

Jason Avery, Associate Editor, Amateur Baseball
Even though there is a lot of smoke with the teams in front of the Tigers, I think the pick will be Drew Stubbs, the center fielder from Texas. There was talk that the Royals may cut a deal with Stubbs, instead of going with either Andrew Miller or Luke Hochevar, but I don't see it happening. The Tigers also could go with Hochevar, if he makes to them, but I think Seattle will take him, although now the M's say they aren't interested. As is the case with any draft, speculation is running rampant with all clubs, but I'll stick with Stubbs.

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