TigsTown Roundtable: Regret Signing?

Ready to talk Tigers? Want to hear the opinion of the TigsTown staff? Welcome to the TigsTown Roundtable! This week's question: Which player will the Tigers most regret not signing from this year's draft class?

Paul Wezner, Executive Editor
Mark Appel might well develop into a top prospect, but the Tigers snagging Daniel Fields in addition to Andy Oliver and Jacob Turner was the big prep guy that they needed to snag. If there's one guy that might have been a realistic sign though and could likely become a big regret, it's eighth rounder Craig Fritsch. Fritsch of course was a draft-eligible sophomore, so he could return to school and still be drafted next year as a junior with leverage, and could end up becoming a powerful arm. Fritsch had a rough season for Baylor with an ERA over five, but shined last summer in the Cape Cod League with a mid-90's fastball and an excellent slider. Don't be surprised if Fritsch regains his stuff and ends up a high selection in 2010 that the Tigers would have loved to have snagged for a lot less than what he'll command next year.

Mark Anderson, Managing Editor
Honestly I'm not sure the Tigers will really regret not signing any of their remaining picks. They got the big three of Turner, Oliver, and Fields, and that makes this draft. There may be some pause over not signing Appel or Keefer, but both need significant development. Keefer has the chance to be an impact bat down the line, but he's going to have to go against the grain of UCLA players and translate tons of tools to baseball performance; something numerous Bruins have failed to do. I'd bank that for the money Keefer wanted, the Tigers are better off watching him develop from afar; though that could backfire if he duplicates his summer performance.

Jason Avery, Associate Editor, Amateur Baseball
There is a long list of players to choose from that the Tigers didn't sign, and I don't think you can label just one pick as the one who got away. Outfielders Victor Roache, Cody Keefer, Pat Biondi, Tarran Senay, Jimmy Brennan and Charlie Markson all could develop into solid prospects, as could catcher Danny Canela and infielders Nate Goro and Ben Crumpton. Right-handers Mark Appel and Andrew Walter have the chance to be high picks in three years, and there is a plethora of others I didn't mention that also are solid prospects in their own right. However, for this exercise, I can select only one, and I'll single out Tobin Mateychick. Mateychick has a very projectable frame and touches the mid-90s with his fastball. He made good strides with his changeup this summer, and once he sharpens his slider, Mateychick could hear his name called early on in the 2012 draft. Although the Tigers were again aggressive in pursuing and signing high-end talent, I don't think there is any question that many of these players will resurface during their collegiate careers, and I believe the majority of them will be very good selections in three years.

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