MLB Draft: Detroit Tigers Names to Watch in the First Round

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Cornelius Randolph, SS/3B

Cornelius Randolph was the choice for the Tigers in Baseball America’s fifth mock draft, but it’s getting hard to envision him falling all the way to 22 now.

"Detroit doesn’t mind tough signs. Randolph might be one but he’s a similar player in some ways to Nick Castellanos, who has turned out nicely for the Tigers. Randolph, like Castellanos, needs defensive work to stay even at third base and may wind up in left field, but he has tremendous hitting feel and good power potential to go with it."

Randolph was moved up to the Royals at pick 21 in John Manuel’s version 5.1 update of the mock draft this morning, but that type of slotting still appears to be on the low side. Most of the other draft experts seem to see him in the mid-teens, with Kiley McDaniel even considering him the tenth best draft prospect of the year.

Jim Callis: #14 to Atlanta

Kiley McDaniel: #14 to Atlanta, ranked #10 overall

Jonathan Mayo: #14 to Atlanta

Christopher Crawford: ranked #24 overall

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