Detroit Tigers selected Riley Greene and Nick Quintana on day one of the MLB Draft, but they had plenty of picks during the rest of the draft. The Tigers selected eight players on day two of the draft, only two of them being pitchers.
After passing on CJ Abrams and selecting Riley Greene overall, the Detroit Tigers came back and countered with a second-round selection of third baseman Nick Quintana. Those two players rounded out their day one selections, but when day two rolled around, the Tigers draft class began to take shape.
In the third round, the Detroit Tigers selected Andre Lipcius from the University of Tennessee. Lipcius is a 6-foot-1, 190-pound third baseman who hits from the right side. The attractiveness of his profile comes from his defensive abilities, and cannon of an arm.
At the plate, Lipcius has a robust approach with some pop. He will most likely develop himself into an average toolsy player all around when he reaches the big leagues. Lipcius was a strong pick for the Tigers in the third round, even after taking a converted third baseman in the second round in Nick Quintana.
In the fourth round, the Detroit Tigers came back with another position player, selecting Ryan Krideler, a shortstop out of UCLA. Kreidler stands 6-foot-4, 208 pounds, as a right-handed hitting shortstop for the UCLA Bruins. Just like Lipcius, Kreidler is not known for his hitting, rather his glove as someone who can control the running game.
His hitting did increase pretty drastically from his sophomore to junior year, but the tools are still not fully showing up for Kreidler. A fourth-round selection is not bad for someone who does offer upside with a lot of sharp defensive tools.