Detroit Tigers: An early check-in on possible first overall picks

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After an incredible start to the season, New Mexico State University shortstop Nick Gonzales looks to make a jump in the prospect rankings and get his name called this June.

The most shocking amongst top prospects has been the hot start from New Mexico State University’s infielder Nick Gonzales. He has vaulted himself into a good spot with the hot start to the season this year.

Gonzales is a 5-foot-10, 190-pound infielder who predominantly plays shortstop in his Junior season. Through sixteen games, Gonzales has played in .448/.610/1.155 with twelve home runs and thirty-six RBI with three doubles. He has been walked twenty-one times and struck out ten.

When there are runners in scoring positions .448/.526/1.588 with runners in scoring position when there are men on base, he is hitting .400/.500/1.160, and for those keeping track, that’s pretty red hot to start the season.

He possesses a .441 BABIP and a .731 ISO, which blows Torkelson out of the water who is known for his power hitting. Gonzales has been on a red hot start, and if this continues, he is going to be considered for the first overall pick, but inevitably the power is going to slow.

Gonzales is a spray hitter, putting the ball all over the field. Generally, his home runs have been to the left-center gap, with his doubles, base knocks being over to the opposite field gap. He has shown significant improvements this year when it comes to driving the ball.

With a start like he is having, he is going to increase his draft stock, even more, looking to be the first overall for the Detroit Tigers this June.