Detroit Tigers: 2020 MLB Full Six Selection Mock Draft

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Competitive Balance Round B, Pick 62: Christian Roa, Texas A&M University, RHP

The Detroit Tigers have an extra pick at the end of the second round in Competitive Balance Round B, 62nd overall in the draft. If right-handed pitcher Christian Roa is there, he is the player to select as a starting pitching prospect out of Texas A&M University.

Roa stands 6-foot-4, weighing 210-pounds and was in his junior season at Texas A&M, where he had earned a spot in the weekend rotation. A four-pitch mix starter who will pound the zone and is not afraid to use his fastball. Roa has a clean delivery that makes him a strong arm to consider.

He has emerged onto the map more, especially in 2020, and can be a sleeper type pick as a future starter from the second round. In 2019 Roa would pitch in 17 games, making ten starts, totaling 48 innings pitched on the season.

During those 48 innings, Roa would manage a 3.56 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, and punch out 46 hitters in the process. This season’s ERA and WHIP were not as exciting, but he showed improvements with his offspeed pitches.

He only threw 20 innings where he made four starts, attaining a 5.85 ERA with a 1.35 WHIP while striking out 35 hitters. The downfall of Roa is that his fastball can get barreled up when an offense attacks it, but he will not shy away from the fastball.

Having seen him throw against Miami University in his first start this season, his offspeed pairs well with his fastball. He was not afraid to use the fastball and pair it with his offspeed, mostly the slider that he throws. Roa is a player the Tigers could select as insurance with the plethora of young arms they have now.

Honorable Mentions: RHP Kyle Nicolas, RHP Hunter Barnhart, RHP Drew Bowser