Round 5, Pick 132: Joey Wiemer, University of Cincinnati, OF
With the final selection of the 2020 MLB Draft, the Detroit Tigers should select outfielder Joey Wiemer from the University of Cincinnati. Wiemer is a toolsy outfielder who shines on the basepaths and in the outfield as a defender.
The 6-foot-5, 215-pound right-handed-hitting outfielder pre-dominantly spends his time in left field while showing off exceptional arm strength and fielding ability. He is excellent on the basepaths as a plus-runner and someone who can steal bases for the Bearcats.
In 2019, Wiemer played in 62 games, hitting .263/.360/.408 with 13 doubles, 28 RBI, and 21 stolen bases for the Bearcats. Though it was shortened, in 2020, Wiemer played in 15 games where he hit .264/.435/.396 with 12 RBI and five stolen bases.
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Wiemer may not have the home run power at the plate that may be expected of him, but scouts have said his power is raw and untapped.
Reports claim that it is his batting stance that plagues the ability to tap into his power, having seen him hit live on several occasions, that’s true.
While in the box, Wiemer has a lot going on with his hands, which may lead to his inability to display the power.
However, the speed and fielding that come with selecting Wiemer would be a great addition to the Tigers farm system. He could work with hitting coaches to try and tweak his batting stance so that he can tap into his power.
Honorable Mentions: LHP Andrew Abbott, RHP Cam Brown, OF AJ Shaver
Rounding out the draft, according to this mock draft, the Detroit Tigers will take home three pitchers, and three position players with their six draft picks in the 2020 MLB Draft. GM Al Avila will then have his work cut out for himself as they try to decide if and how many undrafted players to target.
The Detroit Tigers have the first overall selection in each traditional round, and they should be able to make the most of this by bringing in some fantastic talent in the 2020 MLB Draft.