The Detroit Tigers select catcher Dillon Dingler in the second round, 38th overall.
To kick off day two of the Detroit Tigers 2020 MLB Draft, the organization brought in a catcher. The Tigers selected catcher Dillon Dingler from the Ohio State University after they used their first overall draft choice on Spencer Torkelson.
Dingler was one of the sleeper picks listed to look out for, given that he could have gone in the first thirty-seven selections but has slipped to the second round. Dingler has phenomenal defense behind the plate, which makes him an attractive backstop.
Dingler is a 6-foot-3, 210-pound backstop who is a right-handed hitter who will rival Jake Rogers in a few years, providing he’s still around. According to Detroit Tigers beat writer Jason Beck, Dingler is the highest-drafted catcher since the Tigers selected James McCann in 2011.
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In 2019, Dingler played in 49 games for the Ohio State Buckeyes, where he hit .291/.392/.424 with 14 total extra-base hits and 19 RBI.
Though the 2020 season was cancelled, he played in 13 games, where he hit .340/.404/.760 with five home runs and 14 RBI.
In a shortened season, Dingler had already surpassed and almost doubled his home run total from the 2019 season, and was nearly tied with his RBI’s compared with 2019 statistics.
Dingler is an exception pick by the Tigers organization who are continuing to have a successful and productive draft.
The jump in power should be an appealing look to the Tigers who seem to be all-in on adding power-hitting prospects.
Dingler may not have the highest track record with power, but perhaps scouts found something that indicates this boost in power in the 2020 shortened season will continue. It may be a pick on a hunch but overall is a phenomenal draft choice from the Tigers.
The Detroit Tigers opened day two with the selection of Dingler; they will be on the clock next in Competitive Balance Round B when they have the 62nd overall selection. It will continue with three more choices to round out the draft class after that.