The Detroit Tigers have selected Gage Workman 102nd overall in the fourth round.
With the 102nd overall pick in the 2020 MLB Draft, the Detroit Tigers opted to bring in first overall draft choice Spencer Torkelson’s teammate, Gage Workman. Their fourth-round draft choice was Workman, the third baseman from Arizona State University.
Workman is the fifth straight position player selected in the 2020 MLB Draft, and the second chosen third baseman after the announcement was made that Torkelson was chosen as a third baseman. It is an interesting strategy from General Manager (GM) Al Avila but seems to have worked out well so far.
Workman is a third baseman by trade, who stands 6-foot-3,185 pounds, and is sort of an investment or insurance policy for the Tigers. The power threat theme has seemed to have died down a little bit as Workman is not known for his power.
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He is a switch-hitter for the Sun Devils who has a stronger bat from the left side of the plate, but all-in-all is another good pick by the Tigers.
The Tigers have pieced together a fantastic draft class even without selecting a pitcher through their first five picks.
Workman is ranted and raved about for his defensive abilities in the field with good range and developing arm strength.
He profiles to be an infielder who could play multiple positions, especially considering the Tigers brought in Torkelson to play third base.
The fourth-round selection of Workman seems to be another best player available type of pick. He was ranked 51st overall on Baseball America, and this may have been Avila seeing this and jumping on an opportunity.
It has been a productive and successful draft for the Detroit Tigers, Avila, and his front office. The organization has definitively made strides to better the offensive side of the farm system, which will help further this rebuild.
The Detroit Tigers will make one more pick in the 2020 MLB Draft in the fifth round, making the 132nd selection of the draft.