The Detroit Tigers have selected Dillon Dingler in the second round, with the 38th overall pick in the 2020 MLB Draft.
After having the very first overall selection in the 2020 MLB Draft, the Detroit Tigers also had the very first selection on day two of the draft. Dillon Dingler is a catcher from the Ohio State University who also has some versatility as a centerfielder.
It seems that the intrigue with the 6-foot-3, 210-pound backstop appears to be the jump in power that may have been shown during the 2020 season. Dingler almost doubled the number of home runs he had hit in 2019 during only 13 games of a cancelled shortened season.
Dingler has a plus-arm, is good behind the plate when it comes to receiving pitchers behind the dish. His throwing is the best part about his defensive skill set, but he provides predictability for the long run.
In terms of what this means for the Tigers organization, look to the organization’s depth chart. The Tigers do not have a logjam of catching prospects like, say the San Francisco Giants who selected catcher Patrick Bailey in the first round already having Joey Bart.
The Tigers have Jake Rogers, who is a fringey big leaguer as it is, Dingler can jump in and become one of the top catching prospects while other catchers like Eric Haase, Joey Morgan, and Kade Scivicque lower tier players in the organization.
It seems that Dingler’s selection was a “best player available” selection, which is not bad whatsoever. He provides insurance for if Rogers does not pan out, and if not, he offers future upside as a versatile catcher/outfielder for the Detroit Tigers.