The Detroit Tigers have selected Gage Workman in the fourth round, with the 102nd overall pick in the 2020 MLB Draft.
The Detroit Tigers must have gotten some insider information from first overall selection Spencer Torkelson that told them to take one of his teammates. The Tigers would spend their fourth-round selection on Arizona State third baseman Gage Workman.
Initially, selecting the switch-hitting third baseman seems like a bit of a stretch, he is quite versatile and will be able to move around during his development. Workman is a collegiate third baseman but came up as a shortstop, which means he could just as likely make a move back to shortstop.
Workman is not a power threat like Torkelson; at least the numbers have not shown it, but from the left side of the plate, finding ways on base in that way. Workman started the 2020 season with some tough numbers.
In 2020, Workman played in 17 games where he only hit .250/.316/.471 with only three home runs and 14 RBI for the Sun Devils. Workman may not be the most desirable looking prospect, but a fourth-round selection initially ranked just outside the top 50 prospects is quite appealing.
Now, this may be an insurance pick for the Tigers who took the Sun Devils third baseman even though they have made it clear that Torkelson will be the third baseman of the future. Not playing a full season certainly did not benefit Workman, who could have increased his draft stock.
However, it seems that Workman could be a versatile prospect who works through development slowly, working at both third base and shortstop during his way through the Detroit Tigers system. At the end of the day, the Workman selection is a good one for the long haul of the farm system.