The Detroit Tigers have selected Colt Keith in the fifth round, with the 132nd overall pick in the 2020 MLB Draft.
The end is finally here for day two of the MLB Draft as the Detroit Tigers have selected high school talent, Colt Keith, in the fifth round with the 132nd overall selection. As mentioned initially, Keith has ties to Arizona State University, is committed to playing his college ball there.
This means that three of the Tigers’ six selections either play or could be playing for the Sun Devils program. The Tigers’ front office must have cracked into a pipeline that allowed them to make the selections that they did.
In terms of skillset, Keith is the only player that the Tigers selected that comes from high school as well as the only player who has any sort of pitching skill. Keith was a pitcher in high school, but as he said in his MLB Network interview, he is “a hitter who likes to pitch.”
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The Tigers brought him in as a third baseman, meaning that he is the third, third baseman that the organization selected in the 2020 MLB Draft.
However, he has been playing shortstop in high school; however, this may become short-lived as he develops through the minor leagues as a third baseman.
Keith is a left-handed bat, standing 6-foot-3,195-pounds, and possesses excellent athleticism in the field for the Tigers.
Scouts noted that his fielding would need some work as he progresses, and the bat has not been examined a ton. He was named the 2019 Mississippi Gatorade Player of the Year, hitting .527 with eight home runs which shows that he can hit, but that is at the high school level.
The way things stand right now, Keith is a position player, but he could always make a transition to the mound of things do not work out in the batter’s box in the favor or Keith. The Tigers closed out their draft, selecting Keith, which seems like he may be able to be signed.
Worst case scenario, the Tigers seem to have planted roots in the Arizona State program, and maybe a few years down the road, if Keith chooses to go to college, he becomes a player to seek out once again in the draft.
That wraps things up for the 2020 MLB Draft on day two, the teams will get a break but soon a free agency period will open up for undrafted players who teams may sign for $20,000. This will be crucial to maintaining a positive draft status.
At the end of the day, the Detroit Tigers had a very productive and successful 2020 MLB Draft, hats off the organization.