Detroit Tigers: A “too-soon” look at 5 possible picks in 2022 MLB Draft

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Detroit Tigers, Nazier Mule
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Nazier Mulé, RHP/SS, Passaic Co Tech High School (N.J.)

One of the best names in the class is Nazier Mulé from New Jersey. The prep two-way has plenty to like and has been atop the ’22 draft class for some time. There’s no telling exactly where he will end up in the rankings, but then again, who knows where the Detroit Tigers will be picking.

Mulé is committed to play his collegiate ball with the Miami Hurricanes down in the 305, but he’ll likely be taking his talents to the big leagues as a high-first rounder. He’s a shortstop and right-handed pitcher with plenty to enjoy.

On the mound, Mulé can work up to 97 mph with life while sitting 93-96 mph. He shows a feel for a slider and change-up as well. He overpowers hitters and makes it look easy on the mound. If Mulé is available, Chris Fetter might be jumping for joy, given that he’s a fastball/slider guy.

More impressively, Mulé’s abilities in the field and at the plate are outstanding. He shows clean defensive skills with good first steps and clean throws across the field. At the plate, he’s got a loud bat with incredible bat-to-ball abilities.

Mulé uses a leg kick and then explodes through the zone, driving the ball incredibly well. With so much upside, Mulé should be circled on draft boards already. He’s going to be a stud and likely be forgoing his commitment to Miami to start on a path through professional baseball.

Personally, the two-way ability is intriguing, but I think he irons things out as a hitter. I would not be shocked to see him two-way in the minors for a bit similar to Hunter Greene, who both pitched and played shortstop in the Cincinnati Reds farm system before zeroing in on pitching.