Carter Young, SS, Vanderbilt University (Tenn.)
The Detroit Tigers are still in the market for the shortstop of the future. The debate is going to rage on about who will be that anchor of the team’s future. The Tigers may not have that position filled out entirely when the 2022 draft rolls around.
That being said, Carter Young from Vanderbilt University could very well be the first-round shortstop that the Tigers are looking for. Young has spent the last two seasons with the Vandy Boys and is fine-tuning his skills quite well.
He’s a switch-hitting middle infielder who can pick it and swing it from both sides. There’s a lot to like offensively with Young. In 2020 before the pandemic put a halt to the season, Young had slashed .328/.373/.377 over just 18 games.
This past season saw Young slash .252/.341/.559 with 36 extra-base hits, 16 of them being home runs, and also collecting 52 total RBI over his 61 games played with the Commodores. He’s a switch hitter with a clean stroke from both sides.
Young could amount to being a shortstop with power upside and projects to be a 5-tool player. The hit-tool on both sides is there and will continue to develop when he gets into a farm system. Defensively Young shows a feel for the position with clean actions.
If the Detroit Tigers want to grab a shortstop to invest in for the future, Young is going to be one to target in the 2022 MLB Draft.