Paul Wezner, Executive Editor
Up until the last day or so, I would have said the pick is without a doubt Jacob Turner, the big right-hander from Westminster High in Missouri. But for some reason, I have a feeling it's going to fall through. Maybe someone like Baltimore or San Francisco decides to snag him first, or maybe there is a concern about his signability and owner Mike Illitch isn't going to pony up the cash like he has in past years. Either way, I just have a feeling it's not going to happen. Instead, I see the Tigers snagging rapidly-rising speedy centerfielder Reymond Fuentes. The Puerto Rican native might not seem to be the conventional pick, but has impressed the Tigers' scouts, and given that he'd likely be an easier sign, might allow the Tigers some room to take a few gambles on tougher signs in the later rounds.
Mark Anderson, Managing Editor
Rarely here at TigsTown are we asked to do the impossible. Prospect rankings may be tough, but you can do that with some discernable amount of certainty at the top of the rankings. Predicting even the top of this year's draft -- beyond the top two picks -- might well be the first time TigsTown has had to do the impossible. There are so many variations of the top eight picks, that determining who may be there for the Tigers at 1-9, is insanely tough. From the best I can narrow it down after talking to everyone I can think of, is the following three players potentially on the board for the Tigers to choose from; right-handers Jacob Turner and Tanner Scheppers, and left-hander Matt Purke. Purke's price tag is growing by the week, which may keep him from being a serious thought at this slot. Scheppers and Turner are both the prototypical Tiger draft choise; big, hard throwing, and aggressive on the mound. If the Tigers are willing to pay up, Turner is likely to be the guy, and the selection of Scheppers would require the organization to ignore or become comfortable with his health risk; something they haven't done much of in the draft lately. I think the pick here is Turner all the way, and I think the Tigers will get a deal done right around the August 15th deadline.
Jason Avery, Associate Editor, Amateur Baseball
With their selection with the ninth overall pick, I'm going to go with Jacob Turner. A right-hander from Westminster Christian Academy in Missouri, Turner has been clocked at 98 this spring, and he has a good curveball and changeup to complete his repertoire.
Although he has Scott Boras advising him, the Tigers have not shied away from his clients in the past, and he would be a terrific arm to add to the organization if they got him. The only stumbling block for them would obviously be his bonus demands, but I suspect the Tigers will have a good enough read on that to be comfortable in selecting him.
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