Tigers Get National Love For Hitting Home Run In Draft

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By 97.1 The Ticket

With the first overall pick in the MLB Draft, the Tigers chose Arizona State slugger Spencer Torkelson. And they continued to add talent from there. 

Their final haul featured five college bats and another high-ceiling hitter in high school. In other words, just what the organization needed. 

But don't take it from us. Take it from the national experts, all of whom loved Detroit's draft. 

CBSSports.com gave the Tigers an A:
The Tigers held the No. 1 pick and they locked themselves into an A when they used it on Torkelson, a future middle-of-the-order anchor. They then added a very good all-around catcher in second rounder Dillon Dingler, a consistent college performer in outfielder Daniel Cabrera in Competitive Balance Round B, and they flat out stole Arizona State infielder Gage Workman in the fourth round. Workman was seen as a possible first-round pick coming into the season.
Torkelson was arguably the best player in the draft and Detroit added three other late first round/early second round talents in Cabrera, Dingler, and Workman. Great, great draft for the Tigers.
Bleacher Report went a step further and gave the Tigers an A+:
It's hard to nitpick a draft when the team with the No. 1 pick takes the obvious No. 1 selection. Last year it was the Baltimore Orioles grabbing catcher Adley Rutschman. This year it's the Tigers taking corner infielder Spencer Torkelson out of Arizona State. ...
In Detroit he joins a farm system teeming with Major League talent such as left-handed pitchers Casey Mize and Tarik Skubal, right-hander Matt Manning and outfielder Riley Greene. The Tigers are angling for a quick rebuild, and adding Torkelson is one way to speed up the process for a club that's been out of the postseason since 2014.
It wasn't just the level of talent that had analysts buzzing. It was the fact the Tigers found good value throughout the draft. Like Ohio State catcher Dillon Dingler, who was widely projected to go in the first round. Former Rockies GM Dan O'Dowd said he loved the pick, adding the Tigers "got their catcher of the future."
And Christopher Crawford of NBC Sports said Dingler was one of his two favorite picks of the second round. 

The Tigers earned similar praise for picking LSU outfielder Daniel Cabrera No. 62 overall and Rice shortstop Trei Cruz No. 73 overall. 

JJ Cooper from Baseball America loved Detroit's top three picks. 

The Tigers have taken1. The top player in the draft.2. An athletic catcher who could have gone 10-15 spots earlier.3. A productive OF who could have gone 15-25 sports earlier.All with a track record of production at major college programs.

— JJ Cooper (@jjcoop36) June 11, 2020

Tigers director of amateur scouting Scott Pleis said the club is just as pleased as the critics. 

"Absolutely. And when did that ever happen?" he cracked. "We're very excited about it, in all seriousness. We thought we did very well."