Possible Tigers draft targets: college position players

West Virginia infielder Jedd Gyorko/Photo courtesy of WVU Photo Graphic Services

A couple days ago I mentioned some of the college pitchers who may be available when the Tigers are on the clock in the supplemental first round.  Today I am going to take a look at some of the college position players who may be available at the #44 and #48 picks.  Click on each player’s name to see their scouting reports courtesy of mlb.com.

Jedd Gyorko, 2B/3B, West Virginia: Gyorko’s best tool is his bat.  The rest of his tools are underwhelming, but his bat should be good enough to get him drafted as high as the supplemental first round.  He plays shortstop for the Mountaineers, but does not appear to have the athleticism to stay at shortstop as a professional.  He profiles as an offensive-minded second or third baseman.

-Kyle Parker, OF, Clemson: Parker is a top round talent, but he could be difficult to sign considering he is the starting quarterback on Clemson’s football team and has three years of football eligibility remaining.

-Kolbrin Vitek, 2B/3B, Ball State: Vitek has one of the best bats of this draft class among college infielders.  Like Gyorko, he profiles as an offensive-minded second or third baseman.

Derek Dietrich, SS/3B, Georgia Tech: Dietrich is another bat-first infielder.  He is a shortstop at Georgia Tech, but some doubt he has the range to stay in the middle of the infield.

Todd Cunningham, OF, Jacksonville State: Cunningham’s speed, contact ability and plate discipline could make him an excellent leadoff hitter.

Austin Wates, OF, Virginia Tech: Like Cunningham, Wates has the speed and contact ability to profile as a leadoff hitter at the next level.

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