Heritage Hall School (OK)
Elite curveball, mid-90s gas
KG: Detroit used to be easy to project in the draft: just take the kid who throws hard. They returned to their old ways on Sunday by taking a pair of arms who can consistently get into the upper 90s. Jobe has the best raw stuff in the draft, but it was still a bit of a surprise to see them stick with him when Marcelo Mayer was still on the board. I’m the first to admit that I’m a bigger fan of Madden than much of the industry, but he was still seen as likely to go in the teens, and to grab him in the comp round is absolute highway robbery. After using all six of their 2020 draft picks on position players, the Tigers quickly found a way to balance that on Sunday.
EL: It might feel rough for Tigers fans that Marcelo Mayer was sitting there and Detroit took a high school righty third overall instead, but the Tigers honored a verbal agreement here and the cosmic reward for that decision appears to be Ty Madden, who they may not have been able to pay if not for likely cutting a deal at three. I think Tigers pitching dev is actually pretty good, but the track record of high schoolers who are already throwing this hard at the time of draft is really scary.