Detroit Tigers take Nick Quintana with second-round pick in MLB draft

Anthony Fenech
Detroit Free Press

The Detroit Tigers doubled down on offense with their second-round pick.

At No. 47 overall pick in the 2019 MLB draft, the Tigers selected Arizona infielder Nick Quintana on Monday night.

Quintana is considered by Baseball America to be a player who profiles lower than his raw talent ability. He has played third base full time this season for the Wildcats.

Quintana hit .342 with 15 home runs and led the Pac-12 with 77 RBIs this season.

He is ranked by Baseball America as the No. 81 overall prospect in this year’s draft. He is 5 feet 11 and 187 pounds. His hometown is Las Vegas.

Arizona's Nick Quintana.

According to Baseball America’s scouting report on Quintana, “His above-average raw power is the best asset of his offensive game, and he’s been a solid hitter in the Pac-12.

“However, he has struggled with higher strikeout rates at Arizona — nearly 20 percent over three seasons — and his lackluster statistics from two summers in the Cape Cod League, where he hit .230/.312/.435 with a 38 percent strikeout rate in 69 games, leave questions about his hit tool.

“Quintana’s talent is enough to make him a late Day 1 pick, but his previous struggles with a wood bat might push him back to an early Day 2 selection this June.”

With the pick, the Tigers appear to be taking a risk-reward bet on Quintana’s ability, which has yet to result in the kind of production that could have made him a first round pick.

Earlier Monday, the Tigers took high school outfielder Riley Greene fifth overall.

The draft continues Tuesday with Rounds 3-10 and Wednesday for Rounds 11-40. Check back to to follow live updates during those two days.

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