Detroit Tigers take Ohio State catcher Dillon Dingler in Round 2 of 2020 MLB draft
Dingler was named Big Ten Preseason Player of the Year by Baseball America entering the 2020 season. He hit .340 with five home runs in 13 games. Dingler is considered a high-upside pick, given he missed much of his sophomore season with an injury. Dingler is a .276 hitter in three seasons with the Buckeyes.
Why it makes sense
Catching is always at a premium. Though Jake Rogers remains the Tigers catcher of the future, the position is always in need of depth. The Tigers have spent significantly on catching in the early rounds of the draft and have yet to see any of those picks come to fruition, which is concerning. But adding another into the mix can’t hurt from a depth perspective.
Why it’s a risk
The Tigers could have selected more of a dynamic skill set with their second pick. With other players on the board that could provide more offensive upside, or by going the pitching route, they could have drafted a more exciting player. That they went with Dingler shows they are committed to the infrastructure of their farm system. Catching is an important part of it.
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