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    id=content_id>Stott ,
    a shortstop from UNLV, is shooting up draft boards this spring."While having the
    No. 1 overall pick in last June’s MLB draft was certainly better for the Tigers
    organization, we here at Bless You Boys are currently enjoying the added chaos
    that comes with picking a few spots lower. In particular, mock drafts are much
    more unpredictable than before, making for more interesting discussion as the
    draft draws closer.In their latest mock, the experts at Baseball America project
    that the Tigers will select UNLV shortstop Bryson Stott, a junior that is
    quickly shooting up draft boards this spring. Through 23 games, Stott is batting
    an absurd .349/.513/.663 with five home runs and more walks (27) than strikeouts
    (18).Stott’s ascent has materialized in multiple pre-draft rankings. Baseball
    America moved him up to sixth on their board this week, 21 spots higher than
    their previous update. He is fifth overall on FanGraphs’
    rankings ,
    and the No. 12 prospect in his draft class at MLB Pipeline.Listed at 6’3 and 195
    pounds, Stott is fairly big for a shortstop, but there are not many questions
    about his ability to stick there at the next level. He is an above-average
    runner who has the range to play there, and an above-average arm that has been
    clocked as high as 97 miles per hour.Offensively, Stott appears to be tapping
    into more of his above-average raw power this season. This was the biggest knock
    on him heading into this year — his swing was previously described as
    “slap-heavy” — but those concerns are fading. The added power will serve him
    well, as Stott already has an excellent approach at the plate; FanGraphs thinks
    he could have a plus hit tool when all is said and done.The intangibles are
    there for Stott too. He has a good track record in wooden bat leagues, including
    the Cape Cod League last summer, and coaches have raved about his makeup and
    work ethic. He also shows a good feel for the game, with instincts that help his
    tools play up on the diamond.While draft pick projections are all over the map
    now Christian
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    , the consensus seems to be that the Tigers (and others
    around them) will be taking a bat this spring. The top 11 picks on Baseball
    America’s mock are all position players, and the first pitcher on their top 300
    prospects list doesn’t appear until No. 10. MLB Pipeline’s list is also
    hitter-heavy, with righthander Carter Stewart the only pitcher in the top eight.
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    Merrill KellyRick Scuteri-USA TODAY SportsIf familiar with this series go ahead
    and skip to poll. If not, please read on.This series of articles will run from
    now until shortly before opening day. The purpose is to crowd source the D-Backs
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    individual player on the 40 man roster. For this exercise I will only be using
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