Detroit Tigers take Texas Tech’s Jace Jung at No. 12 in MLB Draft


They were hoping for something seismic Sunday evening — for a temblor or two that might alter the Tigers’ options in the 2022 MLB Draft’s first round.

They got their shake-up.

A couple of early and surprising pitching picks preserved a host of hitters, including Jace Jung, a left-handed slugger and second baseman whom the Tigers scooped up with the 12th overall pick.


He was one of two college infielders selected Sunday by the Tigers, later joined by Oklahoma shortstop Peyton Graham, taken in the second round (No. 51 overall).

Jung was a Tigers target throughout their spring scouting safaris. But they couldn’t count on his bat being available when hitters Sunday were expected to be plucked early.

That changed when pitchers began tumbling early from the draft board — Kumar Rocker, in a shocker, going third overall to the Texas Rangers; Cade Horton, from the University of Oklahoma to the Cubs at No. 7. Then, Gabriel Hughes, at 10, to the Rockies.

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