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    Tigers reportedly set sights on a pair of young international shortstops


    That most essential — and most difficult —position MLB teams seek to fill, shortstop, is where the Tigers are spending much of their 2022 international bonus pool, as reported by Baseball America.

    The Tigers are expected to soon sign two teen shortstops listed among Baseball America’s top 21 prospects. Saturday is the first day international amateurs can sign professional contracts.

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    Javier Osorio, a 6-foot, 172-pound, right-handed hitter, who turns 17 in March, is a Venezuela native ranked 10th on Baseball America’s list of top 50 international talents.

    Samuel Gil, 17, is another Venezuelan right-handed hitter, 5-9 and 154 pounds, and ranked 21st among Baseball America’s top 50.

    The Tigers are barred from any conversation during the current lockout as MLB owners and the players association work to finalize a new contract ahead of the 2022 season. Team officials were unavailable to respond to questions concerning Osorio and Gil.

    From Baseball America’s scouting report on Osorio:

    “Osorio was an early standout in the scouting process as one of the most advanced players in the 2021 class. He has high-end bat speed for his age, with quick wrists and an aggressive swing that he snaps through the zone quickly. That bat speed helps him drive the ball with impact and gives him a chance to develop into a power-hitting shortstop as he fills out. Osorio’s best tools are on the offensive side, but he has the actions, athleticism and arm strength that could allow him to stay at shortstop.”

    Baseball America’s summary on Gil was likewise impressive:

    “Gil drew a lot of attention from scouts, moreso for his in-game skills than his raw tools. He’s an instinctive, high baseball IQ player who puts together consistent quality at-bats with an easy swing, good contact skills and an all-fields approach to get on base frequently. Gil isn’t a huge power threat, but he puts a surprising charge into the ball for his smaller, slender size. His game savvy also shows up in the field, where he has a good internal clock, plays under control and has a strong arm.”



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