With the 9th pick of the 9th round (265th overall) the Detroit Tigers selected University of Virginia infielder Daniel Pinero.
Hometown: Toronto, Ontario
Teams: Ontario Blue Jays, Canadian Junior National Team
Coaches: Shawn Travers, Dan Bleiwas, Greg Hamilton, Brian O’Connor.
Previously Drafted: 36th round (1090 overall) by Detroit Tigers (2015), 20th round by Houston Astros (2013).
Twitter Handle: @danypinero
Slot Money: $169,600
Signed For: $169,600
Scout: Oneri Fleita
Rated: 270th on Perfect Game's top 500 combined list ... 369th on Baseball America's top 500 list ... Ranked 8th by Baseball America in top 27 from Virginia ... 69th on Perfect Game’s top 100 junior list ... 86th on Baseball America’s top 100 college list ... Rranked 16th best prospect in ACC by Perfect Game, 19th by BA.
Perhaps the tallest shortstop in all of college baseball, standing at 6-foot-6, Pinero’s proven capable of handling the up-the-middle defensive duties at the highest of level with range to either side and easy above average arm strength on throws across.
Pinero is a two-time draft pick, the most recent coming in 2015, and he’ll come off the board much higher after this spring. He packs plenty of strength and leverage into his right-handed swing, and though he hasn’t hit as many home runs this spring he’s shown a more advanced approach which has resulted in both a higher batting average and on-base percentage.