Pick 78: Tyler Gentry, OF Alabama
We talked briefly at the top about why Seattle may not be itching to draft an outfielder with one of their 6 selections. But we also talked about not passing up good talents when they top the board just because of the position they play. Tyler Gentry falls into that category and could be a steal with the 78th selection.
The right-handed bat has plus raw power that he has started to carry into games and an aggressive approach that needs to be fine-tuned. Both his hit and power tools carry average grades currently, with the opportunity to improve both by showing a bit more discipline.
Aside from his offensive upside. Gentry also offers solid speed and arm strength and has the defensive chops to handle center field, although he may wind up in right field. Gentry shows 20 home run power with a chance for more.
It may take some time, but there are quite a few similarities between Gentry’s game and the game of current Mariners right fielder Mitch Haniger. While there is work to be done, Gentry has the floor of a right-handed platoon partner who can handle centerfield if needed. At his best, he is an everyday outfielder offering above-average tools across the board. If selected, Gentry would slide just outside our Top 10 Mariners prospects list.