- Full name Izack Mitchell Tiger
- Born 02/08/2001 in Del City, OK
- Profile Ht.: 6'2" / Wt.: 185 / Bats: R / Throws: R
- School Butler CC
Drafted in the 7th round (201st overall) by the Texas Rangers in 2023 (signed for $180,000).
View Draft ReportTiger is an athletic, 6-foot-2 righthander who saw his draft stock jump after an excellent 2023 spring and a brief Cape Cod League stint. He posted a 3.23 ERA with 121 strikeouts in 84.2 innings. Tiger’s fastball sits in the mid 90s with life up in the zone. Tiger pairs his heater with a high-80s power slider with sharp, downward bite. He moves well on the mound and while there is some reliever risk, Tiger has intriguing upside and the potential to stick in a rotation.
Organization Prospect Rankings
BA Grade: 50/Extreme
Track Record: The Rangers have not been shy about hunting for upside in the draft, and Tiger is one of their latest projects. The righthander spent three seasons at Butler (KS) JC, where he caught the eye of area scout Dustin Smith, whose intrigue was piqued further by Tiger’s short stint in the Cape Cod League in 2022. In his draft season, Tiger whiffed 121 hitters against just 29 walks in 84.2 innings. Texas took Tiger in the seventh round in 2023 and sent him for a quick stint in the Arizona Complex League before he moved to Low-A for the playoffs, where he struck out six hitters over three hitless frames.
Scouting Report: Tiger works mostly with three pitches: a mid-90s fastball, a hard-diving slider in the high-80s and a splitter that serves as his changeup. The righthander used to throw a circle changeup but the Rangers believed his delivery--with its overhand stroke--was better suited for a splitter. The fastball played up in relief and touched 100 mph in the playoffs. He’s also utilized a low-90s cutter that grades out as fringe-average. Tiger is an above-average mover on the mound and has the arm action and delivery to give him the upside of a starter if he can add the requisite polish. He has fringe-average control.
The Future: Tiger is likely to spend 2024 at the Class A levels, where he will work toward a ceiling in the rotation with the fallback option of a weapon out of the bullpen.
Scouting Grades Fastball: 60 | Slider: 60 | Changeup: 55 | Cutter: 45 | Control: 45
School: Butler (Kan.) JC Committed/Drafted: Never Drafted
Tiger was back for a third year at Butler because of the corornavirus pandemic. He’s a promising, projectable and loose-armed righthander. He sits 90-94 mph with his fastball and mixes in a fringe-average slider and changeup. A team looking to develop a still projectable arm could view him as a late-round flier.