• Full name Francis Dillon Dingler
  • Born 09/17/1998 in Massillon, OH
  • Profile Ht.: 6'3" / Wt.: 210 / Bats: R / Throws: R
  • School Ohio State
  • Drafted in the 2nd round (38th overall) by the Detroit Tigers in 2020 (signed for $1,952,300).
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    Dingler has been a regular in Ohio State’s lineup since he first set foot on campus in Columbus. As a freshman he showed impressive defensive versatility at two premium positions, playing both catcher and center field. He settled in as the team’s starting catcher during his sophomore season, and scouts believe in his catch-and-throw skills and athleticism behind the plate. A natural leader and a captain for the Buckeyes, Dingler has big league arm strength, and over 115 total games with Ohio State threw out 21 of the 42 (50 percent) runners who attempted to steal against him. He has a strong, 6-foot-3, 222-pound frame that would be durable enough to handle the grind of the position, and he’s more athletic than most backstops with that sort of size. Offensively, Dingler was just starting to tap into his potential, improving year over year. He improved his OPS from .701 as a freshman to .816 as a sophomore, and through 10 games in 2020 upped that mark to 1.164 with five home runs, a triple and four doubles through 35 at-bats. Dingler has always controlled the strike zone well throughout his Big 10 career (12.8 strikeout percentage, 11.6 walk percentage) but never really showed the ability to tap into his above-average raw power consistently in games. Some scouts believe he’s more of an ambush power hitter, who ran into his homers, and now without a full junior season to see if that is true, they’ll have to guess. With a strong offensive 2020 season, Dingler had the potential to go in the first two rounds. As it stands now he could go late on day one or early on day two.

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  • Erie SeaWolves sent C Dillon Dingler on a rehab assignment to Lakeland Flying Tigers.
  • Erie SeaWolves placed C Dillon Dingler on the 7-day injured list.
  • Erie SeaWolves activated C Dillon Dingler from the 7-day injured list.
  • Erie SeaWolves sent C Dillon Dingler on a rehab assignment to Lakeland Flying Tigers.
  • C Dillon Dingler roster status changed by Detroit Tigers.
  • Detroit Tigers invited non-roster C Dillon Dingler to spring training.

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