Liniak, whose uncle Cole played in the big leagues and father Justin was drafted by the Rockies, had missed most of his junior season with a broken hand and was then rusty on the summer showcase circuit. He was able to shake that off during a strong senior season, putting him more firmly on the prospect map. The Tigers nabbed him in the fourth round of the 2018 Draft and gave him a well above pick value bonus of $900,000 to sign him away from his University of San Diego commitment.
Long and lanky, Liniak has some serious raw tools to grow into. He will need to add strength to his frame to help his bat come along, which will be a bit of a project, and not everyone loves his setup at the plate. There is bat speed and raw power to tap into and his 6-foot-2 frame should be able to handle good weight. His plus speed helps him on both sides of the ball and he runs even better once underway, which allows him to cover a ton of ground in the outfield. He has a strong arm to boot, one which would work from a corner, but he has the tools to stick in center field.
Patience will be the key for the Tigers' player development staff as it will take time for Liniak's raw tools to turn into consistent production. The end result could be a pretty dynamic up-the-middle player, so the wait could be worth it.
CF Kingston Liniak assigned to Connecticut Tigers from West Michigan Whitecaps.
CF Kingston Liniak assigned to West Michigan Whitecaps from Connecticut Tigers.
CF Kingston Liniak assigned to Connecticut Tigers from GCL Tigers West.
CF Kingston Liniak assigned to GCL Tigers West from GCL Tigers East.
OF Kingston Liniak assigned to GCL Tigers East from GCL Tigers West.