Detroit Tigers prospect Bryant Packard knows most first basemen aren't athletic. He knows the position is best fit for a 25-plus home run type of guy. They're supposed to inflict fear as the third or fourth hitter in the lineup.
And Packard needs to become that player.
He was an outfielder for three years at East Carolina. Selected in the fifth round (No. 137 overall) in the 2019 draft by the Tigers, he manned left field in Low-A Connecticut, Single-A West Michigan and High-A Lakeland. Sure, there were signs he might move to first base.