This tweet from Baseball America’s JJ Cooper sums up the Tigers’ draft so far:
Tigers now 7 for 7 on taking college pitchers. Org was thin in pitching prospects, but think this may be going too far.
— JJ Cooper (@jjcoop36) June 7, 2013
After taking college juniors with their first five picks, the Tigers changed things up by taking a college senior with their sixth pick (5th round, 156th overall) in Georgia Tech right hander Buck Farmer. From MLB.com:
A strong, durable workhorse type, Farmer will mix four Major League average or better pitches. His fastball may top out at around 91 mph, but it seems faster thanks to an above-average changeup that’s a legitimate weapon. Add in a sharp slider and a curve that shows sign of being a usable second breaking ball and you have the makings of a solid middle-of-the-rotation-type starter.
In the sixth round, the Tigers selected Calvin Drummond, a right-handed pitcher out of Arizona Christian University. The MLB scouting report:
he was declared ineligible at San Diego and transferred to Arizona Christian this year, only to find himself ineligible there as well. Drummond hasn’t pitched in a game this year, but scouts have watched his regular bullpen sessions. His stuff hasn’t suffered and his fastball sits in the mid-90s. He mixes it with a good slider, as well as a curveball and changeup. Drummond has the stuff to be a starter, but he is already 23 and could be fast-tracked as a reliever.
Here’s some video of Drummond pitching:
Interesting to note: of the seven players drafted by the Tigers thus far, only one, Kevin Ziomek, is younger than top prospect Nick Castellanos – and even then Ziomek is only younger by a matter of weeks.