Detroit Tigers Draft Even More Pitchers in Rounds 5 & 6


This tweet from Baseball America’s JJ Cooper sums up the Tigers’ draft so far:

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

"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.