June 20, 2011; Omaha, NE, USA; Vanderbilt Commodores runner Connor Harrell (20) is congratulated by his teammates after scoring a run against the Florida Gators during the 2011 College World Series at TD Ameritrade Park. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Thorson-USA TODAY Sports
The Detroit Tigers made three selections on Day One of the 2013 MLB Draft — Thursday — and took a college pitcher with each pick:
1st Round: Jonathan Crawford, RHP (Florida)
Competitive Balance Round A: Corey Knebel, RHP (Texas)
2nd Round: Kevin Ziomek, LHP (Vanderbilt)
The second day began with the Tigers continuing that trend — their first four selections on Friday (rounds three through six) were used on college arms making them 7-for-7 in pitching picks to that point.
3rd Round: Jeffrey Thompson, RHP (Louisville)
4th Round: Austin Kubitza, RHP (Rice)
5th Round: Buck Farmer, RHP (Georgia Tech)
6th Round: Calvin Drummond, RHP (Arizona Christian)
Detroit finally broke their all-pitching trend in the seventh round with their selection of Connor Harrell, a CF from Vanderbilt. The Tigers actually drafted Harrell last year with a much later pick, but he elected to return to school to improve his draft stock. From MLB.com:
"Harrell began to put it together this spring and is one of the better college seniors in the Draft. Listed at 6-foot-3, 215 pounds, he is physical and has above-average speed. Harrell has good power, but it comes with a lot of swing-and-miss. Harrell has a good arm and enough range to continue manning center field as a professional."
In the eighth and ninth rounds, however, it was back to pitching for the Tigers with their selections of Zach Reininger, a junior college right-hander, and Will LaMarche, a right-handed draft eligible sophomore from LSU.
Detroit took their second position player of the draft in the tenth round with the selection of Kasey Coffman, a center fielder from Arizona State.
Summary of their first eleven picks: (8) right-handed college pitchers, (1) left-handed college pitcher, and (2) college center fielders.
The draft resumes (and concludes) on Saturday at 1 PM with rounds 11-40. We’re well past the point at which draft picks are expected to be not only impact major leaguers, but major leaguers at all.