MLB Draft: Detroit Tigers Day Two Wrap


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

"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.