The MLB Draft is cute. It wants to be more than it is, which is why it was moved to a prime time spot a number of years ago, however they still don’t have the kinks worked out.
Whereas the first day of the NFL Draft concludes when Round 1 ends, the MLB Draft continues on through Round 2 on the first day, which means teams like the Detroit Tigers, picking in the latter portions of each round, are drafting late into the night.
Shortly after 11:30 p.m. last night, the Tigers made their second pick of the MLB Draft, selecting Spencer Turnbull, a right-handed pitcher from Alabama. It was the 63rd overall pick and came a couple of hours (and 40 picks) after selecting Derek Hill with their first round pick (23rd overall).
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The Tigers surprised some by passing on Nick Burdi, who was
. The Louisville product slipped out of the first round and landed in the lap of division rival Minnesota, selecting him with the 46th pick.
Detroit felt they could pass on a pitcher in the first round, after years of going pitcher heavy at that spot, because there is a lot of depth in strong arms this year.
Turnbull is 6-foot-3, weighing in at 230 pounds. As a junior for the Crimson Tide this past season, the right-hander posted a 2.22 ERA and allowed opponents to hit just .192 against him. He fanned 61 in 93+ innings.
Per James Schmehl of MLive, his former coach has nothing but positive things to say about him.
"“Spencer has been a horse, he has taken the ball every weekend, he’s never missed a start, he’s never had an injury,” Alabama coach Mitch Gaspard told The Tuscaloosa News earlier this week. “It’s a legitimate 95 miles per hour every time he goes out there. That’s going to interest every pro scout out there.”"
The draft will continue with rounds 3-10 on Friday and Rounds 11-40 (yikes) will take place on Saturday.