Tigers Look For Hidden Gems in Late Rounds of MLB Draft
After more than 1,200 names were called, the MLB draft concluded on Wednesday and let's be honest. Even the most dedicated followers of their baseball clubs probably weren't paying too much attention. It's a symptom of having such a long season, combined with the sheer overwhelming number of rounds and draft picks. Not to mention the draft comes during the actual MLB season. The only major sport to do that.
With that in mind though, the Tigers made all of their selections and welcome 41 new members into the Detroit system. Though there will definitely be some, as there is everywhere in the big leagues, who do not sign with their drafted clubs, that's neither here nor there. As it stands, Detroit owns the rights to these 41 guys and we might as well take a look at them and see what they can bring.
The only real "story" that came about during day three of the Tigers draft was pick 760. In the 25th round the Tigers selected Ryan Castellanos from Nova Southeastern University, brother of current Tiger Nick Castellanos. What's even better is that Nick got to announce the drafting of Ryan over the MLB's conference call to facilitate the draft. From Chris Iott of MLive when Nick was asked about it he just said "it was freakin' awesome."
As for the rest of the picks you can catch up on notable picks with this helpful guide written by MLB.com's Jason Beck. Lots of college commits that the Tigers drafted, will they return to college and re-enter the draft, or give Detroit a shot? Time will only tell.
My favorites from the piece are how Beau Burrows would be due over $2 million because of being selected first round, number 22 overall. Many believe he will turn pro because of it and forego his commitment to Texas A&M.
Also an interesting note the Tigers third selection Tyler Alexander (TCU, #65 overall) was previously drafted by the Tigers two years ago. Alexander turned the Tigers down to play ball at TCU. He was a 23rd round selection of the Tigers in 2013.
Cam Vieaux, a left handed pitcher and Blaise Salter, a first baseman both were drafted out of Michigan State, joining teammate Cam Gibson as a trio of Spartans join the Tigers organization. Vieaux was drafted in the 19th round, Slater in the 31st.
Want to make any judgments for yourself? Check out the draft profiles of some of the other late round Tigers draft choices, provided by the MLB:
14th Round, A.J. Simcox (SS, Tennessee)
29th Round, Dayton Dugas (OF, Sam Houston HS, (LA))
30th Round, Cole McKay (RHP, Smithson Valley HS (TX))
38th Round, Bryant Harris (CF, Luella HS (GA))
40th Round, Jackson Kowar (RHP, Charlotte Christian School (NC))
With that, the MLB draft has come and gone. You may now resume your typical schedule of baseball ingestion now that we are in the dog days of summer.