As time permits, I’ll update the Tigers draft picks throughout the day. I will caution though that this isn’t my area of expertise. Any opinions or thoughts expressed are those I’ve gleaned from others.
UPDATE: Darn work kept me away from this all day. I’ll get caught up on the picks for the sake of completeness, but for more player detail check out the excellent work compiled by Kurt on Andrew Miller and the rest.
- Andrew Miller – LHP 6′ 6″ 210 lbs – North Carolina
Miller is the highest rate player on Baseball America’s list. He fell to the Tigers due mostly to signability issues. His pitching repertoire is outlined by BA:
At 6-foot-7 and 210 pounds, Miller has an ideal frame with a clean delivery and easy arm action. His fastball registers consistently in the 93-95 mph range and can touch the upper 90s. Miller also has a major league offering with a mid-80s slider with a sharp bite.
BA also projects him to be in a major league rotation by 2007.
It’s nice once again to see the Tigers not scared off by a player’s bonus demands. They are thinking and acting like a big market team. Here’s hoping they sign him quickly, or at let’s hope there are shorter negotiations than Cameron Maybin and Justin Verlanders.
- Ronnie Bourquin 3B 6-3 210 L/R 21 Ohio State U. Canton, OH
Bourquin wasn’t on BA’s top 200 list, so it might seem like a reach. Yet the BA guys liked the pick of the Big Ten Player of the Year
Tigers Steal Another One
2:59 p.m.: The Tigers found a nice value when Andrew Miller dropped to them in the first round, and might have landed another gem in the second in Ohio State third baseman Ronnie Bourquin. He led the Big 10 with a .416 average, .612 slugging percentage, .492 on-base percentage and 66 RBIs. He’s the highest-drafted Buckeye since the A’s grabbed Nick Swisher in the first round (16th overall) in 2002.
- Brennan Boesch CF 6-6 210 L/L 21 UC-Berkeley Santa Monica, CA
Two consecutive left handed sluggers for the Tigers. He ranked #125 on BA’s list.
- Ryan Strieby 1B 6-5 235 R/R 20 U. of Kentucky Seattle, WA
- Scott Sizemore SS 6-0 185 R/R 21 Virginia Commonwealth Chesepeake, VA
- Jordan Newton C 5-10 195 R/R 20 Western Kentucky U. Elizabethtown, KY
- Jonah Nickerson RHP 6-1 200 R/R 21 Oregon State U. Casper, WY
- Chris Cody LHP 6-1 195 L/L 22 Manhattan College Brewster, NY
- Zach Piccola LHP 6-4 240 R/L 21 U. of South Alabama Nashua, NH
- Lauren Gagnier RHP 6-2 215 R/R 22 Cal St. Fullerton Santa Cruz, CA
- Russell Parrott 2B 6-1 195 R/R 18 Desert Mountain HS West Bloomfield, MI
- Joseph Bowen C 6-1 190 S/R 18 Vanguard HS Ocala, FL
- Angel Castro RHP 5-11 200 R/R 23 Western Oklahoma St. Dominican Republic
- Brett Jensen RHP 6-7 190 R/R 22 U. of Nebraska Eagle Grove, IA
- Franco Valdes C 5-10 200 S/R 17 Monsignor Edward Pace HS Miami, FL
- Jeffrey Gerbe RHP 6-3 200 R/R 21 Michigan State U. Detroit, MI
- Ben Petralli C 6-2 175 S/R 20 Sacramento CC Weatherford, TX
You may remember that the Tigers drafted Petralli in the 15ht round last year.
- Deik Scram CF 6-0 170 L/R 20 Oklahoma State U. Arkansas City, KS