We’ll use this post to track the draft. I’ll be largely unavailable this afternoon/evening, but will try to chime in.
First Round: Ryan Perry RHP Arizona
The Tigers went with collegiate right hander Ryan Perry with their first round selection. Perry has a high 90′s fastball, a change up and a slider. He’s 6′ 4″, 200lbs and 21 years old.
He pitched as a reliever, but we’ll see if the Tigers keep him in the pen or if they make a starter out of him.
Baseball America thinks that if he signs quickly he could be in the Tigers pen later this year.
Baseball Prospectus notes the following about Perry:
Perry is a story, let me tell you. Ryan Perry was, simply, not good enough to earn an invitation to the Cape Cod League last summer. However, when a different Arizona reliever needed to drop out of the league, Arizona coach Andy Lopez pushed for the Orleans Cardinals to take Perry instead. They did, and Perry might not have thrown a fastball less than 95 mph all summer.
Catcher target Jason Castro went early. And relievers Josh Fields and Andrew Cashner went in the 2 picks prior to the Tigers.
Analysis: Take it with a grain of salt because I’m not particularly informed. But with Casey Kelly and Shooter Hunt still on the board I would have preferred going a different direction. Perry got rocked as a starter this year and if they spent the pick on a reliever I’m disappointed.
Second Round: Cody Satterwhite RHP Mississippi
Satterwhite sounds a lot like Perry. He’a a 6’4″ college junior with electric stuff, but who has gotten hit a little more than he should. He pitches in the low to mid 90′s and has a good but inconsistent slider along with an inconsistent delivery.
Third Round: Scott Green RHP Kentucky
An even bigger right hander at 6′ 7″ but this seems to be a full potential pick. He hasn’t put together a solid track record at the collegiate level. His fastball is high 80′s to low 90′s with a meh slider and below average change. Oh, and he’s had TJ surgery already. I don’t really get this pick.
Fourth Round: Brett Jacobson RHP Vanderbilt
Hey, it’s a big tall (6-6) right handed college pitcher. A high 80′s fast ball with deception and a big curve and decent change.
Fifth Round: Alexander Avila C Alabama-Tuscaloosa
Yes, that is the son of Al Avila. BA says he’s being drafted more for his bat which has good power potential.
Sixth Round: Tyler Stohr RHP North Florida
Yeah, another collegiate right hander who struggled in the rotation and had some success in the pen.