Possible Tigers draft targets: college pitchers

Jason Avery, Associate Editor of TigsTown.com, recently posted his thoughts on which players the Tigers might target with their top two draft picks (#44 and #48 overall).  College players should be of particular interest to Connecticut Tigers fans as they are the most likely to be assigned to Connecticut.

Texas A&M RHP Barret Loux/Photo courtesy of Stuart Villanueva/The Eagle

Considering the Tigers recent philosophy of drafting pitchers early and often, Avery singled out several college pitchers who may be available when the Tigers are on the clock, including Texas A&M right-hander Barret Loux, Georgia right-hander Justin Grimm, Texas Tech right-hander Chad Bettis and former Kentucky left-hander James Paxton.

Loux has a history with the Tigers as they selected him in the 24th round of the 2007 draft when he was a senior in high school.  His fastball sits in the low 90s and he has good command of a four pitch arsenal (fastball, changeup, curveball and slider).  Here’s a link to a scouting report from mlb.com.

Grimm has not had an great season statistically, but he has the size and stuff to be a high draft pick.  He occasionally gets his fastball up to 95 mph, but is more consistently in the 90-93 mph range.  He also throws a hard curveball and a changeup.  Here’s his mlb.com scouting report.

Bettis throws his fastball in the low-to-mid 90s and he has a hard slider, but his lack of a third pitch means he probably projects best as a reliever.  Here’s his mlb.com scouting report.

Paxton is another hard-thrower, but he has not pitched this spring after leaving Kentucky amid concerns about his NCAA eligibility.  He is advised by Scott Boras, but that does not seem to bother the Tigers, who have drafted many Boras advisees in recent years.

Other college pitchers Avery does not mention that may interest the Tigers include Tennessee left-hander Bryan Morgado, San Diego left-hander Sammy Solis and UCLA left-hander Rob Rasmussen.

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