College players previously drafted by Tigers

If a team likes a player enough to draft him once, they might like him enough to draft him a second time.  Here is a look, in alphabetical order, of some of the several players in the 2010 draft class that have been drafted by the Tigers in the past.

Craig Fritsch, RHP, Baylor: The strong-armed right-hander was selected by the Tigers in the 8th round of the 2009 draft as a draft-eligible sophomore.  Despite inconsistent results, Fritsch was an intriguing selection thanks to his low-to-mid 90s fastball.  This season, he has a 3.59 ERA in 52.2 innings pitched and 40 strikeouts as Baylor’s Sunday starter.

Chris Hernandez, LHP, Miami: Hernandez was selected by the Tigers in the 14th round of the 2007 draft, but he elected to honor his commitment to Miami rather than sign a professional contract.  He is a finesse left-hander with excellent command and pitchability.  In 82.2 innings pitched this season, Hernandez has a 2.94 ERA and 91 strikeouts.

Barret Loux, RHP, Texas A&M: Loux was drafted by the Tigers in the 24th round of the 2007 draft, but chose to attend Texas A&M.  With a fastball that touches the mid 90s and good command of four pitches, he has a chance to be a first round pick this season.  Loux has 119 strikeouts and a 2.53 ERA in 89 innings pitched as Texas A&M’s Friday starter.

Kevin Rhoderick, RHP, Oregon State: Rhoderick was selected by the Tigers in the 18th round of the 2007 draft.  He has excelled this season as Oregon State’s closer, posting a 3.71 ERA and 30 strikeouts in 26.2 innings pitched.

Matt Thompson, RHP, San Diego: Thompson was selected by the Tigers in the 12th round of the 2009 draft.  He decided to return to San Diego for his senior season, where he has been a key cog in the Toreros’ bullpen, recording 52 strikeouts in 38 innings pitched.  As a college senior, Thompson should be a fairly easy sign for the team that drafts him this year.

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