Tigers draft 3B Nick Castellanos and RHP Chance Ruffin

Texas closer Chance Ruffin was drafted #48 overall by the Tigers

The Detroit Tigers drafted third baseman Nick Castellanos and right-handed relief pitcher Chance Ruffin with the 44th and 48th overall picks in the 2010 MLB draft.

Castellanos is a high schooler from Florida with a commitment to attend the University of Miami if he chooses not to go pro.  He was ranked as a top 20 draft prospect by both Baseball America and Perfect Game, but fell to number 44 because of his reportedly high signing bonus demands.  Draft expert Andy Seiler says Castellanos’ best tool is his bat, as he is a switch-hitter with plus power potential and hitting ability.

Castellanos will probably not play minor league baseball in 2010 as his contract negotiations will likely drag out until the August 16 draft pick signing deadline.

Ruffin could play for the Connecticut Tigers this season, but it will not be until his college team, the University of Texas, is eliminated from the NCAA tournament.  Texas is a serious contender for the College World Series championship, so Ruffin might not report to Connecticut until early July or later.  As an advanced college arm, Ruffin may skip Connecticut and debut in West Michigan or Lakeland.

Seiler says Ruffin throws a 91-93 mph fastball that touches 95 mph, a plus slider, a solid-average curveball and a fringy changeup that might be dropped in pro ball.

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