Tigers draft wrap-up: Day 2

Here is a look at the 29 players the Tigers selected on day two of the 2010 MLB draft.  Connecticut Tigers fans should pay special attention to the college players, many of whom will play at Dodd Stadium this summer.

Drew Smyly/Photo courtesy of HawgsIllustrated.com

Round 2: Drew Smyly, LHP, Arkansas– Smyly throws a 90-93 mph fastball and has shown an ability to hold that velocity deep in games, hitting 93 on the radar gun in the ninth inning against Georgia on April 16.  According to MLB.com’s Draft Tracker, Smyly also throws an average curveball, an 84-86 mph cutter and a changeup.  He could be assigned to Connecticut when he signs, but he will be a late arrival because his Arkansas Razorbacks have advanced to the NCAA Super Regionals.

Round 3: Rob Brantly, C, UC Riverside– Brantly has shown the ability to hit with wooden bats as he led the Northwoods League in batting average in 2009.  He should stick behind the plate and has good offensive upside.  Assuming he signs, Brantly is a possibility for the Connecticut Tigers roster, but he may be assigned to a full-season club considering the dearth of catching talent in the Tigers’ minor league system.

Round 4: Cole Green, RHP, TexasBaseball America says Green throws an 88-92 mph fastball, a sinking changeup that is “devastating against lefthanded hitters” and a slider.  Green has been a force for Texas this season as is among the best pitchers in college baseball.  Like fellow Tigers draftee and Longhorns teammate Chance Ruffin, Green is a candidate to be assigned to the Connecticut Tigers, but he will not sign a pro contract until Texas finishes its NCAA tournament run.

Round 5: Alexander Burgos, LHP, State College of Florida Manatee-Sarasota– Draft expert Andy Seiler says Burgos throws an 89-91 mph fastball, an above-average curveball with sharp break, an above-average changeup and a slider.  He has excellent command of all of his pitches, but his lack of velocity limits his upside.  Burgos will likely be assigned to Connecticut when he signs.

Round 6: Bryan Holaday, C, TCUSeiler says Holaday is an excellent defensive catcher with above-average arm strength.  Offensively, Seiler says Holaday is a gap hitter with below-average power.  He projects as a backup catcher at the big league level and is a candidate to spend time with the Connecticut Tigers this season.

Round 7: Corey Jones, 2B, Cal State-Fullerton– Jones improved his draft stock last summer by hitting well with wooden bats in the Northwoods League and winning the league MVP award.  Patrick Ebert of Perfect Game USA says Jones’ best attributes are his bat speed and his approach to hitting, while scouts question his power potential.  He will likely be assigned to Connecticut if he signs.

Round 8: Patrick Leyland, C, Bishop Canevin HS (Pa.)– The son of Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland, Patrick will likely be assigned to the Gulf Coast League if he signs.  If not, he will attend the University of Maryland.

Round 9: Tony Plagman, 1B, Georgia Tech– Plagman is a power-hitting first baseman, but some think he will struggle with the transition from metal to wooden bats.  He should be an easy sign as a college senior and will likely be assigned to Connecticut.

Round 10: Cole Nelson, LHP, Auburn– Nelson has a huge frame at 6-foot-7 and 233 pounds.  Baseball America says he throws an 89-92 mph fastball and a good breaking ball.  He will likely be assigned to Connecticut if he signs.

Round 11: Brian Dupra, RHP, Notre DameEbert says Dupra throws a 91-94 mph fastball, a slider and a curveball.  He will likely be a part of the Connecticut Tigers’ starting rotation if he signs.

Round 12: Kyle Ryan, LHP, Auburndale Senior HS (Fla.)Baseball America says he throws an 87-89 mph fastball that has touched 90 mph and a slurvy breaking ball.  Considering his lanky 6-foot-5 180 pound frame, Ryan should add velocity as he matures.  If he signs, he will probably be assigned to the GCL Tigers.

Round 13: P.J. Polk, OF, Tennessee– Polk is an undersized left fielder at 5-foot-9 and 170 pounds, but he has been a productive player during his career at Tennessee.  He will likely be assigned to Connecticut if he signs.

Round 14: Patrick Cooper, RHP, Bradley– Cooper’s arsenal includes a fastball, slider and changeup.  According to the Bradley Braves Examiner, Cooper’s fastball was 90-93 mph last summer in the Cape Cod League, but his velocity regressed to the high 80s this spring.  He could be a tough sign, as he may want to return to Bradley for his senior season to improve his draft stock.  If he signs, Cooper will probably head to Connecticut.

Round 15: Collin Kuhn, OF, Arkansas– Kuhn has been surging lately, as he was named MVP of the Fayetteville Regional after going 7-for-17 with four home runs over the weekend. If he signs, he will be a late arrival to a minor league team as Arkansas has advanced to the NCAA Super Regionals.

Round 16: Jordan Pratt, RHP, Arkansas– Another Razorback, Pratt is a relief pitcher who will probably be assigned to Connecticut when Arkansas’ season ends.

Round 17: Drew Gagnier, RHP, OregonAccording to The Baseball Northwest Blog, Gagnier throws a fastball that gets up to 93 mph and a splitter.  He is an important part of Oregon’s bullpen and is the younger brother of L.J. Gagnier, who is a pitcher with the Toledo Mud Hens.

Round 18: Josh Ashenbrenner, 2B, Lewis-Clark State

Round 19: Jeff Rowland, OF, Georgia Tech– Rowland is a left-handed hitter with leadoff skills.  He is also a good defender in center field.

Round 20: Tyler White, RHP, Alabama– Alabama head coach Mitch Gaspard told BamaMag.com that White throws his fastball between 90 and 94 miles per hour.  He is a relief pitcher.

Round 21: James Meador, OF, San Diego– Meador led San Diego in multiple offensive categories this season, but missed the NCAA tournament after fracturing his left hand.

Round 22: Jake Hernandez, C, Los Osos HS (Calif.)– Hernandez is an excellent defensive catcher, but there are questions about his bat.  ESPN’s Keith Law ranked him the fourth best catcher in the draft, but it will be tough to pry him away from his college commitment to USC.

Round 23: Dominic Ficociello, SS, Fullerton HS (Calif.)– Like Hernandez, Ficociello will be difficult to sign.  Baseball America says he has excellent bat speed, which allows him to generate power despite his skinny frame.

Round 24: Tyler Clark, RHP, MissouriThe Columbia Daily Tribune says Clark throws his fastball in the low 90s.

Round 25: Shawn Teufel, LHP, LibertyBaseball America says Teufel “has a solid four-pitch mix and can run his fastball up to 90-91 at times.”  He is the son of former major leaguer Tim Teufel.

Round 26: Jeff Ferrell, RHP, Pitt CCA scout told Star News Online that Ferrell has a good changeup.  He is a relief pitcher with good size at 6-foot-3.

Round 27: Les Smith, OF, St. Louis CC Meramec

Round 28: Jack Duffey, LHP, The Heritage School (Ga.)

Round 29: Chris Joyce, LHP, Central Arizona College– Joyce was the tenth round draft pick of the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2008.

Round 30: Logan Hoch, LHP, Wichita State– Hoch is a senior lefty reliever who should be an easy sign.

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One Comment on “Tigers draft wrap-up: Day 2”

  1. David Tokarz Says:

    Interesting stuff on Kyle Ryan… he actually looks like a prototypical Chadd pick, just a tad younger. I really hope we have the budget to sign Hernandez and Ficociello too- they’d be nice additions to the system.


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