Players signed indicated in Bold
|The Tigers spent heavily to sign high school pitchers Rick Porcello ($7 million contract in the first round) and Casey Crosby ($748,500 in the fifth) in 2007, and thought they also met the $800,000 asking price of Loux, their 24th-rounder. He changed his mind about signing and instead opted to attend Texas A&M, where his 2009 season was halted by bone chips in his elbow. After having the chips removed, Loux is healthy again and racking up strikeouts with a 90-92 mph fastball that touches 95. The 6-foot-5, 220-pounder throws with such ease that his fastball appears even harder. If he had a standout second pitch, he'd be a first-round pick, but he may have to settle for the sandwich round because his curveball and changeup are merely effective. His curveball was his best pitch in high school but hasn't been as sharp since his elbow surgery. He'll show an average changeup, though not on a consistent basis. Some teams have medical concerns about Loux, who missed two months of his high school senior season with a tender shoulder.
|Another good senior sign is Brodie Greene, who spooked teams when he showed little interest in signing a year ago. He would have gone in the first 10 rounds otherwise, but fell to the Phillies in the 37th. He's a versatile 6-foot-1, 195-pound athlete, he has started at every position but catcher and first base in four years at Texas A&M. A switch-hitter with plus speed, Greene makes consistent line-drive contact and has gap power. With his bat and average arm and range, he profiles best at second base. Scouts love his makeup, which he showed a year ago when he missed just a week after getting beaned and needing 10 stitches and multiple root canals to save several teeth.