Detroit Tigers

Players signed indicated in Bold

Round Overall Player Position School State Bonus
2 91 Jake Thompson RHP Rockwall-Heath HS, Heath, Texas Texas $531,800
Thompson is having the best spring and is believed to be the most signable of the top players in a strong Texas Christian recruiting class that also includes Mitchell Traver and Austin Aune. He originally committed to Nebraska, then changed his mind after the Cornhuskers fired coach Mike Anderson. Strong and physical at 6-foot-4 and 235 pounds, Thompson pitches at 88-92 mph and touches 94, and he holds his velocity deep into games. He has improved his slider this spring, giving him a second plus pitch at times, though it lacks depth at others. His stuff and consistency should improve once he focuses on pitching. He also plays first base for Rockwall-Heath and offers plenty of righthanded power potential, though his future definitely is on the mound.
3 121 Austin Schotts SS Centennial HS, Frisco, Texas Texas $389,100
Like Cory Raley, Schotts is a speedy Texas high school shortstop who has starred on the gridiron (in his case, as a safety) and shot up draft boards after not drawing much attention before this spring. He's more advanced at the plate, while Raley has a better chance of sticking at shortstop. Five-foot-11 and 180 pounds, Schotts has a sound righthanded swing and more pop than the typical middle infielder. His power gets him into trouble at times when he lets his stroke get too big. A well above-average runner, Schotts covers enough ground at shortstop, but his fringy arm doesn't fit on the left side of the diamond. He could move to second base and has the speed for center field. He's committed to Oklahoma State.
4 154 Drew VerHagen RHP Vanderbilt Tenn. $392,500
VerHagen has found success at Vanderbilt, his third school in three seasons. He played at Oklahoma as a freshman and helped Navarro (Texas) JC win the NJCAA World Series last season before coming on down the stretch as a junior for the Commodores. Scouts don't like his arm action, which hinders the consistency of his breaking ball. VerHagen's positives start with his 6-foot-6, 225-pound frame and good fastball, which consistently hits 95 as a starter or as a reliever. His lack of a breaking ball results in a weak strikeout rate (34 in 62 innings).
5 184 Joe Rogers LHP Central Florida Fla. $211,900
Rogers identifies Giants closer Brian Wilson as one of his favorite players, and he's had a Wilson-esque career at Central Florida, with plenty of saves but also bouts of inconsistency. The 6-foot-1, 200-pound southpaw was much more reliable as a junior, throwing more strikes with two pitches that earn 55 grades from scouts. He has an 88-92 mph fastball with lift that he commands much better than he did in the past, and a curveball he can bury or throw for strikes. Rogers has flashed a changeup, and some scouts would love to see him give starting a chance because his arm is clean and he repeats his delivery.
6 214 Jordan John LHP Oklahoma Okla. $135,000
John was a rare draft-eligible freshman a year ago, when the Astros selected him in the 28th round. He turned 19 and had Tommy John surgery shortly after graduating from high school in 2009, then redshirted in 2010 while recovering from his elbow reconstruction. The 6-foot-3, 205-pounder began this spring as Oklahoma's closer but quickly asserted himself as the Sooners' No. 1 starter. He doesn't have a plus pitch but hitters don't get good swings against his 86-88 mph fastball, curveball, slider and changeup. He gets good life on his fastball, which tops out at 90 mph, and his clean delivery allows him to command all four offerings.
7 244 Hudson Randall RHP Florida Fla. $142,000
Randall has been Florida's ace for three seasons without owning a pitch that's plus on a pro scouting scale. What he has that's above-average is command and life on all his pitches. He cuts, sinks and runs his fastball to all four quadrants of the strike zone, a must because it tops out at 88-90 mph. The 6-foot-3, 180-pounder throws a changeup with similar action and throws strikes with his curve and cutter-type slider. He missed time with a dead arm this spring, but his performance (2.70 ERA, just 41 BB in 296 career IP) could get him off the board early.
8 274 Jeff McVaney OF/LHP Texas State Texas $35,000
McVaney originally came to Texas State to play fullback but concentrated solely on baseball after his freshman year. He's a 6-foot-2, 210-pounder with an efficient righthanded stroke and some power potential. He's an average runner with good arm strength, and he runs his fastball into the low 90s as a lefthanded reliever. He went undrafted as a junior in 2011. His father John is a minority owner of the Astros.
9 304 Jake Stewart OF Stanford Calif. $125,000
Stewart was a phenomenal athlete coming out of Rocky Mountain High (Fort Collins, Colo.), but even then we wrote that there were questions about his bat. Three years later, Stewart isn't the same athlete he was out of high school and still has scouts wondering how much he'll hit, since he's never quite put it together at Stanford. Over his three years there, Stewart is hitting .258/.308/.373. Stewart has come up out of his Jeff Bagwell-esque low crouch this year, but still has some stiffness to his swing and is overly aggressive at the plate. Stewart has some strength in his frame, but projects to hit for gap power, not home run power. He is an above-average runner and plays a great center field. But if his bat doesn't develop, that's more of a fourth outfielder's profile, rather than an everyday player.
10 334 Charlie Gillies RHP The Masters (Calif.) Calif. $15,000
Gillies has generated buzz as a senior sign primarily because of his heavy sinker. He works in the 89-92 mph range, and it disappears underneath bats when it's really on. His secondary stuff is nothing special: a decent changeup and a below-average slider that tends to be more of a get-me-over slurve than a putaway pitch. It's serviceable as a complement to his sinker, and his 6-foot-2, 195-pound frame is durable.
11 364 Bennett Pickar C Oral Roberts Okla. $100,000
Pickar is one of the best defensive catchers in college baseball. He has a plus arm that he used to throw out 41 percent of basestealers entering the NCAA playoffs. He also has solid receiving skills and does a nice job of running a pitching staff. The 6-foot-2, 195-pounder is strong and durable, as he started all 60 games for Oral Roberts during the regular season and Summit League tournament. Pickar's bat relegates his ceiling to that of a backup catcher in the major leagues, however. He has a long swing and rarely hits the ball with much authority, though his .303/.420/.378 average this year were the best of his college career.
12 394 Julio Felix RHP Pima (Ariz.) CC Ariz.
Felix has an undersized build at 5-foot-10 and 180 pounds, but he has a lively fastball that sits in the 92-93 mph range and has topped out at 95. He' doesn't throw enough strikes to pitch as a starter and profiles as a sinker/slider middle reliever in the mold of Juan Rincon.
13 424 Devon Travis 2B Florida State Fla. $200,000
14 454 Hunter Scantling RHP Florida State Fla.
15 484 Jordan Dean SS Central Michigan Mich.
16 514 Josh Turley LHP Baylor Texas $100,000
Below-average fastball velocity hasn't stopped Turley from carving up opponents this season, as he allowed one earned run or less in 10 of his 14 starts through the Big 12 Conference tournament. He usually pitches at 85-87 mph and rarely cracks 90, but he succeeds with his plus changeup and command. He also has a good cutter and an effective curveball. The 6-foot, 190-pounder probably won't ever throw any harder, but he's attractive as a lefthander who really knows how to pitch.
17 544 Slade Smith RHP Auburn Ala.
Smith never got results from his 88-91 mph sinker, which he relies on heavily, along with his sweepy slider. He's a durable reliever but doesn't miss a lot of bats and gets punished when he misses up in the zone.
18 574 Dylan LaVelle 3B Lake Stevens (Wash.) HS Wash.
LaVelle joined Courtney Hawkins as the only two players to hit home runs at spacious Blair Field last summer during the Area Code Games. LaVelle has an average frame at 6-foot-2 and 185 pounds. Even with the home run and impressive power numbers in high school, scouts believe LaVelle's hit tool is better than his power, though both are average. He's a shortstop for his high school team but fits best defensively at third base, though his bat might not profile there. LaVelle can be a little stiff in the field, but has a strong arm. He is an average runner. He missed a few weeks this spring after dislocating his left shoulder diving for a ball at shortstop and will probably wind up honoring his commitment to Oregon State.
19 604 Will Clinard RHP Vanderbilt Tenn.
Vanderbilt's strong finish helped get Clinard into more games; the team's closer early in the year struggled with inconsistent work as the team struggled. The 6-foot-4, 215-pound junior has two solid-average pitches, with a fastball that at times is a tick above at 90-93 mph and a solid, sweepy slider. Clinard has made just three starts in three seasons and hasn't commanded the strike zone enough as a reliever to show that he merits a shot at it, but he also has a fresh arm and 129 career strikeouts in 132 innings. He could be a tough sign as a Vanderbilt junior.
20 634 Logan Ehlers LHP Howard (Texas) JC Texas $122,000
An eighth-round pick out of a Nebraska high school in 2010, Ehlers turned down an $800,000 offer from the Blue Jays. When the NCAA ruled that his adviser had negotiated directly with the team when he bumped into a Jays official at the Area Code Games, it suspended Ehlers for 60 percent of the 2011 season. Following a coaching change with the Cornhuskers and minor shoulder surgery last July, he transferred to Howard JC and became draft-eligible this spring. Hawks coach Britt Smith, who has sent several pitchers to Division I programs and pro ball, says Ehlers has the best combination of pitchability and stuff of anyone he has coached. He throws strikes with three pitches that all have a chance to become at least average big league offerings. He has a quick arm that delivers fastballs ranging from 88-92 mph and sitting at 90-91. His slider is a strikeout pitch at times but loopy at others, and his changeup is more of a show-me offering that he needs to use more often. The 6-foot-2, 220-pounder tends to spin away from the plate in his delivery, but he makes it work. He has committed to Texas Tech for 2013 but is expected to sign.
21 664 Alex Phillips LHP Kentucky Ky.
22 694 D.J. Driggers OF Middle Georgia JC Ga.
23 724 Drew Harrison RHP Oklahoma Okla.
24 754 Nick Carmichael RHP Palomar (Calif.) JC Calif.
25 784 Jared Reaves SS Alabama Ala.
26 814 Rashad Brown OF Westlake HS, Atlanta Ga.
Brown switched schools as a senior, leaving Douglas County High for Westlake. He has a toolsy profile as a lefthanded hitter with speed to burn in center field, and at 5-foot-11, 180 pounds, he has room to add strength. He'll need it because his bat is light at this stage, with inconsistent contact being the biggest problem.
27 844 Miguel Paulino OF Choctawhatchee HS, Fort Walton Beach, Fla. Fla.
28 874 Josh Carr RHP Kennesaw State Ga.
29 904 Zach Kirksey OF Mississippi Miss.
Kirksey is a power-hitting senior with surprising athletic ability for his size. The 6-foot, 214-pounder has the advantage of hitting left-handed, but his defense is lacking. He was Ole Miss' DH much of the season and would be limited to left field as a pro. Kirksey's bat got exposed in Southeastern Conference play, and he batted just .189 in 74 SEC at-bats and struck out more than one-third of the time (23 K's).
30 934 Preston Jamison LHP South Mountain (Ariz.) CC Ariz. $100,000
31 964 Connor Harrell OF Vanderbilt Tenn.
Harrell hit two home runs in the 2011 College World Series, led Vanderbilt with seven this spring entering regionals, and is a plus runner at 6-foot-3, 215 pounds who can play center field. If he made consistent contact, he would go out in the first couple of rounds. Instead, Harrell struck out in more than a quarter of his at-bats. He doesn't recognize spin well or have a consistent two-strike approach. His tools still should get him drafted.
32 994 Blake McFadden RHP Savannah (Mo.) HS Mo.
33 1024 Tyler Hanover 2B Louisiana State La.
34 1054 Matt Davenport RHP William & Mary Va.
35 1084 Jacob Kapstein C Tiverton (R.I.) HS R.I.
36 1114 Clate Schmidt RHP Allatoona HS, Acworth, Ga. Ga.
Schmidt has contributed to the unpredictable spring for high school talent in Georgia, as scouts try to gauge how his stuff will play as a pro and how strong his commitment to Clemson is. He is his team's best pitcher and best hitter despite a slight 6-foot-1, 175-pound frame, playing shortstop or center field when he isn't on the mound. His athletic ability produces a quick arm and excellent velocity at times, with 92-96 mph readings on the showcase circuit last summer. Schmidt also has shown feel for a breaking ball, flashing a plus curveball and a Frisbee slider. He hasn't been physical enough to maintain his stuff over the full high school season, though. He velocity fell off to the 86-91 mph range this spring, and scouts complained that he threw too many breaking balls, further sapping his velocity and feel for his fastball. He could be a two-way player for Clemson, as he's an above-average runner with the ability to stay in the infield in college, and it will be interesting to see if a team will sign him away from the Tigers.
37 1144 Charlie Neil C Yale Conn.
38 1174 Alex Minter LHP Brook Hill HS, Bullard, Texas Texas
39 1204 John Sansone SS Neshannock HS, New Castle, Pa. Pa.
40 1234 Ryan Longstreth LHP Central Michigan Mich.