Tigers Draft Report Card
|Oliver would have been in Detroit's mix at No. 9 overall had he shown any consistency with his breaking ball during the spring at Oklahoma State. If he, Turner and Fields click, this will be a draft class that could produce first-round talents.
BEST PURE HITTER:
: He's a bit raw as a Michigan prep product, but SS Daniel Fields (6) is the best position player the Tigers have drafted since Cameron Maybin in 2005. He has a strong, solid swing from the left side. BEST POWER HITTER:
: 3B Wade Gaynor had a huge spring at Western Kentucky, turning in a 20-20 season. His plus raw power will keep playing in pro ball, and he runs well for a 6-foot-4, 215 pounder. FASTEST RUNNER:
: Fields, who earns a 65 grade on the 20-80 scale. BEST DEFENSIVE PLAYER:
Edgar Corcino (26) has arm strength and athletic ability to be a plus defender at the hot corner and has tried his hand at catching in instructional league. His bat profiles better behind the plate.
The Tigers' top two selections, RHP Jacob Turner (1) and LHP Andy Oliver (2), had two of the draft's top fastballs. Turner's has reached 98 mph and sits at 92-94 with command. Oliver has reached the upper 90s at times and sits in the same 92-94 range. BEST SECONDARY PITCH:
Turner's curveball and changeup have plus potential. LHP Austin Wood (5), who was undrafted as a junior, had a stellar senior season after moving from the rotation to the bullpen. That allowed him to take advantage of his plus slider, the best present breaking ball in the class.
ODDS AND ENDS
BEST PRO DEBUT:
LHP Adam Wilk (11) used his command (seven walks) and pitchability to dominate lower levels, going 4-1, 1.47 with 67 strikeouts in 74 innings between short-season Oneonta and low Class A West Michigan. C John Murrian (9) used patience and a short, sound swing to bat .296/.356/.468 with 16 doubles at Oneonta. BEST ATHLETE:
Fields. MOST INTRIGUING BACKGROUND:
: Wood starred for 12 1/3 innings and 169 pitches in Texas' 3-2, 25-inning win against Boston College in a 2009 regional game, the longest game in NCAA history. Fields leads a fleet of Tigers picks with big league ties. His father Bruce reached the majors as an outfielder and as the Tigers' hitting coach from 2003-2005. He now is the Indians' roving hitting coordinator. The group also includes C Eric Roof (18), son of Gene, who is now Detroit's roving outfield/baserunning instructor; SS Jim Gulliver (20), son of Glenn; 3B Andrew Allen (43), son of Tigers color analyst and former Detroit outfielder Rod Allen; and RHP Jake Porcello (48), younger brother of Rick. CLOSEST TO THE MAJORS:
Wood may zoom past Oliver as a situational, strike-throwing lefty with a plus slider. BEST LATE-ROUND PICK:
If he hits, Corcino will be a steal. 1B James Robbins (30) has raw power to rival Gaynor and should move faster than Corcino. THE ONE WHO GOT AWAY:
The Tigers knew it would be tough to woo RHP Mark Appel (15) away from Stanford. They took a longer look at sophomore-eligible RHP Craig Fritsch (8), who returned to Baylor.