Detroit Tigers

Players signed indicated in Bold

Round Overall Player Position School State Bonus
1 21 Ryan Perry RHP Arizona Ariz. $1,480,000
Arizona coaches started getting excited about Perry last spring, when his velocity jumped into the mid-90s, but they had to wait on him after Perry was injured in a motorcycle accident, falling onto his left (non-throwing) arm and breaking a bone. He recovered in time to take the Cape Cod League by storm, pushing his fastball up to 98 mph in the league all-star game and sitting at 94-96 as a starter with a loose arm action. He started his junior season high on draft boards and in Arizona's rotation but got lit up early as a starter. Scouts say Perry's fastball, while a plus-plus pitch for to its velocity, lacks deception and hitters sit on it, especially when he's starting and struggles to locate his offspeed stuff. When he's going well, he adds a second plus pitch in a slider that one scout compared to that of Phillies closer Brad Lidge. Perry's changeup shows enough potential to make scouts consider him as a starter, but he's been much more effective out of the bullpen. His fastball lacks life and needs the extra velocity he gets out of the bullpen. He's still expected to go in the first round, and most clubs figure to give him a chance to start because his arm is so good.
2 67 Cody Satterwhite RHP Mississippi Miss. $606,000
Satterwhite has been a confusing prospect for scouts since his high school days in Jackson, Miss. Blessed with a first-round arm and electric stuff, Satterwhite has made a reputation for being a projectable righthander with at least three above-average pitches but with inconsistent command and lacking pitchability. At 6-foot-4, and 205 pounds, Satterwhite has the ideal pitcher's body. As a starter, his fastball stays between 90-93 mph, but as a reliever he consistently throws between 95-98. He has done both for Ole Miss since opting not to sign with the Indians after being drafted in the 37th round of the 2005 draft. After pitching primarily as a reliever in his sophomore season, Satterwhite was selected to the U.S. National Team. This season, the Rebels put Satterwhite back in the starting rotation where he has not been as successful. Scouts believe Satterwhite will eventually end up back in the bullpen once he reaches the pros. To complement his fastball, Satterwhite offers a curveball, changeup and hard slider. He has the ability to flash all three as plus pitches but with little consistency. Due to his delivery, Satterwhite has a tendency to leave pitches up in the zone causing his fastball to become hittable and his breaking balls to flatten out. Satterwhite is lightning in a bottle as if he ever figures out how to harness his natural ability and he could quickly be an impact pitcher in the big leagues.
3 99 Scott Green RHP Kentucky Ky. $373,000
Green missed all of 2006 after Tommy John surgery and worked just 18 innings as a redshirt sophomore in 2007, but he positioned himself as a top prospect for 2008 with his performance in the Cape Cod League. The Red Sox, who drafted him in the 15th round, offered him $800,000 at the end of the summer, but Green turned them down in hopes of pitching his way into the first round this spring. That didn't happen because he was so inconsistent that he lost his spot in Kentucky's rotation. While his stuff was expected to take a step forward, Green looked stiff and sat mostly at 87-88 mph as a starter. The sink and armside run on his fastball were more impressive than his velocity. Once he moved to the bullpen, he reached the mid-90s at times, but he did so with a higher arm slot and more effort in his delivery. Green has flashed a good slider at times, but for the most part it has just been a decent pitch. While he has thrown strikes and missed bats, his command has been erratic and made him hittable at times. He still figures to go on the first day of the draft based on his size (6-foot-8, 240 pounds) and the potential he showed on the Cape, but his bonus won't be as high as it could have been last summer.
4 133 Brett Jacobson RHP Vanderbilt Tenn. $230,000
Jacobsen was the Arizona high school player of the year as a senior and rated by BA as the No. 93 prospect for the 2005 draft. Because of a dip in velocity and a strong commitment to Vanderbilt, however, he slipped to the Diamondbacks in the 11th round. He honored his commitment to the Commodores and made just six appearances--two starts--as a freshman. He split time between starting and relieving as a sophomore, but has seen more time in the pen this season, making only four starts and serving as Vandy's closer. Jacobsen has been a tough guy for scouts to figure out. As a starter he pitches between 88-91 mph, but as a reliever his velocity jumps to the mid-90s. He also throws a slurvy breaking ball and changeup, both with potential to be average. The inability to consistently throw strikes has been Jacobsen's downfall, keeping him out of a starting role, and that's the reason most scouts think he'll be a reliever in the pros as well. Jacobsen is 6-foot-6, 205 pounds and pitches from a three-quarters arm slot. He has effort in his delivery, but can pitch downhill with a steep plane when he's on. He's a high risk, high reward prospect.
5 163 Alex Avila C Alabama Ala. $169,000
Alabama's best prospect is Alex Avila, who is a catcher for the Crimson Tide but may not be able to stay there as a pro. Wherever he is defensively, Avila's game will always be on offense. He has a professional approach with power, especially to the opposite field, and advanced hit instincts. He's the son of Tigers assistant general manager Al Avila.
6 193 Tyler Stohr RHP North Florida Fla. $150,000
After attending high school in Florida, Stohr attended Army as a freshman, making seven starts. He decided to transfer back closer to home and was in North Florida's weekend rotation as a sophomore. He made just three starts this season before heading to the bullpen and has been successful as the Panthers' closer. Stohr pitches off a fastball that sits between 92-94 mph with late life. He also throws an average changeup with sinking action and a fringe-average slider. While he strikes out 1.5 batters per inning this season, Stohr has a delivery that could cause command issues. With a backward shoulder tilt, consistently getting over the rubber is a concern for Stohr. While he's been successful as a closer, he profiles more as a middle reliever at the pro level.
7 223 Jade Todd LHP Shades Valley HS, Birmingham Ala. $150,000
Todd is lefthanded and committed to Alabama. He throws his fastball at 90 mph, with a true downer curveball.
8 253 Andy Dirks OF Wichita State Kan. $35,000
Andy Dirks has a knack for getting on base. He entered NCAA super-regional play with a 28-game hitting streak and a 73-game on-base streak, and he set a Northwoods League record last summer by reaching base in 52 straight contests. He's an athletic 6-foot, 195-pound center fielder, yet Dirks never has been drafted. He'll make a nice senior sign this June. He has a short swing, patient approach and gap power, and the plus speed to steal bases. His hard-nosed attitude also endears him to scouts.
9 283 Anthony Shawler RHP Old Dominion Va. $76,500
Anthony Shawler was ODU's Saturday starter, and he also has a four-pitch arsenal. His fastball also sits between 90-92 mph but doesn't have much late life. Shawler's best secondary pitch is a slider that generates swings and misses. He also throws a split-finger fastball and changeup. Shawler compiled a 95/38 strikeout/walk ratio in 76 innings this season.
10 313 Robbie Weinhardt RHP Oklahoma State Okla. $15,000
Weinhardt was a 38th-round pick of the Astros in 2007, when he showed an 86-89 mph fastball and a slurvy breaking ball. He should go about 30 rounds earlier this time around, because he has boosted his fastball to 92-95 mph. His curveball is still fringy and his control can be spotty at times. He started for two seasons at Hill (Texas) JC but is best suited for relief, his role with the Cowboys.
11 343 Brandon Douglas SS Northern Iowa Iowa
Brandon Douglas has been the first-team all-Missouri Valley Conference shortstop in each of his three seasons at Northern Iowa, and this year he added league player of the year honors as well. He has good pop for a middle infielder, batting .396 with a school-record 25 doubles and 10 homers in 2008. He has a knack for making consistent hard contact, fanning just 14 times in 225 at-bats. His speed, arm and range are all average, though he may wind up moving to second base down the road. The Reds drafted him in the 37th round in 2007, when he was a redshirt sophomore hampered by hamstring injuries.
12 373 Brett Anderson SS Bristol (Conn.) Eastern HS Conn. $110,000
Shortstop Brett Anderson from Bristol's Eastern High should follow in the footsteps of quality Franklin Pierce (N.H.) shortstops Garrett Olson and Scott Savastano. His best tool is an above-average arm, and he has bat speed and instincts, but he's still learning how to hit.
13 403 Jared Gayhart RHP Rice Texas $125,000
Jared Gayhart may be the best athlete on Rice, and he has served the Owls primarily as a center fielder and leadoff hitter. Though he had spent just six innings on the mound by the end of May, that was enough to draw the attention of scouts, and he may get drafted as a righthanded pitcher. Gayhart has a fastball that reaches 93 mph and a good slider, and he could get even better if he focused solely on pitching. As an outfielder, he's a blue-collar player who projects as a reserve if he were to reach the majors.
14 433 Tyler Conn LHP Southern Mississippi Miss.
Lefthander Tyler Conn is a senior and was drafted by the Diamondbacks a year ago in the 36th round. At 5-foot-11, Conn is undersized but pitches at 90 mph with an above-average changeup. In 26 regular season appearances, Conn tallied 18 saves.
15 463 Alden Carrithers 2B UCLA Calif.
16 493 Thad Weber RHP Nebraska Neb.
Weber was the only one of the three who was drafted in 2007, turning down the Reds as a 37th-rounder. Recruited out of Hutchinson (Kan.) CC as more of a first baseman than a pitcher, he has a legitimate out pitch in his curveball. He gets hit a lot harder than Dorn, though, because his high-80s fastball is straight.
17 523 Rob Waite RHP UC Riverside Calif.
18 553 Scott Weismann RHP Acton-Boxborough (Mass.) Regional HS Mass.
The high school crop after Landers is thin, but smallish righthander Scott Weismann has a quick arm. His mid-three-quarters arm slot helps him get sink on his 88-91 mph fastball, his slider is a work in progress and he seldom utilizes his changeup. Weismann is committed to Clemson and seems all but certain to head to school.
19 583 Ben Guez OF William & Mary Va.
Outfielder Ben Guez should also be given a shot in pro ball after carrying momentum from an all-star summer in the Cape last year into this season. Guez hit .390 with 14 home runs and 62 RBIs this spring, including a 32-game hitting streak, though he profiles as an offensive fourth outfielder with below-average power and average speed
20 613 Ryan Lollis OF Missouri Mo.
21 643 Adam Frost SS St. Norbert (Wis.) Wis.
Shortstop Adam Frost will be the first player drafted from Wisconsin in 2008. A product of St. Norbert, an NCAA Division III school, he has speed and arm strength and displays some prowess with the bat. He has a little pop and makes contact (just six strikeouts in 153 at-bats), but he also has little patience (11 walks) and is erratic at shortstop (21 errors, .896 fielding percentage).
22 673 Zack MacPhee SS O'Connor HS, Phoenix Ariz.
23 703 Mike Gosse 2B Oklahoma Okla.
24 733 Carmelo Jaime 2B Miami Dade JC Fla.
25 763 Billy Nowlin C Golden West (Calif.) JC Calif.
Billy Nowlin is a stocky, strong backstop admired for his work ethic and tenaciousness. He used his compact and powerful swing to enjoy a breakout offensive season, hitting .413. Nowlin will need to refine his defense to succeed at higher levels. His throwing and receiving skills are raw, and he'll need to smooth out and relax his catching style.
26 793 Brent Wyatt SS Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) Idaho
27 823 James Young RHP Southridge HS, Miami Fla.
28 853 David Stokes RHP Liberty Va.
29 883 Keith Stein OF Sam Houston State Texas
30 913 Tyler Weber C Wichita State Kan.
31 943 Trevor Feeney RHP Northern Illinois Ill.
32 973 Mark Sorensen RHP Michigan State Mich.
33 1003 Jordan Lennerton 1B Oregon State Ore.
34 1033 Bryan Pounds 3B Houston Texas
35 1063 Dan DeLucia LHP Ohio State Ohio
36 1093 Steve Gilman RHP Yale Conn.
Gilman has more arm strength--he reached 94 in the Atlantic Collegiate League two summers ago and topped out at 92 this spring--and a decent hard slider, helping him to 4-0, 1.00 with five saves as Yale's closer this spring. He profiles as a middle reliever in pro ball.
37 1123 Nick Cassavecchia RHP Baylor Texas
38 1153 Josh Workman 2B Wichita State Kan.
39 1183 Chris Gloor LHP Quinnipiac Conn.
Gloor dominated the Coastal Plain League last summer, topping out at 93 with his fastball and ranking as the league's top prospect. But he's been one of the Northeast's most notable disappointments this spring, with an 83-87 mph fastball that topped out at 88. He flashes a late, tight breaking ball at times but struggles to command it. He has feel for a changeup but can't throw any of his pitches for strikes consistently. He has an unathletic 6-foot-6, 255-pound frame and a max-effort delivery. He gets over to his front side too quickly, causing his arm to drag and his slot to vary. With better conditioning and mechanical adjustments, Gloor could be intriguing, but he'll be lucky to be drafted in the top 10 rounds.
40 1213 Bryan Bingham RHP Navarro (Texas) JC Texas
Righthander Bryan Bingham, who pitched two innings at Dallas Baptist in 2007, is a projectable 6-foot-6, 210-pounder with an 88-91 mph fastball and a decent slider. He might leave Navarro after one season, as he is committed to Arkansas.
41 1243 Eric Broberg RHP Seminole (Fla.) JC Fla.
42 1273 Paul Hoenecke 3B West Bend (Wis.) East HS Wis.
43 1303 Tyler Grimes SS North HS, Wichita, Kan. Kan.
44 1333 Brian Wheeler OF Childersburg (Ala.) HS Ala.
45 1361 Edward Linseman LHP Our Lady of Lourdes HS, Guelph, Ontario Ontario
46 1388 Eric Roof C Michigan State Mich.
47 1415 Alan Avila 2B Archbishop McCarthy HS, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Fla.
48 1442 Casey Moore C Saint Louis Mo.
49 1469 Matt Robertson RHP Barton County (Kan.) JC Kan.
50 1496 Landon Hernandez C Hawaii Hawaii
Landon Hernandez, who has solid-average catch and throw tools that could have made him a first 10 rounds pick entering the year, expands his zone too much at the plate. He hit ninth for Hawaii this season and fits better as a senior sign.