Detroit Tigers

Players signed indicated in Bold

Round Overall Player Position School State Bonus
1 9 Jacob Turner RHP Westminster Christian Academy, St. Louis Mo. $4,700,000
Already considered a mid-first-round talent entering the season, Turner was generating serious momentum a month before the draft. He had edged ahead of Shelby Miller (Texas) and Zack Wheeler (Georgia) as the top high school righthander in the draft, and was gaining ground on Kyle Gibson as the best pitching prospect in Missouri. Whether his draft position will reflect that status remains to be seen, as he's advised by the Scott Boras Corp. and reportedly will seek to match the record guarantee given to a high school pitcher: $7 million for Josh Beckett (Marlins, 1999) and Rick Porcello (Tigers, 2007). While Turner isn't quite at the same level Beckett and Porcello were when they came out of high school, he's quite talented. The 6-foot-5, 205 pounder has such an easy three-quarters delivery that it makes his 92-94 mph fastball (which tops out at 98) seem even faster. He has good aptitude for spinning a big-breaking curveball, and he has the makings of a good changeup. All three pitches were working when he struck out five straight hitters at the Aflac All-American Game last summer. The biggest quibble with Turner is that he sometimes doesn't command his curveball, but his delivery is repeatable and he does a good job of staying on top of the pitch, so he should gain more consistency with experience. He has benefited from the tutelage of former big leaguers Andy Benes, Mike Matheny and Todd Worrell, who have sons who have played at Westminster Christian. Said Worrell, the team's pitching coach: "He's got the whole package . . . As a pitcher, he's 6-5 with a perfect pitcher's body and a live arm." Turner has committed to North Carolina, just like last year's premium prep pitcher from Missouri, Tim Melville did before signing with the Royals for $1.25 million.
2 58 Andy Oliver LHP Oklahoma State Okla. $1,495,000
Oliver starred with Oklahoma State and Team USA in 2008, but he didn't look like the same pitcher at the start of this season. He had trouble locating his fastball, lost a curveball that had been one of college baseball's best and was flying open in his delivery, allowing hitters to get a better look at his pitches. Oliver got back on a roll at the end of the season, pitching inside more and routinely dominating teams with his fastball. It sits at 92-94 mph and touches 95, and he has a slow delivery that lulls hitters to sleep before his heater explodes on them. He relies heavily on his fastball because he never regained his curve. He now employs a cutter/slider as his No. 2 pitch, and he also flashes an average changeup. His strong 6-foot-3, 212-pound frame bodes well for durability. If Oliver can't develop a reliable breaking ball, his fastball velocity and command should make him at worst an effective big league reliever. The NCAA suspended him last May for having an adviser/attorney, Tim Barratta, present during negotiations with the Twins in 2006, when they drafted him in the 17th round out of an Ohio high school. Barratta turned him into the NCAA after the pitcher switched to Scott Boras, but Oliver successfully sued the NCAA and was reinstated. Oliver shouldn't be a tough sign if he's drafted in the first round as expected.
3 89 Wade Gaynor 3B Western Kentucky Ky. $392,400
Western Kentucky made its deepest NCAA playoff run ever, reaching the regional finals. Third baseman Wade Gaynor became the first Hilltopper ever to record a 20-20 season, batting .371 with 25 homers and 21 steals. The 6-foot-4, 213-pounder stands out for his size, bat speed and righthanded power. He has a lot of hand movement before he swings, which could affect his ability to hit for average in pro ball. He has athleticism but is an inconsistent defender.
4 120 Edwin Gomez SS Puerto Rico Baseball Academy, Gurabo, P.R. P.R. $245,700
Shortstop Edwin Gomez did not play well this spring, and the consensus seems to be that he will eventually have to move off the position. With a 6-foot-3, 175-pound frame, Gomez is already more physical than his cousin, Alex Cintron of the Nationals. A move to a corner outfield spot is likely, though he might not have the bat to play there. Gomez is a switch-hitter and is better from the left side.
5 150 Austin Wood LHP Texas Texas $100,000
No college has more pitching heroes than Texas, and lefthander Austin Wood joined that list with his performance in the NCAA regionals. Wood entered a game against Boston College in the seventh inning and worked 12 1/3 innings before allowing a hit. All told, he pitched shutout ball for 13 innings, striking out 14 but receiving no-decision as the Longhorns won in 25 innings--the longest game in NCAA history. Wood threw 169 pitches, including 120 for strikes--no surprise because throwing strikes is his forte. Texas dropped Wood's arm angle from high three-quarters to nearly sidearm last year, and he has seen his fastball improve from 86-88 mph to 89-91 mph while maintaining good run this spring. He also throws a quality changeup, though he never has been able to master a consistent breaking ball. A senior who's the only draft-eligible arm who sees much action on the Longhorns staff, Wood could go between the seventh and 10th rounds and will continue to relieve in pro ball.
6 180 Daniel Fields SS University of Detroit Jesuit HS Mich. $1,625,000
Fields' father Bruce had a brief major league career and won three minor league batting titles before becoming a hitting instructor. Currently the Indians' minor league hitting coordinator, he was the Tigers' big league batting coach in 2003 when Daniel hit a batting-practice homer at Comerica Park--as a 12-year-old, with a wood bat. In addition to good bloodlines, he has a body and a package of tools that scouts can dream on. He's 6-foot-3 and 200 pounds and offers a tantalizing combination of above-average power potential and speed. He's strong and has good lift in his lefthanded swing. Fields has less polish than might be expected of the son of a former big leaguer, but a strong spring has erased his reputation for being more of a showcase standout than a game performer. Fields is athletic, moves well and has a solid arm, but his size makes it likely that he'll move off shortstop at the next level. He projects better defensively as either a third baseman or an outfielder, and it's possible that he could play in center. Fields attends a prestigious private school and has committed to Michigan, so he probably won't be signable as a projected fourth- to seventh-round pick. His dad wants him to stay at shortstop and receive a seven-figure bonus, further complicating matters. He has the tools to blossom into a first-rounder after three years with the Wolverines.
7 210 Jamie Johnson OF Oklahoma Okla. $125,000
Johnson was drafted in the 50th round out of a Louisiana high school in 2006, but went unselected at Texarkana (Texas) JC in 2007 and as a draft-eligible sophomore at Oklahoma last June. That won't happen again because he has developed into one of the better all-around college players in the Midwest. Though he stands just 5-foot-8 and 185 pounds, Johnson has the bat speed and surprising strength to hit for average and at least gap power from the left side of the plate. He needs to cut down on his strikeouts, especially if he's going to remain a leadoff man in pro ball, but he has the patience to draw walks and the plus speed to steal bases. His quickness also serves him well on defense, where he has good range in center field and a strong arm for the position.
8 240 Craig Fritsch RHP Baylor Texas
An all-star summer in the Cape Cod League positioned righthander Craig Fritsch as a top-three-rounds pick in 2009 as a draft-eligible sophomore. But he quickly pitched himself out of Baylor's rotation this spring, casting his draft status in doubt. When Fritsch is on, he has a 91-92 mph fastball that touches 95 and a good slider and can locate both pitches. He has the potential to add velocity as he adds strength to his 6-foot-4, 180-pound frame. At the same time, he's maddeningly inconsistent and scouts question his mental toughness. He pitched much better for the Bears as a reliever, where his fringe changeup and command weren't as much of a drawback. His disappointing year and extra leverage won't help him in the draft, which could mean that he'll return to Baylor for 2010.
9 270 John Murrian C Winthrop S.C. $100,000
Winthrop's starting catcher for the better part of three seasons, Murrian was a prep teammate of Matt Weiters and Justin Smoak. He followed Weiters as the catcher at Stratford High outside of Charleston, S.C., and had a solid three-year college career. He has solid-average catch-and-throw skills, with above-average raw arm strength that helped him throw out 37 percent of basestealers in 2009. He's a patient hitter with below-average power.
10 300 Chris Sedon 2B Pittsburgh Pa. $74,000
Sedon had a monstrous year for a 5-foot-10, 170-pound second baseman, batting .398/.449/.796 with 22 homers, 62 RBIs and 19 stolen bases. It's natural to compare Sedon to another undersized Pitt second baseman who hit for big power, Jim Negrych. Sedon lacks his predecessor's extended track record, and he profiles more as a line-drive hitter than a power hitter at the next level. Sedon is a slightly above-average runner who is a solid defender at second base with an adequate arm. He could be drafted in the 10th- to 15th-round range.
11 330 Adam Wilk LHP Long Beach State Calif.
12 360 Matt Thomson RHP San Diego Calif.
13 390 Michael Rockett OF Texas-San Antonio Texas
Michael Rockett's uncle Pat was the 10th overall pick in the 1973 draft. While Michael won't go that high, he'll be a decent pick after setting several career records at Texas-San Antonio and in the Southland Conference. He has an atypical set-up, starting with his feet close together and his hands near his hips, but he gets into hitting position and takes a healthy cut. Rockett has good bat speed, makes consistent contact and produces line-drive power from the right side. A 6-foot-1, 180-pounder, he may have enough speed to play center field as a pro and does have enough arm to play in right.
14 420 Kevan Hess RHP Western Michigan Mich.
15 450 Mark Appel RHP Monte Vista HS, Danville, Calif. Calif.
A projectable 6-foot-6 righthander, Appel typically got off to a late start in high school baseball due to his basketball commitments, and his lack of baseball time sometimes showed. In a start at a showcase event in Florida last October, for example, his fastball was in the high 80s to low 90s and he showed poor mechanics and command. Scouts report that looked much better this spring, when he threw a no-hitter and his fastball has peaked at 94 mph. Appel adds a curveball and changeup that have been serviceable but need refinement. He has a lot of potential but might be a tough sign because of his relative inexperience and commitment to Stanford pledge, so he could slide in the draft if teams don't think they can sign him in the first three or four rounds.
16 480 Kenny Faulk LHP Kennesaw State Ga.
Lefthanded reliever Kenny Faulk had touched 93 mph with his fastball and attacks hitters with it, usually in the 87-91 mph range. His breaking ball is short for a lefty reliever, but he should be a solid senior sign.
17 510 Nate Newman RHP Pepperdine Calif.
18 540 Eric Roof C Michigan State Mich.
19 570 Rawley Bishop 3B Middle Tennessee State Tenn.
Redshirt senior Rawley Bishop, already 23, also should get a shot at pro ball after flirting with .400 most of the season. Injury issues such as past shoulder surgery mar his status, but he's a good hitter with a combined 29 home runs in his two full seasons as a starter.
20 600 Jimmy Gulliver SS Eastern Michigan Mich.
21 630 Giovanni Soto LHP Carolina, P.R. P.R.
22 660 Matt Mansilla OF College of Charleston S.C.
23 690 Cory Hamilton RHP UC Irvine Calif.
24 720 Wade Kapteyn RHP Evansville Ind.
25 750 Victor Roache OF Lincoln HS, Ypsilanti, Mich. Mich.
Outfielder Victor Roache gives the state another tooled-up high school athlete. A 6-foot-2, 195-pound specimen, he offers righthanded power and plus speed, though he runs flat-footed. It would be tough to sign him away from a commitment to Georgia Southern, and going to college would serve him well. He lacks polish and has trouble hitting breaking balls.
26 780 Edgar Corcino 3B Adolfina Irizarry De Puig HS, Toa Baja, P.R. P.R.
Edgar Corcino is a big third baseman who has been trying to catch. He's athletic and projectable with a good arm and some juice in his bat, as well as holes in his swing. He'll get a chance in the later rounds.
27 810 Pat McKenna SS Bryant R.I.
28 840 Tobin Mateychick RHP Enid (Okla.) HS Okla.
Righthander Tobin Mateychick is extremely projectable and could blossom into an early-round 2012 draft pick after three years at Wichita State. He's a 6-foot-5, 185-pounder with a quick arm that delivers fastballs topping out at 94 mph. "He may throw 100 mph one day," one area scout said. Mateychick also can run his slider up to 84 mph, though it features more cutting action than bite. His changeup is similarly raw. He's very athletic for his size and doubles as a center fielder with good speed. He wants second-round money to sign and is unlikely to get it.
29 870 Mike Morrison RHP Cal State Fullerton Calif.
San Diego product Mike Morrison has had an up-and-down career for Fullerton but has fit better in the bullpen, using a low-90s fastball and uniquely gripped changeup. He lost the closer role early in the season.
30 900 James Robbins 1B Shorecrest HS, Shoreline, Wash. Wash. $235,000
In a disappointing high school crop, another player teams are split on is James Robbins--though the division is whether he profiles better on the mound or in the batter's box. Robbins is 6 feet and a stocky 220 pounds, and if he ends up at Washington State he'll be a two-way player. He bats and throws lefthanded, which makes him intriguing on the mound even though he throws 86-90 mph. He has a heavy fastball and shows a breaking ball that has a chance to be average. Scouts who like him better as a hitter see above-average power potential. Robbins has good bat speed and swings with authority. Despite his wrecking-ball frame, Robbins is a good athlete who played some center field for his high school team. One scout noted that Robbins' father and older brother are very athletic and said Robbins will get himself into better shape after seeing what players look like at the next level--whether that's in college or pro ball.
31 930 Andrew Walter RHP Cactus HS, Glendale, Ariz. Ariz.
32 960 Parker Markel RHP Mountain Ridge HS, Glendale, Ariz. Ariz.
Righthander Parker Markel had arm problems in the fall and was recovering from them this spring, so his stuff was down a little bit. The 6-foot-3, 210-pounder still had enough stuff get results. He was throwing just 82 mph in a fall bullpen session, but his stuff came back as the spring progressed--he touched 91 mph--and he gets a lot of sink on his fastball from his three-quarters arm slot. He could add velocity as he matures. He has clean mechanics, the ball jumps out of his hand and he competes well. He'll head to Yavapai if he doesn't sign.
33 990 Cody Keefer OF Davis (Calif.) HS Calif.
34 1020 Derek Kline RHP Millersville (Pa.) Pa.
35 1050 Patrick Biondi OF Divine Child HS, Dearborn, Mich. Mich.
Outfielder Patrick Biondi won't be a high pick because he's 5-foot-9 and strongly committed to Michigan, but he should make an immediate impact for the Wolverines in 2010 and be a good pick in 2012. More polished but not nearly as strong as Roache, Biondi provides above-average speed, center-field defense and arm strength. He also has a quick bat and scouts love his makeup.
36 1080 Chuck Crumpton SS Lakeside HS, Hot Springs, Ark. Ark.
The state's top position player is shortstop Ben Crumpton, who has committed to Arkansas. A star wide receiver for Lakeside HS, he caught 55 passes for 1,067 yards and 15 touchdowns last fall. He's a good athlete with plus speed, though his bat and instincts need work. At 5-foot-11 and 175 pounds, he'll have to prove he's strong enough to handle quality pitching.
37 1110 Danny Canela C Florida Christian HS, Miami Fla.
38 1140 Tarran Senay OF South Park (Pa.) HS Pa.
It is unlikely any significant high school players will sign pro contracts this year, though a few have long-term upside worth mentioning. Tarran Senay is a gifted two-sport athlete who broke his wrist in his first football game last spring--yet played all fall before finding out it was broken. The injury hampered his production this spring, and he has not shown the plus lefthanded power potential he flashed last summer. He has played third base but profiles better as a first baseman or left fielder, as his arm is fringy and his speed is below-average. Senay has good makeup and plenty of potential, but power is his best tool and he hasn't shown it this spring, so he figures to wind up at North Carolina State.
39 1170 Chad Duling SS Bishop Carroll HS, Wichita Kan.
40 1200 Ben Bechtol C Neshannock HS, New Castle, Pa. Pa.
41 1230 Larry Balkwill C Ursuline College Chatham SS, Chatham-Kent, Ont. Ontario
42 1260 Nick Avila RHP Central Florida JC Fla.
43 1290 Andrew Allen 3B Central Arizona JC Ariz.
44 1320 Charlie Markson OF Whitefish Bay (Wis.) HS Wis.
James has surpassed Whitefish Bay teammate Charlie Markson, Wisconsin's top-rated prospect coming into the season. A good athlete who played point guard to James' forward on the Whitefish Bay basketball team, Markson is a 6-foot-2, 180-pounder with good speed, gap power and a strong arm. His bat will need time to develop. He has signed with Notre Dame, and Fighting Irish head coach Dave Schrage has compared him to his team's current star, projected first-rounder A.J. Pollock.
45 1350 Jimmy Brennan OF Suffern (N.Y.) HS N.Y.
46 1380 Nate Goro 3B Lafayette HS, Wildwood, Mo. Mo.
47 1410 Kevin Chambers LHP Capistrano Valley HS, Mission Viejo, Calif. Calif.
48 1440 Jake Porcello RHP Seton Hall Prep, West Orange, N.J. N.J.
49 1470 Cameron Giannini RHP Hargrave Military Academy, Chatham, Va. Va.
50 1500 Nico Rosthenhausler OF South Mountain (Ariz.) JC Ariz.
Outfielder Nico Rosthenhausler's father Ray was a first-round pick in the secondary phase of three drafts from 1983-84. Nico is a stocky 5-foot-11 and 200 pounds, yet has trimmed down significantly after busting his tail over the summer to lose the 50 pounds he ate on as a freshman. He's a lefthanded hitter who uses the entire field and is committed to Arizona.