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MLB Draft: Day 1 recap for Detroit Tigers

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It was draft day for Major League Baseball on Monday, as the two first rounds got underway into the night. The Detroit Tigers had three picks in total yesterday, four total in the first 100 selections. One of their four picks, selection #34, was a compensation pick from the Washington Nationals after former Tigers starting pitcher Max Scherzer signed a monstrous deal with Washington.

Here is how the Tigers did on day one of the 2015 MLB Draft.


 

ROUND 1, PICK 22

For the second time in four years, the Detroit Tigers select a pitcher from the state of Texas. The first was Chance Ruffin in 2010 out of the University of Texas at Austin. Ruffin eventually was traded to the Seattle Mariners in a deal that netted starting pitcher Doug Fister.

Beau Burrows is said to have a mid to high 90’s fastball and has potential to be a “front-of-the-rotation type starter”, according to Tigers V.P. of amateur scouting David Chadd. He has some pretty solid secondary off-speed pitches that can continue to improve.


 

ROUND 1, PICK 34

A junior out of the University of Tennessee, Christin Stewart is said to have a potent bat that can overshadow his average defense in the outfield. Stewart hit .311 this season with 15 home runs for the Volunteers in a stacked and deep SEC. His .633 slugging percentage and .443 on-base percentage earned him First-Team All-SEC honors.

According to Chadd, he has the potential to be a good hitter with a lot of pop in the middle of the lineup from the left-handed side.


 

ROUND 2, PICK 65

The Detroit Tigers went after a familiar face with their third pick in the draft.

Tyler Alexander was drafted by Detroit just two years ago when he was coming out of high school. They decided to take a second crack at him after his sophomore season at Texas Christian University. He does not throw nearly as hard as Beau Burrows, but has had great command in his first two seasons at TCU, going 16-5 with a 2.60 ERA as a starter. Alexander struck out 128 batters and walked only 19 in over 190 innings of work in his collegiate career.

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