Detroit Tigers 2014 MLB Draft Results

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The Major league baseball draft is like no other.  Some of the players selected have almost no chance of seeing  a major league roster, others come out of nowhere to develop enough skill to impact the team that drafted him.

Like the NFL and NBA drafts the players selected in the first couple of rounds usually grab the headlines. But unlike the NFL draft some players won’t even sign with the team that drafted them,  falling back into the pool to be drafted next year.

There are 40 rounds in the MLB Draft and so keeping track of all the players selected is next to impossible unless you are a professional scout.

So in case you missed it, here are the highlights from the Detroit Tigers 2014 MLB Draft Results.

Strawberry Hill

The first round featured an intriguing pick for the Detroit Tigers.  The Tigers first round pick, Derek Hill is the cousin of Daryl Strawberry and his father played at the AAA level.  Hill was considered by some to be the best highschool prospect in the draft.  The MLB.com scouting report characterizes Hill as a speedy contact hitter who has the potential to develop a power stroke because of his bat speed.

Backstop Bonanza

The Detroit Tigers selected 6 catchers in this years draft including 2 in the five rounds.  With alex Avila struggling to stay in the line-up because of injuries over the last couple of seasons, the Tigers know they will eventually need a player to replace him. The Tigers valued defense at this positions as both Grayson Griener (3rd Round) and Shane Zeile (5th Round) are rated high defensively.

Major League Pedigree

Derek Hill wasn’t the only player drafted by the Detroit Tigers with a major league Pedigree.  Catcher Shane Zeile, and first basemen Magglio Ordonez are both related to well-known major leaguers whose careers likely effected their draft status.  Shane Zeile, nephew of former major league catcher Todd Zeile, has a ton of confidence and some pop in his bat from the right side. Magglio Ordonez is the son of the former Detroit Tiger, spent a lot of time in the clubhouse when his father was a Tiger.  However the younger Ordonez will have to earn his way onto a major league diamond after being drafted in the 38th round.

Detroit Tigers 2014 MLB Draft Results

RD PICK PLAYER SCHOOL POS B/T CLASS PLAYER INFO
1 23 Hill, Derek Elk Grove HS (CA) OF R/R HS 6’2″ 195lbs DOB: 12/30/95 | Scouting videoOrsino Hill reached Triple-A as an outfielder and no …
2 63 Turnbull, Spencer Alabama (AL) RHP R/R JR 6’3″ 230lbs DOB: 09/18/92 | Scouting videoTurnbull cut his ERA from 5.60 as an Alabama freshma …
3 99 Greiner, Grayson South Carolina (SC) C R/R JR 6’6″ 220lbs DOB: 10/11/92 | Scouting videoGreiner stands 6-foot-5, which would match the talle …
4 130 Ravenelle, Adam Vanderbilt (TN) RHP R/R JR 6’3″ 195lbs DOB: 10/05/92 | Scouting videoWhat do you do with a pitcher with a good, projectab …
5 160 Zeile, Shane UCLA (CA) C R/R JR 6’1″ 195lbs DOB: 06/14/93 | Scouting videoZeile erased a subpar sophomore season by performing …
6 190 Kivett, Ross Kansas State (KS) CF R/R SR 6’1″ 195lbs DOB: 10/19/91 | Scouting video
7 220 Pankake, Joey South Carolina (SC) 3B R/R JR 6’1″ 200lbs DOB: 11/23/92 | Scouting videoA Rangers 42nd-round pick out of a South Carolina hi …
8 250 Lewicki, Artie Virginia (VA) RHP R/R SR 6’3″ 212lbs DOB: 04/08/92
9 280 Laxer, Josh Ole Miss (MS) RHP R/R JR 6’1″ 210lbs DOB: 06/07/93
10 310 Voelker, Paul Dallas Baptist (TX) RHP R/R JR 5’10″ 185lbs DOB: 08/19/92
11 340 Ladwig, A.J. Wichita State (KS) RHP R/R JR 6’5″ 210lbs DOB: 12/24/92
12 370 Mattlage, Garrett Texas State (TX) SS S/R JR 5’10″ 190lbs DOB: 02/25/93
13 400 Allen, Will Ole Miss (MS) C R/R SR 6’3″ 220lbs DOB: 03/25/92
14 430 Heddinger, Josh Georgia Tech (GA) RHP R/R JR 6’5″ 220lbs DOB: 01/16/93
15 460 Gerber, Michael Creighton (NE) CF L/R SR 6’0″ 190lbs DOB: 07/08/92
16 490 Rader, Chase Coffeyville CC (KS) 3B R/R J2 6’0″ 210lbs DOB: 01/17/94
17 520 Baptist, Corey St Petersburg Col (FL) 1B R/R J1 6’4″ 215lbs DOB: 04/19/95
18 550 Maddox, Will U Tennessee (TN) 3B L/R JR 5’10″ 180lbs DOB: 06/11/92
19 580 French, Parker Texas (TX) RHP L/R JR 6’2″ 220lbs DOB: 03/19/93Despite not having overwhelming stuff, French has be …
20 610 Szkutnik, Trent Michigan (MI) LHP R/L JR 6’0″ 195lbs DOB: 08/21/93
21 640 Mayberry, Whit U Virginia (VA) RHP R/R SR 6’0″ 190lbs DOB: 05/29/90
22 670 Thomas, Michael U Kentucky (KY) C R/R 5S 5’11″ 210lbs DOB: 01/27/91
23 700 Pirtle, Brett Mississippi St U (MS) 2B S/R SR 5’9″ 175lbs DOB: 03/23/91
24 730 Hemmer, Gabe San Diego Christian College (CA) RHP R/R 5S 6’3″ 220lbs DOB: 06/22/90
25 760 Smith, Gage Florida St U (FL) RHP R/R 5S 6’2″ 185lbs DOB: 02/13/91
26 790 Fischer, Jack Wake Forest (NC) RHP R/R SR 6’1″ 175lbs DOB: 08/28/91
27 820 Ford, Tyler U Houston (TX) LHP L/L SR 5’8″ 175lbs DOB: 09/11/91
28 850 Kengor, Will Slippery Rock U (PA) SS L/R SR 6’3″ 180lbs DOB: 07/24/92
29 880 Butler, Jacob U St Francis (IL) RHP R/R SR 6’2″ 200lbs DOB: 08/04/91
30 910 Watkins, Spenser Western Oregon University (OR) RHP R/R SR 6’1″ 190lbs DOB: 08/27/92
31 940 Reuss, Grant Cranbrook Kingswood School (MI) LHP R/L HS 6’5″ 215lbs DOB: 05/23/96
32 970 St. John, Kenton U South Alabama (AL) LHP L/L JR 6’3″ 180lbs DOB: 01/31/93
33 1000 Perrin, Jonathan Oklahoma St U (OK) RHP R/R JR 6’5″ 220lbs DOB: 05/23/93
34 1030 Stevens, Sammy Brother Rice HS (MI) C L/R HS 6’2″ 200lbs DOB: 02/03/96
35 1060 Hollins, Dave Orchard Park HS (NY) 3B R/R HS 5’11″ 180lbs DOB: 12/06/95
36 1090 Fury, Nate Louisiana St U (LA) RHP R/R 5S 5’11″ 200lbs DOB: 02/06/91
37 1120 Mahomes, Patrick Whitehouse HS (TX) RHP R/R HS 6’2″ 220lbs DOB: 09/17/95 | Scouting video
38 1150 Ordonez, Magglio American Heritage School (FL) 1B R/R HS 6’1″ 200lbs DOB: 10/14/95
39 1180 Sanagorski, Taylor Bishop Carroll Catholic HS (KS) C S/R HS 5’11″ 191lbs DOB: 08/29/95
40 1210 Faedo, Alex Alonso Sr HS (FL) RHP R/R HS 6’5″ 225lbs DOB: 11/12/95 | Scouting video
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