By James Nahikian
The 2012 MLB Draft concluded on Wednesday, thus ending the three day event where over 1,200 players were selected by major league teams. The Detroit Tigers wrapped up their draft class today by selecting 25 more youngsters.
In all, the Tigers selected 39 players, 74% of those players came from college programs. However, the two that the team seems to be most excited about, were drafted fresh out of high school with the Tigers’ first two selections. Those two players are right-handed pitcher, Jake Thompson (Round 2, No. 91 overall) and shortstop/outfielder, Austin Schotts (Round 3, No.121 overall). Both players have college commitments, but both players are expected to sign with Detroit. Which makes Tigers vice president David Chadd, very excited. Chadd urged the media to look at Schotts’ football tape, as he explained how impressive his speed is. Chadd also talked about Thompson’s nice array of pitches, low walk rate, and impressive mound presence and confidence.
The Tigers had a set gameplan on what they wanted to do in this year’s draft. According to the team’s director of amature scouting, Scott Pleis, that plan was very simple, “We went for the best players,” Pleis said. Who then went on to explain that the reason they signed so many college players, was that they knew that they would have a better chance at signing them because most high school players that are drafted so late, will often times just try their luck with a college team. The team also focused on pitching, as 22 of their selections were indeed pitchers. With so much young talent on the mound, the team hopes that they can find some consistency in their farm system, which will eventually result in a more balanced big league roster.
Now that the draft is over, the Tigers will just have to wait and hope. Wait to see how this draft class develops, and hope that their top picks pan out, as well as hope that some later picks turn into surprises. As for now, the team is very optimistic. Vice president David Chadd concluded his thoughts by saying, “I couldn’t be more happier with the guys we selected in this Draft.”
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