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Considering the severe lack of pitching prospects in the Tigers’ system—save for Jake Thompson, their third-round pick in 2012—it wasn’t surprising that they selected college arms exclusively on Day 1. The team employed a similar strategy on Friday, using six of its eight picks on college right-handers, including Austin Kubitza, Buck Farmer and Calvin Drummond.
It’s definitely not a coincidence that they are all guys cut from the same mold. They were viewed as potential Day 1 picks after the 2012 season, have been inconsistent but showed flashes of greatness at times this spring and feature mechanics better suited for the bullpen.
Pick of the Day: Buck Farmer, RHP, Georgia Tech (5th round, 156 overall)
Out of all the college arms selected by the Tigers on Friday, I think Farmer has the best chance of reaching the major leagues as a starter. At 6’4”, 218 pounds, he’s already shown the ability to work deep into games and eat innings without sacrificing command of four average to above-average offerings.
Sleeper of the Day: Connor Harrell, CF, Vanderbilt (7th round, 216 overall)
I’m going to give the Vandy the senior the nod here because I like his physicality and raw power. At 6’3”, 200 pounds, he seems to have the speed, range and arm to stick in center field at the next level, which makes his right-handed pop even more attractive and his propensity to swing and miss less of a concern.
I didn’t think of it until now, but I should have compared him Chris Young (Athletics) in his player profile.