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Rounds 3 through 10 took place Friday at the MLB Draft. Here’s a look at who the Cleveland Indians, Detroit Tigers and Pittsburgh Pirates decided to take. The draft will wrap up Saturday with rounds 11-40 and beyond. Click here if you missed the Day 1 draft coverage.
3rd round – No. 79 RHP Dace Kime – 6-5, 220 pounds from Louisville
4th round – No. 111 LHP Kyle Crockett – 6-2, 170 pounds from Virginia
5th round – No. 141 LHP Sean Brady – 5-10, 182 pounds from Ida S Baker High School (Florida)
6th round – No. 171 RHP Casey Shane – 6-4, 200 pounds from Centennial High School (Texas)
7th round – No. 201 LHP Kenny Mathews – 6-3, 205 pounds from Riverside C.C.
8th round – No. 231 RHP Trevor Frank – 6-0, 195 pounds from California-Riverside
9th round – No. 261 LHP Thomas Pannone – 6-1, 195 pounds from College of Southern Nevada
10th round – No. 291 2B Ross Kivett – 6-1, 200 pounds from Kansas State
3rd round – No. 94 RHP Jeffrey Thompson – 6-6, 245 pounds from Louisville
4th round – No. 126 RHP Austin Kubitza – 6-5, 220 pounds from Rice
5th round – No. 156 RHP Buck Farmer – 6-4, 218 pounds from Georgia Tech
6th round – No. 186 RHP Calvin Drummond – 6-3, 200 pounds from Arizona Christian
7th round – No. 216 OF Connor Harrell – 6-3, 220 pounds from Vanderbilt
8th round – No. 246 RHP Zach Reininger – 6-3, 170 pounds from Hill Junior College
9th round – No. 276 RHP Will LaMarche – 6-3, 220 pounds from LSU
10th round – No. 308 OF Kasey Coffman – 6-3, 220 pounds from Arizona State
3rd round – No. 87 OF JaCoby Jones – 6-3, 205 pounds from LSU
4th round – No. 119 LHP Cody Dickson – 6-3, 180 pounds from Sam Houston State
5th round – No. 149 SS Trae Arbet – 6-0, 185 pounds from Great Oak High School (California)
6th round – No. 179 SS Adam Frazier – 5-11, 170 pounds from Mississippi State
7th round – No. 209 RHP Buddy Borden – 6-3, 210 pounds from UNLV
8th round – No. 239 RHP Neil Kozikowski – 6-4, 180 pounds from Avon Old Farms School (Connecticut)
9th round – No. 269 RHP Chad Kuhl – 6-3, 215 pounds from Delaware
10th round – No. 299 RHP Shane Carle – 6-4, 185 pounds from Cal State-Long Beach
Back to a full schedule Friday with the first game at 2:20 p.m.:
Minnesota (Correia 5-4) at Washington (G.Gonzalez 3-3), 7:05 p.m.
Texas (Tepesch 3-4) at Toronto (Rogers 1-2), 7:07 p.m.
Cleveland (U.Jimenez 4-3) at Detroit (Verlander 7-4), 7:08 p.m.
Baltimore (Hammel 7-3) at Tampa Bay (Archer 0-1), 7:10 p.m.
L.A. Angels (Hanson 2-2) at Boston (Doubront 4-2), 7:10 p.m.
Houston (Lyles 3-1) at Kansas City (Shields 2-6), 8:10 p.m.
Oakland (J.Parker 4-6) at Chicago White Sox (Sale 5-3), 8:10 p.m.
N.Y. Yankees (Kuroda 6-4) at Seattle (Bonderman 0-1), 10:10 p.m.
Pittsburgh (Liriano 3-2) at Chicago Cubs (T.Wood 5-3), 2:20 p.m.
Minnesota (Correia 5-4) at Washington (G.Gonzalez 3-3), 7:05 p.m.
Miami (Fernandez 3-3) at N.Y. Mets (Marcum 0-6), 7:10 p.m.
St. Louis (Wainwright 8-3) at Cincinnati (Leake 5-2), 7:10 p.m.
Philadelphia (Lee 7-2) at Milwaukee (Figaro 0-0), 8:10 p.m.
San Diego (Volquez 4-5) at Colorado (J.De La Rosa 7-3), 8:40 p.m.
San Francisco (M.Cain 4-3) at Arizona (Corbin 9-0), 9:40 p.m.
Atlanta (Maholm 7-4) at L.A. Dodgers (Ryu 6-2), 10:10 p.m.
Check back throughout the night as information and stats will be posted about the draft picks by the Pittsburgh Pirates, Detroit Tigers and Cleveland Indians. Cleveland will pick at No. 5, Pittsburgh at No. 9 and No. 14 and Detroit at No. 20 and No. 39. The entire first round will also be posted as a list. The draft will begin at 7 p.m.
At No. 58, the Detroit Tigers take pitcher Kevin Ziomek, a 6-3, 200-pound left-handed starting pitcher out of Vanderbilt. He isn’t an overpowering pitcher but mixes his pitches well. He was drafted by Arizona in 2010 but elected to go to college instead. He performed well in the Cape Cod League after a tough sophomore season to see his draft stock rise.
At No. 51, the Pittsburgh Pirates take high school pitcher Blake Taylor, 6-3, 220-pound lefty from Dana Hills High School in California. He created plenty of buzz around the draft as a tall lefty that can touch the mid-90s with his fastball. Scouts say that his curveball is above average and he has the chance to develop a third pitch with a change-up.
At No. 39, the Detroit Tigers take closer Cory Knebel, a 6-3, 210-pound right-handed pitcher from Texas. He could rise through the system quickly with his power arm that can hit 98 mph. There are some off the field issues with Knebel as he was suspended twice with the Longhorns but there is plenty of upside as well.
At No. 20, the Detroit Tigers take Johnathon Crawford, a 6-2, 205-pound right-handed starting pitcher from Florida. Crawford can hit up to 96 mph late into games but needs to develop his offspeed pitches according to scouts. His changeup is solid and Crawford could develop into at least a No. 2 starter down the line.
At No. 14, the Pittsburgh Pirates take Reese McGuire, a 6-1, 190-pound catcher from Kentwood High School in California. McGuire is considered the best catcher on the board because of his defense. He has outstanding arm strength according to scouts with a “smooth, left-handed stroke despite being a righty behind the plate.” He is the highest-drafted catcher since 2008.
At No. 9, the Pittsburgh Pirates take Austin Meadows, a 6-3, 210-pound outfielder from Grayson High School in Georgia. Ironically, he played travel ball with Clint Frazier, the Indians’ pick. He is a left-handed hitter that has a “smooth swing and good power” according to scouts. He hit .535 as a senior and could stay in centerfield or move to a corner outfield position.
At No. 5, the Cleveland Indians take Clint Frazier, a 6-1, 180-pound outfielder from Loganville High School in Georgia. He has been referred to as a smaller Mike Trout by scouts. Frazier is the Gatorade National Player of the Year and is a power hitter. He hit .485 with 17 home runs, 56 runs scored and 45 RBIs as a centerfielder with good speed. He has signed a letter of intent to play at Georgia but is expected to sign with the Indians.
1. Houston Astros – RHP Mark Appel, Stanford
2. Chicago Cubs – 3B/OF Kris Bryant, San Diego
3. Colorado Rockies – RHP Jonathan Gray, Oklahoma
4. Minnesota Twins – RHP Kohl Stewart, St. Pius X High School (Texas) 5. Cleveland Indians – OF Clint Frazier, Loganville High School (Georgia)
6. Miami Marlins – 3B Colin Moran, North Carolina
7. Boston Red Sox – LHP Trey Ball, New Castle High School (Indiana)
8. Kansas City Royals – SS Hunter Dozier, Stephen F. Austin 9. Pittsburgh Pirates – OF Austin Meadows, Grayson High School (Georgia)
10. Toronto Blue Jays – RHP Phillip Bickford, Oaks Christian High School (California)
11. New York Mets – 1B/OF Dominic Smith, Serra High School (California)
12. Seattle – 3B D.J. Peterson, New Mexico
13. San Diego – OF Hunter Renfroe, Mississippi State 14. Pittsburgh – C Reese McGuire, Kentwood High School (California)
15. Arizona – RHP Braden Shipley, Nevada
16. Philadelphia – SS J.P. Crawford, Lakewood High School (California)
17. Chicago White Sox – SS Tim Anderson, East Central C.C.
18. Los Angeles Dodgers – RHP Chris Anderson, Jacksonville
19. St. Louis – LHP Marco Gonzales, Gonzaga 20. Detroit – RHP Johnathon Crawford, Florida
21. Tampa Bay – C Nick Ciuffo, Lexington High School (South Carolina)
22. Baltimore – RHP Hunter Harvey, Bandys High School (North Carolina)
23. Texas – RHP Alex Gonzalez, Oral Roberts
24. Oakland – OF Billy McKinney, Plano West High School (Texas)
25. San Francisco – SS Christian Arroyo, Hernando High School (Florida)
26. New York Yankees – 3B Eric Jagielo, Notre Dame
27. Cincinnati – OF Phillip Ervin, Samford
28. St. Louis – LHP Rob Kaminsky, St. Joseph Regional (New Jersey)
29. Tampa Bay – RHP Ryne Stanek, Arkansas
30. Texas – SS Travis Demeritte, Winder Barrow High School (Georgia)
31. Atlanta – RHP Jason Hursh, Oklahoma State
32. New York Yankees – OF Aaron Judge, Fresno State
33. New York Yankees – LHP Ian Clarkin, James Madison High School (Florida) Competitive Balance Round A
34. Kansas City – LHP Sean Manaea, Indiana State
35. Miami – LHP Matt Krook, St. Ignatius College Prep (California)
36. Arizona – RHP Aaron Blair, Marshall
37. Baltimore – OF Josh Hart, Parkview High School (Georgia)
38. Cincinnati – RHP Michael Lorenzen, Cal State-Fullerton 39. Detroit – RHP Corey Knebel, Texas Round 2
40. Houston – RHP Andrew Thurman, California-Irvine
41. Chicago Cubs – LHP Rob Zastryzny, Missouri
42. Colorado – 3B Ryan McMahon, Mater Dei High School (California)
43. Minnesota – RHP Ryan Eades, LSU
44. Miami – RHP Trevor Williams, Arizona State
45. Boston – RHP Teddy Stankiewicz, Seminole State
46. Kansas City – LHP Cody Reed, Northwester Mississippi C.C.
47. Toronto – RHP Clinton Hollon, Woodford County High School (Kentucky)
48. New York Mets – RHP Andrew Church, Basic High School (Nevada)
49. Seattle – OF Austin Wilson, Stanford
50. San Diego – SS Dustin Peterson, Gilbert High School (Arizona) 51. Pittsburgh – LHP Blake Taylor, Dana Hills High School (California)
52. Arizona – SS Justin Williams, Terrebonne High School (Arizona)
53. Philadelphia – C Andrew Knapp, California
54. Milwaukee – RHP Devin Williams, Hazelwood West High School (Missouri)
55. Chicago White Sox – RHP Tyler Danish, Durant High School (Florida)
56. Los Angeles Dodgers – LHP Tom Windle, Minnesota
57. St. Louis – SS Oscar Mercado, Vivian Gaither High School (Florida) 58. Detroit – LHP Kevin Ziomek, Vanderbilt
59. Los Angeles Angels – LHP Hunter Green, Warren East High School (Kentucky)
60. Tampa Bay – SS Riley Unroe, Desert Ridge High School (Arizona)
61. Baltimore – C Chance Sisco, Santiago High School (California)
62. Texas – RHP Akeem Bostwick, West Florence High School (South Carolina)
63. Oakland – LHP Dillon Overton, Oklahoma
64. San Francisco – 3B Ryder Jones, Watauga High School (North Carolina)
65. Atlanta – C Victor Caratini, Miami Dade C.C. South
66. New York Yankees – 2B Gosuke Katoh, Rancho Bernardo High School (California)
67. Cincinnati – 3B Kevin Franklin, Gahr High School (California)
68. Washington – RHP Jake Johansen, Dallas Baptist Competitive Balance Round B
69. San Diego – OF Jordan Paroubeck, Serra High School (California)
70. Colorado – RHP Alex Balog, San Francisco
71. Oakland – SS Chad Pinder, Virginia Tech
72. Milwaukee – SS Tucker Neuhaus, Wharton High School (Florida)
73. Miami – RHP Colby Suggs, Arkansas
The Detroit Tigers have two first-round picks in the MLB First-year player draft that begins tonight at 7 p.m. Detroit will pick at No. 20 and a competitive balance pick at No. 39. The Tigers have not fared well in developing first-round picks lately as only three in the past decade are still with the organization. Here is a look at the last 10 drafts and where the Tigers’ picks have gone.
2012 – No first-round pick. Detroit lost its first-round pick to the Milwaukee Brewers after picking up Type A free agent Prince Fielder. Milwaukee drafted high school catcher Clint Coulter, who is with Class A Wisconsin in the Midwest League. 2011 – No first-round pick. Detroit lost its first-round pick to the Boston Red Sox after signing Type A free agent Victor Martinez. Boston drafted pitcher Matt Barnes out of Connecticut. Barnes is currently with the Portland Sea Dogs. 2010 – Detroit lost its No. 19 pick to the Houston Astros after signing Type A free agent Jose Valverde. The Tigers did receive two compensation picks in the first round after losing Type B free agents Brandon Lyon and Fernando Rodney. With the No. 44 pick, Detroit selected Nick Castellanos, who is in Triple-A Toledo and well on his way to contributing in Detroit. The Tigers then selected Chance Ruffin with the No. 48 pick in the first round. Ruffin was sent to Seattle as the player to be named later in the Doug Fister trade. Seattle sent Detroit Doug Fister and David Pauley for Casper Wells, Francisco Martinez, Charlie Furbush and a player to be named later right before the 2011 trade deadline. Ruffin was sent to Seattle in August of that year. 2009 – No. 9 Jacob Turner. Turner spent one season in Erie and was on the fast track to helping out in Detroit. He made six spot starts with the Tigers but was traded to the then-Florida Marlins in 2012 for Anibal Sanchez. Detroit also received Omar Infante in the deal and shipped out Rob Brantley and Brian Flynn. 2008 – No. 21 Ryan Perry. Perry skipped over Erie after an impressive start to his career in Lakeland. He even made 34 appearances with the Detroit Tigers over three seasons, but was traded to the Washington Nationals after the 2011 season for Collin Balester. 2007 – No. 27 Rick Porcello. Porcello was another pitcher to go right from Lakeland to Toledo to Detroit. He has spent the past five years with Detroit, going 50-45 with a 4.60 ERA in 130 starts. Detroit also took Brandon Hamilton at No. 60 as a compensation pick for losing free agent Jamie Walker. Hamilton ended up retiring before the 2011 season after three rough years on the Class A level. 2006 – No. 6 Andrew Miller. Miller looked like a future contributor for the Tigers but he couldn’t figure it out as a starter. He made four starts with the Erie SeaWolves in 2007 and started 13 games with the Tigers going 5-5 with a 5.63 ERA. In December of 2007, Miller was part of the nine-player trade to the Florida Marlins. He struggled with the Marlins and shifted back and forth between the rotation and the bullpen. After the 2010 season, he was traded to the Boston Red Sox for Dustin Richardson. In three seasons with Boston, he has made 96 appearances, including 12 starts. 2005 – No. 10 Cameron Maybin. Maybin had a quick 20-game stop in Erie during 2007 and was quickly climbing the minor-league ladder. He played in 24 games in Detroit in 2007 and was part of the nine-player trade to Florida. Maybin spent three seasons with the Marlins before being traded to San Diego after the 2010 season for Ryan Webb and Edward Mujica. 2004 – No. 2 Justin Verlander. Obviously, this has been one of Detroit’s best draft picks in recent history. Verlander was in the minor leagues for all of 20 games before being called up. He did make seven starts with the Erie SeaWolves, going 2-0 with a 0.28 ERA. Hard to believe Matt Bush was drafted ahead of him at No. 1. 2003 – No. 3 Kyle Sleeth. Sleeth made it to Erie in 2007 and made eight appearances. Tommy John surgery pretty much derailed his career early on, and he tried to come back for three seasons but ended up retiring before the 2008 season.
It’s a lighter schedule, but set those lineups early since there’s a game at 1:08 p.m.
Tampa Bay (Ro.Hernandez 3-5) at Detroit (Scherzer 7-0), 1:08 p.m.
Baltimore (Mig.Gonzalez 2-2) at Houston (B.Norris 5-4), 2:10 p.m.
Texas (D.Holland 5-2) at Boston (Lester 6-2), 7:10 p.m.
Minnesota (Pelfrey 3-6) at Kansas City (W.Davis 3-5), 8:10 p.m.
Oakland (Straily 3-2) at Chicago White Sox (Quintana 3-2), 8:10 p.m.
N.Y. Yankees (P.Hughes 2-4) at Seattle (Harang 2-5), 10:10 p.m.
N.Y. Mets (Marcum 0-6) at Washington (G.Gonzalez 3-3), 7:05 p.m.
Arizona (Kennedy 3-3) at St. Louis (S.Miller 6-3), 7:15 p.m.
Philadelphia (Cloyd 1-2) at Milwaukee (W.Peralta 4-6), 8:10 p.m.
San Diego (Cashner 4-3) at Colorado (Chacin 3-3), 8:40 p.m.
Atlanta (Hudson 4-4) at L.A. Dodgers (Greinke 2-1), 10:10 p.m.
Postgame: The Erie SeaWolves were held to a season-low two hits as Drake Britton dominated on the mound. He struck out eight and had his no-hitter broken up in the seventh inning on a Hernan Perez double. Britton is the No. 11 overall prospect in the Boston Red Sox organization. … Erie and Portland have split the first two games of the series. Erie has not lost a series at home this season and the two teams play one more time on Thursday night. … Tyler Clark and Tyler Stohr combined to throw three scoreless innings. In two games this series, the Erie bullpen has allowed three runs in 11 2/3 innings. … Shannon Wilkerson has an interesting tradition for Portland. The centerfielder goes out to pray at the wall before every inning. … Matt Spring is the backup catcher for the Sea Dogs. Not only did he catch a two-hit shutout tonight, he had an RBI double in the second inning and a two-run double in the sixth.
Portland Sea Dogs (30-26) at Erie SeaWolves (32-24) 7:05 p.m., Jerry Uht Park
Tyler Clark is done after two solid innings for the SeaWolves. He goes 2 IP 1 H 0 ER 1 BB 2 K. Tyler Stohr relieves Clark and gets a nice double play from Eugenio Suarez and Hernan Perez to keep Portland off the scoreboard. 6-0 Sea Dogs heading bottom nine.
Drake Britton is done after allowing one hit in 8 innings. Former Cleveland Indian Rafael Perez in to pitch for Portland. Portland wins 6-0.
Drake Britton is only two batters over the minimum as he goes 1-2-3 again. Portland cruising 6-0.
Tyler Clark relieves Warwick Saupold and allows two baserunners but neither score. Saupold finished 6 IP 6 H 6 ER 2 BB 2 K and is in line for the loss.
Hernan Perez breaks up the no-hitter with a double down the left field line. He is stranded at third and Portland leads 6-0.
Portland adds two more as backup catcher Matt Spring is on fire. He doubles with one out to drive in two more runs, his second RBI double of the game. In 18 starts this season, Spring has nine multi-RBI games. 6-0 Sea Dogs
1-2-3 inning including two strikeouts and Drake Britton has a no-no through six.
Xander Bogaerts draws a two-out walk but Warwick Saupold has pitching well the past two innings. He gets Michael Almanzar to ground into a fielder’s choice. Still 4-0 Portland.
No-no alert. 1-2-3 inning for Drake Britton and he hasn’t allowed a hit through five innings.
Travis Shaw gets a one-out single and stole second but Portland cannot take advantage. Drake Britton continues to dominate with a 1-2-3 inning. 4-0 Sea Dogs
Starting lineups Portland – CF Shannon Wilkerson (.277), SS Xander Bogaerts (.306), 3B Michael Almanzar (.284), DH Tony Thomas (.244), RF J.C. Linares (.227), 1B Travis Shaw (.221), C Matt Spring (.338), LF Kolbrin Vitek (.203), 2B Derrik Gibson (.224) Erie – SS Eugenio Suarez (.252), 2B Hernan Perez (.309), CF Daniel Fields (.289), DH Tyler Collins (.233), C James McCann (.316), 3B Wade Gaynor (.222), 1B James Robbins (.235), RF Luis Castillo (.254), LF Marcus Lemon (.244)
Xander Bogaerts crushed the first pitch he saw with one out to give Portland its second solo homer of the day. Warwick Saupold then retired the next two hitters to limit the damage. 4-0 Sea Dogs
Drake Britton is dealing with a 1-2-3 inning. He has allowed just one baserunner with a walk to Wade Gaynor.
Not a pretty top of the second for Erie. J.C. Linares is hit by a pitch and after a Travis Shaw strikeout, Matt Spring doubles down the left field line to drive in Linares. Kolbrin Vitek follows with a ground ball that hits second base and rolls into right-center to drive in Spring. Hernan Perez and Eugenio Suarez start a 4-6-3 double play to end the threat. 3-0 Portland
Erie finally gets a baserunner when Wade Gaynor draws a two-out walk but James Robbins grounds out to end the inning.
FIRST INNING – After two quick outs, Michael Almanzar launches a solo shot on a 1-2 pitch, his 11th homer of the year. Warwick Saupold recovers to get Tony Thomas to ground out. 1-0 Portland.
Eugenio Suarez and Daniel Fields strike out in a quick 1-2-3 inning for Drake Britton.
Pregame: Erie snapped its six-game losing streak late Tuesday night with a thrilling 8-7 walkoff win in 12 innings. Daniel Fields singled to left to drive in Luis Castillo to win a game that ended around 11:30 p.m. … Patrick Cooper’s bullpen session did not go as planned yesterday and he will remain on the disabled list with shoulder soreness. … Will Startup is on track to come off the disabled list on Friday. He is also on the DL with shoulder soreness.