A year ago, in the 2020 short draft, the Detroit Tigers selected three varsity fielders, a university receiver, a university outfielder and a multi-position preparation ball player.
Six players, zero pitchers.
Of course, the Tigers signed their share of pitchers in the post-draft free agency period. They did not intend to select only positional players in the draft. It just happened like that.
In 2020, five of the Tigers’ top six picks were pitchers. Again, said Scott Pleis, director of amateur scouting for the Tigers, it wasn’t necessarily planned that way.
“The approach is always to try to get the best guy,” Pleis said. “In the past we’ve had a couple of pitching-dominated top 10 rounds, but it wasn’t a philosophy to do that. We wanted to get guns, but it sort of went like that this year. “
After drafting Oklahoma prep pitcher Jackson Jobe and University of Texas pitcher Ty Madden on day one, the Tigers started Monday by selecting infielder Izaac Pacheco with the 39th overall pick. Then it was a series of pitchers, including University of Alabama right-hander Dylan Smith.
The full list of choices is below.
The draft ends Tuesday with rounds 10-20 starting at noon. It will air on MLB.com.
CHOICE OF TIGERS
Tour 1 (3) : RHP Jackson Jobe, Heritage Hall HS (Oklahoma City)
Competitive balance Round A (32): RHP Ty Madden, University of Texas
Tour 2 (39): IF Izaac Pacheco, Friendswood (Texas) Élevé
Tour 3 (74): RHP Dylan Smith, University of Alabama
Tour 4 (104): RHP Tyler Mattison, Université Bryant
Tour 5 (135): RHP Tanner Kohlhepp, University of Notre Dame
Tour 6 (165): OF Austin Murr, State of North Carolina
Tour 7 (195): LHP Brant Hurter, Georgia Tech
Round 8 (225): RHP Jordan Marks, USC Upstate
Tour 9 (255): RHP Garrett Burhenn, State of Ohio
Tour 10 (285): OF Austin Schultz, University of Kentucky