Detroit added great potential to its farm system that shows a lot of promise for the future.
The Tigers selected Elk Grove High School outfielder Derek Hill with their first-round pick in the 2014 MLB draft on Thursday, June 5.
The 6'2" 195 pound center fielder hit .500 with 30 runs batted in and stole 29 bases as a senior at the high school located near Sacramento, Calif.
Hill was rated by MLB scouts as the sixth-best outfield prospect and the 22nd best prospect overall. According to MLB experts, Hill is one of the best defensive and fastest players in this years draft. MLB insiders say that Hill has a solid arm and is stronger than most at his position, and was one of the best prospects in the Bay Area.
"Derek is an excellent hitter, a great defensive outfielder and has electric speed. We're pleased to have the opportunity to add him to our organization," said David Chadd, vice president and amateur scouting assistant to GM.
University of Alabama ace, Spencer Turnbull, could see a much brighter future as a reliever in the big leagues. This past season Turnbull posted a 2.22 ERA with a .192 opponent batting average as a starter.
According to his scouting report, Turnbull is a hard throwing right hander, with a fastball that can reach the upper 90s. With top pitching prospects Robbie Ray, Jake Thompson, and Jonathon Crawford standing in the way, and current bullpen woes, relief could be a great option for Turnbull.
In the third-round, Tigers selected right handed pitcher Adam Ravenelle, who has had injury issues in the past that could hinder his time with the team. On the upside, Ravenelle's great fastball-slider combination and change-up could keep him in the bullpen.
The Tigers selected two catchers on day two of MLB draft as they chose Grayson Greiner in the third-round and Shane Zeile in the fifth. Greiner and Zeile are both mentioned as "specimens" as Greiner stands a major league record 6'6" with an solid and accurate arm. His bat is a cause for concern and will determine whether he will be an everyday player.
Zeile, the nephew of former Major Leaguer Todd Zeile, is new to the position but has great bat speed and shows power from the right side of the plate. Zeile started in the infield but made the move behind the plate and shows great potential with an above average arm and soft hands.
The Tigers selected Ross Kivett, a center fielder from Kansas State, in the sixth-round on Friday, June 6.
Tigers also added third basemen Joey Pankake from South Carolina, who was a teammate and roommate of Greiner at South Carolina. After starting as an pitcher, Pankake moved around the infield settling at the third base position.
The Tigers finished the day by drafting Artie Lewicki from Virginia, Josh Laxer from Ole Miss, and Paul Voelker from Dallas Baptist.
Detroit selected 30 players on the last day of the MLB draft Saturday, June 7. In the 31st round Tigers chose Grant Reuss. The University of Michigan signee is the son of Mark Reuss, president of General Motors. Tigers also selected Magglio Ordonez Jr. in the 39th round. Ordonez Jr. is the son of former Detroit Tiger star and hero of the 2006 ALCS Magglio Ordonez.