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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Tigers tab college arms in 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th rounds

The Tigers grabbed a pair of college arms in the fourth and fifth rounds, selecting Vanderbilt right-hander Drew Verhagen at No. 154 overall, and Central Florida lefty Joe Rogers at No. 184 overall.

Verhagen is a 6-foot-6, 230-pound hard-throwing (mid-90s fastball) with a history of injuries, while
Rogers is a lefty with a low-90s fastball who could be tried as a starter.

Here's the scouting video on Rogers:

In the sixth round, the Tigers took Oklahoma lefty Jordan John.
In the seventh round, the Tigers took Florida right-hander Hudson Randall. From the reports, it sounds like Randall could be a right-handed version of Adam Wilk, a guy who has the 'pitchability' to stick around, but may max out in the high end of the minors, because of a lack of true stuff.

From, the scouting report on Randall:
"There are others from the Gators program higher in these rankings, including some potential top picks, but there is something to be said for being the Friday starter on one of the best college teams in the country. Randall has been effective throughout his career thanks to plus pitchability. He throws an average fastball, up to about 91 mph with some tail and sink, which plays up because of outstanding command. His changeup is the best of his other pitches, an above-average pitch that can be plus at times. He throws a curve and slider, both of which are fringe average offerings. But he throws all of them for strikes and really understands what to throw when. Randall's intangibles — competitiveness and poise — are off the charts and they allow him to succeed at such a high level without plus stuff. It's also what could allow him to move quickly through a system and help the back end of a rotation one day."


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