Tigers add three college position players and a reliever in rounds 4-7 of MLB Draft
After taking both positions earlier, the Tigers grabbed another Southeastern Conference pitcher and another college catcher.
In the fourth round, Detroit selected Vanderbilt pitcher Adam Ravenelle, a hard-throwing reliever whose college career was marred by injury. It’s considered a risky pick, given his limited track record in college, but the pick could have upside, giving the Tigers a quick-to-advance prospect, if he pans out.
They landed catcher Shane Zeile of UCLA (above, left) — the nephew of former big-leaguer Todd Zeile — in the fifth round. Detroit took South Carolina catcher Grayson Greiner in the third round.
Earlier in the day, Detroit drafted South Carolina catcher Grayson Greiner in the third round, after taking Alabama starter Spencer Turnbull in the second round.
In the sixth round, the Tigers took Kansas State center fielder Ross Kivett, who stayed in college after being drafted by the Indians in the 10th round last year, coming off Big 12 Player of the Year honors. The gamble didn’t really pay off (other than being drafted four rounds higher), as Kansas State finished last, and Kivett was moved from the outfield to second base, but he could be a future utility guy.
Greiner’s teammate, third baseman Joey Pankake, was the Tigers pick in the seventh round. A high school pitcher drafted by the Rangers in 2011, Pankake moved to the infield with the Gamecocks, playing shortstop for two seasons before sliding over this year.