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Friday, May 8, 2015

Buehler? Buehler? Buehler? Anyone? Mock draft has Tigers taking Vandy RHP

With the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft right around the corner, it's about time for mock drafts to start springing up.

Hot on the heels of releasing its top 100 prospects, Baseball America released its first mock draft on Friday, and it has the Detroit Tigers — shockingly — selecting a hard-throwing collegiate arm in Vanderbilt's Walker Buehler.

Buehler's fastball sits in the mid-90s, despite a slim frame, and he has a four-pitch repertoire which includes a change-up, slider and curveball. Baseball America's analysis of the pick includes the thought that he could help the Tigers out of the bullpen as soon as this season, which would be a bonus.

Plus, you know, the obvious: His name would be almost as fun to goof around with as Joey Pankake's has proven to be. (Plus, his Twitter handle is @buehlersdayoff, so you know he's good with it.)

The mock draft also has Birmingham Brother Rice's Nick Plummer going No. 15 overall to the Brewers. No Michigan high school player has been drafted in the first round since Divine Child's Ryan Anderson in 1997.

The MLB draft is June 8-10. The Tigers have picks No. 22, 34 (compensation for Max Scherzer signing with the Nationals), 65 and 99 in the top 100 selections.

Here's a video on Buehler as a draft prospect:


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