Three Tigers Picked in MLB Draft

Three Tigers were taken in the Major League Draft on June 5,6, 2008. Junior righthander D.J. Mitchell was selected in the 10th round by the Yankees. He became the first Tiger to be drafted by the Yankees since 1990.

Mitchell had a 6-5 record and 3.47 ERA in 20 appearances (14 starts) in 2008. He also allowed 97 hits and 40 walks with 106 strikeouts in 98.2 innings pitched. His strikeout total was the most by a Tiger since 1996, when Kris Benson struck out 204.

Senior catcher Doug Hogan was taken in the 18th round by the Rangers. He hit .271 with 11 homers, a team-best 51 RBIs, and 10 stolen bases in 2008. Hogan was chosen in the 16th round of the 2007 draft by the Indians, but he elected to return to Clemson for his senior season, when he earned his degree in financial management.

Junior lefthander Ryan Hinson was selected in the 31st round by the Pirates. He had a 3-5 record and 4.74 ERA in 19 appearances (10 starts) in 2008. In 68.1 innings pitched, he struck out 62 against only 22 walks.

With the three selections, Jack Leggett has had a total of 73 players drafted in his 15 seasons as head coach at Clemson. Thirteen of those 73 players were drafted twice, meaning a Tiger has been drafted 86 times in his tenure. Thirteen more Tigers have signed free-agent contracts as well.

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