Alex Faedo is the Tigers first round pick out of the University of Florida, where he has served as one of the team's top pitchers. At 6-5, 220, Faedo is an intimidating presence on the mound, and his performance this spring has backed that up. Entering the day of the draft, he has a 2.60 ERA over 17 starts in 107 1/3 innings. He's struck out 132 batters (good for a K/9 of 11.1), while walking only 35, and only an average against of .223.
The Tigers originally selected Faedo in the 2014 draft as a 40th round pick, but Faedo elected to attend school rather than sign.
Here's what Scout's MLB Draft Expert Jeff Ellis had to say about Faedo;
I am content to be the high guy on Faedo, who has fallen out of the top ten of most boards. I think a team is going to get a
steal,after he had late surgery on both his knees before the season began. In his last start against Wake Forest in the super regional, it took an act of God to stop him. He was mid 90’s in the start, with a plus slider, striking out nine over four before a lightning delay knocked him out of the game. Kudos to the Florida coach for making the right decision for the player. While he was not as strong as a year ago, the numbers were still excellent. He had a strikeout rate over ten and a walk rate that was a little under three. I think Faedo will be the steal of the draft, and a guy we look back on and think, “Why did he slide?”
The Tigers director of amateur scouting Scott Plies was elated with the selection, stating, "The Tigers are extremely excited to have drafted one of the most polished right-handed pitchers in all of college baseball,” Pleis said. “Alex Faedo throws in the low to mid 90’s with a plus slider and a changeup. We couldn’t be happier to have him in the fold.”
Stay tuned to TigsTown for complete coverage on Faedo and the rest of the Tigers new draft class.