Tigers Agree to Terms with First Round Pick Alex Faedo

DETROIT - The Detroit Tigers today announced the club has agreed to terms with right-handed pitcher Alex Faedo from the University of Florida, the club's first round selection (18th overall) in the 2017 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.

In 20 appearances, including 19 starts, with Florida this season, Faedo had a 9-2 record with a 2.26 ERA (123.2IP/31ER). The 6-foot-5, 220-pound junior also racked up 157 strikeouts (11.43 SO/9.0IP) with only 42 walks (3.74 SO/BB). Faedo saved some of his best pitching for the postseason, appearing in five games during the NCAA Tournament, compiling a 2-0 record with one save, 0.33 ERA (27.1IP/1ER) and 44 strikeouts and helping the Gators to their first-ever national championship. He was named the Most Outstanding Player of the 2017 College World Series after starting two games vs. TCU and not allowing a run in 14.1 innings, while striking out 22. Faedo was also selected to the 11-man CWS All-Tournament Team.

In his three seasons with the Gators (2015-17), Faedo posted a 28-6 career record with a 2.80 ERA (289.2IP/90ER) and 349 strikeouts in 56 appearances (48 starts). He was a standout on the 2016 USA Collegiate National Team as well, when he went 3-0 with a 0.56 ERA and 21 strikeouts in 16 innings. Faedo was previously selected by Detroit in the 40th round of the 2014 draft out of Alonso High School in Tampa, Fl., but did not sign.

With Faedo's signing, the club has agreed to terms with 30 players from this year's draft, including 22 of their first 23 selections. The list of all drafted players agreeing to terms with the Tigers follows:

 

Rd.

Player

Position

Ht.

Wt.

B/T

Age

School

1

Alex Faedo

RHP

6-5

220

R/R

21

University of Florida

2

Reynaldo Rivera

OF

6-6

250

L/R

21

Chipola College

3

Joey Morgan

C

6-0

205

R/R

20

University of Washington

4

Gio Arriera

RHP

6-2

220

R/R

19

Palm Beach State College

5

Sam McMillan

C

6-0

190

R/R

18

Suwannee HS (FL)

6

Dane Myers

RHP

6-2

205

R/R

21

Rice University

7

Brad Bass

RHP

6-6

250

R/R

21

University of Notre Dame

8

Max Green

LHP

6-1

175

L/L

21

Pepperdine University

9

Luke Burch

OF

6-2

185

L/L

23

Kent State University

10

Garrett McCain

OF

6-0

185

R/L

21

Oklahoma State University

11

Garett King

RHP

6-4

189

R/R

21

California Baptist University

12

Will Vest

RHP

6-0

180

R/R

22

Stephen F. Austin St. University

13

Cole Peterson

SS

5-11

160

L/R

21

St. Bonaventure University

15

Teddy Hoffman

RF

6-0

200

R/R

20

Texas State University

16

Carson Lance

RHP

6-5

240

R/R

22

Lamar University

17

Billy Lescher

RHP

6-4

215

R/R

21

University of Pennsylvania

18

Dylan Rosa

LF

6-2

210

R/R

20

Kent State University

19

Ryan Karstetter

3B

6-4

210

R/R

20

State College of Florida Manatee - Sarasota

20

Dylan Burdeaux

1B

6-2

230

R/R

23

University of Southern Mississippi

21

Jordan Pearce

3B

6-2

200

L/R

21

University of Nevada Reno

22

Colby Bortles

3B

6-5

225

R/R

22

University of Mississippi

23

Mitchell Stalsberg

LHP

6-1

200

L/L

21

Winona State University

25

Dylan Stock

RHP

6-4

195

R/R

20

Binghamton University

26

Drew Crosby

LHP

6-0

196

R/L

21

University of Memphis

27

Jake Bivens

UTL

6-1

185

L/R

22

University of Michigan

29

Grant Reuss

LHP

6-5

230

R/L

21

University of Michigan

30

Kyle Thomas

RHP

6-3

195

R/R

22

University of Northwestern Ohio

32

Drew Carlton

RHP

6-1

207

R/R

21

Florida State University

34

Ronell Coleman

CF

5-5

155

S/R

22

Vanderbilt University

37

Shane Cooper

SS

5-11

185

R/R

22

Hutchinson CC