Baseball players with Michigan ties selected
While many in Michigan were watching the 2022 MLB Draft to see who would select the Detroit Tigers, there were others with local ties who would take it to the next level.
Here’s a look at the homegrown talent picked up in this year’s MLB draft so far:
Day 2: Breaking down the Tigers’ picks in Rounds 3-10
Tigers select Texas Tech 2B Jace Jung with No. 12 MLB draft pick
Tigers select Oklahoma SS Peyton Graham with 51st overall pick in MLB Draft
BY Jakob Marsee, Central Michigan
Measurements: 6-0, 180 lbs.
Written: Sixth round (No. 180 overall) at the San Diego Padres.
The buzz: Marsee, a native of Allen Park, had a stellar year for Central Michigan last season. Hitting .278 with a team-best four homers and 29 RBIs, he ranked third on the Chippewas with 58 hits and fourth with a .402 hitting percentage. During his career, Marsee started in 130 of 134 games from 2020 to 22, hitting 12 home runs and 101 RBIs. He is the second Chippewa out of the draw after Houston selected Andrew Taylor in the second round.
P Brock Porter, Orchard Lake St. Mary’s
Measurements: 6-4, 208 lbs.
Written: Fourth round (#109 overall) at Texas Rangers.
The buzz: Considered by MLB Pipeline the best pitcher in the draft, Porter’s fall in the fourth round is staggering. Porter won three state titles in three seasons with Orchard Lake St. Mary’s and won Gatorade State Player of the Year in 2021 and 2022. He also won the National Player of the Gatorade’s year in 2022 after going 9-0 with a 0.41 ERA, throwing 115 strikeouts in 58 innings and three hitless. The 19-year-old has committed to playing for Clemson this fall under former UM coach Erik Bakich. His draft slide could improve Porter’s chances of adapting to the Tigers and delaying his pro debut.
P Andrew Taylor, Central Michigan
Measurements: 6-5, 190 lbs.
Written: Second round (No. 80 overall) at the Houston Astros.
The buzz: Taylor has just completed his second season and has dominated each of his first two years at Mount Pleasant. After being named first-team All-American in 2021, by ABCA/Rawlings, D1 Baseball and Baseball America, he followed that up with another solid year. Taylor finished last season at 8-4 with a 2.45 ERA and 126 strikeouts. He is sixth in program history in strikeouts in just two years. This was considered a reach by some pundits, as MLB Pipeline had Taylor ranked No. 156 overall by MLB Pipeline, and D1 Baseball gave him a fifth-round rating. His fastball tops out at around 94 mph, but has a high spin rate, which the Astros covet. His change is considered his “plus” pitch.
OF Clark Elliott, Michigan
Measurements: 6-0, 185 lbs.
Bats/Throws: Left right.
Written: Second round (#69 overall) at Oakland Athletics.
The buzz: A standout for UM, Elliot made a massive leap in his junior season. Projected as a corner fielder in the pros, Elliot was named to the All Big-Ten team by the coaches after setting career highs in batting average (.337), home runs (16), RBIs (69) on-base percentage (.430) and runs scored (73). Scouts are said to love his speed and batting skills, but he’s received mixed reviews for how his power will translate to the next level. MLB’s Jim Callis said the bullish comparison he heard was Michael Brantley.
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