With the 39th pick of the 2013 MLB First Year Player Draft, the Detroit Tigers select Corey Knebel, a right handed pitcher out of Texas. Knebel is a Texas closer, much like Chance Ruffin a few years ago. But the comparisons end there. Ruffin was a guy with multiple pitches and Knebel has power stuff. In particular, he has a great fastball that sits in the low to mid 90s and touches 98 at times. He combines this with a very good curveball and great makeup on the mound; the guy is a bulldog.
That said, Knebel has had some off-the-field issues. He was suspended for getting into a fight with one of his coaches and attempted to use his urine in a teammate's drug test. If he can overcome these issues, he's a good player, and one who could potentially close in Detroit.
The Tigers have one more draft pick tonight, the 58th overall in the second round.
Just talked with Corey Knebel. Sounds like #Tigers have plans on making him a starter, at least to begin his pro career.— Jason Beck (@beckjason) June 7, 2013