Major League Baseball's amateur player draft is unique, and not just because the players are so far removed from the major leagues when selected. Of the four major American professional sports, only baseball's amateur draft occurs during the season of play.
While fans of other sports have to wait months to see their new draftees in action, baseball fans can get a glimpse of their team's new talent right away. Many of them might not make their major league debut for three or four years (if ever), but the College World Series offers a great showcase for fans to get acquainted with the newly drafted talent.
The Tigers drafted six players that will be in Omaha, Nebraska for the College World Series, which starts on Saturday, June 13th. Second round pick Tyler Alexander is one of three players from the TCU Horned Frogs playing this weekend. Fourth round pick Kade Scivicque is the starting catcher for the LSU Tigers, one of the favorites to win the NCAA Championship. Righthanded pitcher Mike Vinson, the Tigers' 24th round pick, plays for the Florida Gators, but he is currently injured and unlikely to see any playing time. Florida is Las Vegas' pick to win it all. Infielder Daniel Pinero from Virginia was the Tigers' 36th round pick.
Here's how (and when) to watch the newest Tigers play ball this weekend.
TCU Horned Frogs (49-13)
Tigers draftees: LHP Tyler Alexander (2), RHP Trey Teakell (9), SS Keaton Jones (15)
SB Nation blog: Frogs o' War
First game: Sunday vs. LSU, 3:00 p.m., ESPN
If they win: The winner of the TCU-LSU showdown will face the winner of Vanderbilt and Cal State Fullerton on Tuesday at 8:00 p.m.
LSU Tigers (53-10)
Tigers draftee: C Kade Scivicque (4)
SB Nation blog: And the Valley Shook
First game: Sunday vs. TCU, 3:00 p.m., ESPN
If they win: The winner of the TCU-LSU showdown will face the winner of Vanderbilt and Cal State Fullerton on Tuesday at 8:00 p.m. The two losers play one another in an elimination game on Monday at 3:00 p.m.
Florida Gators (46-19)
Tigers draftee: RHP Mike Vinson (24)
SB Nation blog: Alligator Army
First game: Saturday vs. Miami (FL), 8:00 p.m., ESPN
If they win: Florida is on the opposite side of the bracket from TCU and LSU. The Gators will play the winner of Arkansas-Virginia on Monday at 8:00 p.m.
Virginia Cavaliers (39-22)
Tigers draftee: 3B Daniel Pinero (36)
SB Nation blog: Streaking the Lawn
First game: Saturday vs. Arkansas, 3:00 p.m., ESPN
If they win: The Cavaliers play the winner of the Florida-Miami matchup on Monday at 8:00 p.m.
You can see the full schedule and bracket here. The College World Series is a double elimination tournament, so the loser of the TCU-LSU matchup is not out of the tournament on Saturday. Teams remain on the same side of the bracket after they lose, so a TCU-LSU rematch would only occur in the semifinals. Florida would only play TCU or LSU in the finals, which is a best-of-three series regardless of whether the two teams remaining have lost a game. The finals of the College World Series start on June 22nd.