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MLB draft 2015: Tigers select LHP Tyler Alexander with No. 65 overall pick

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The Tigers took a surprising turn with their second round pick, drafting TCU sophomore pitcher Tyler Alexander.

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The Detroit Tigers selected left-handed pitcher Tyler Alexander with the No. 65 overall pick in tonight's Major League Baseball amateur player draft, their third of three selections among the top 75 picks of the draft. Alexander, a sophomore pitcher who was not highly ranked, was 6-2 with a 2.65 ERA in 15 appearances for the Horned Frogs in 2015.

Alexander made some waves as a freshman in 2014, going 10-3 with a 2.36 ERA in 20 appearances. He was named to the Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American team and was a 2nd-team All-Big 12 Conference performer.

The Tigers originally drafted Alexander in the 23rd round of the 2013 draft, but were unable to ink the left-hander to a pro contract. Alexander was ranked the 327th overall prospect by Baseball America prior to this year's draft. He does not have the premium velocity of most Tigers draft picks, sitting in the high 80s with his fastball.

The Tigers selected right-handed pitcher Beau Burrows and outfielder Christin Stewart with their first two picks of the evening.

Previous second round picks:

2014: Spencer Turnbull
2013: Kevin Ziomek
2012: Jake Thompson
2011: James McCann
2010: Drew Smyly
2009: Andy Oliver
2008: Cody Satterwhite
2007: Danny Worth
2006: Ron Bourquin