State College of Florida left-handed pitcher Alex Burgos became the Detroit Tigers’ fifth-round selection today in Major League Baseball’s Amateur Draft.
The 19-year-old was drafted 163rd overall after a strong sophomore season for the Manatees, where he led the club to the program’s first JUCO World Series appearance since 2002.
Burgos was 13-1 with a 1.42 earned-run average and 109 strikeouts in 95 1/3 innings prior to the JUCO World Series in Grand Junction, Colo.
He finished his junior college career on a sour note as the San Jacinto (Texas) College-North Gators roughed up the southpaw for eight earned runs in 4 2/3 innings.
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Burgos is the first area player chosen in this year’s draft, and if he signs, then he’ll have a chance to go through a farm system that has an affiliate in Lakeland’s Joker Marchant Stadium, where he was the FCCAA/NJCAA Gulf District most outstanding pitcher.
Burgos’ SCF teammate and fellow pitcher, Josh Lucas, was selected in the 21st round by the St. Louis Cardinals.
Lucas was made the 649th overall selection in this year’s draft and it was his second consecutive year getting drafted. The right-hander opted for SCF following his 2009 draft selection by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 39th round.
The Manatees also have two incoming players that were drafted with left-handed pitcher Ben Freeman (Cardinals, 11th round) and catcher Roderick Shoulders (Boston Red Sox, 20th round).
Blake Perry, a senior pitcher at The Pendleton School at The IMG Acadamies, was taken in the sixth round by the Arizona Diamondbacks with the 181st pick.
Originally from Danville, Ky., Perry transferred to IMG in the spring of 2009. The 6-foot-5 pitcher, who had committed to the University of Kentucky, went 2-0 with a 3.54 ERA with 29 strikeouts in 29 1/3 innings with Pendleton.
Dillon Moyer, also with The Pendleton School at IMG Academies, was taken in the 22nd round by the Minnesota Twins.
The shortstop was taken with the 675th overall pick.