The Detroit Tigers went with speed and defense with their first pick Thursday. They went back to their bread and butter with their second. After a somewhat surprising first-round pick, the Tigers used their second-round pick to select Alabama right-handed hurler Spencer Turnbull, sticking with the organizational belief that a team can never have enough power arms. The pick, No. 63 overall, came 40 picks after the team selected California prep outfielder Derek Hill with the 23rd overall pick in this year's amateur draft. Former Tigers outfielder Chet Lemon announced the second-round selection. A 6-foot-3, 230-pound reliever, Turnbull had a 2.22 ERA and limited opponents to a .192 batting average as a junior at Alabama this season. He struck out 61 in 93 1/3 innings and went 5-7 in 15 appearances, all starts.
Tigers take Alabama right-handed hurler Spencer Turnbull with second-round draft pick
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