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Tigers select 3B Nick Castellanos and RHP Chance Ruffin on first day of Draft
06/08/2010 12:26 AM ET
DETROIT -- The Detroit Tigers this evening selected third baseman Nick Castellanos from Archbishop McCarthy High School in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. and righthanded pitcher Chance Ruffin from the University of Texas with the 44th and 48th overall selections, respectively, in the 2010 First-Year Player Draft.

Castellanos, a 6-4, 210-pound third baseman, was rated by Baseball America as the 14th overall prospect prior to the draft. He was also rated by Baseball America as possessing the second-best strike-zone judgment and as the third-best pure hitter among high school players.

The third baseman was named Gatorade Player of the Year for the state of Florida after batting .542 with 34 runs scored, 41 RBI and 22 stolen bases while leading his team to the Class 4A state championship. He earned Most Valuable Player honors in the 2009 Under Armour All-America Game at Wrigley Field after finishing the game with three runs scored, four doubles and three RBI. He earned all tournament honors with the USA Baseball 18U National Team that won the gold medal at the 2009 Pan American Junior Championships.

Ruffin, a 6-1, 185-pound righthanded pitcher, posted a 6-1 record, 0.75 ERA and 14 saves in 35 appearances during his junior season at the University of Texas. He fanned 94 batters in 60.1 innings pitched during his junior season and fanned 290 batters in 262.1 innings pitched during his career with the Longhorns. He is the son of former major leaguer Bruce Ruffin.

Ruffin was named a Louisville Slugger NCAA Division I All-American in 2010 and is currently leading the nation with a 0.75 ERA and 14.1 strikeouts per nine innings, while he is tied for third with 14 saves. Ruffin is a finalist for the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Stopper of the Year Award while also earning All-Big 12 honors for the third consecutive season.

The 2010 First-Year Player Draft continues tomorrow at noon and will continue through the 30th round before concluding with the final 20 rounds on Wednesday.

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