Tigers keep it in the family on Day 2
Detroit selects Kaline's grandson, Zumaya's brother
Hopefully the old phrase "familiarity breeds contempt" doesn't hold true for the Tigers' 2007 Draft class.Otherwise, several of the Tigers' selections made on Day 2 of the First-Year Player Draft are in trouble. At least 11 players selected by the Tigers on Friday are likely familiar to fans in the state of Michigan. Two of them are related to former Major Leaguers, four of them are related to current members of the Tigers, while five others played in the state of Michigan at the college or high school level this past year. Cale Iorg, the son of former Blue Jay Garth Iorg, was selected by the Tigers in the seventh round. Colin Kaline, grandson of former Tiger Hall of Famer Al Kaline, was taken in Round 25. "I saw his name on the board, but I didn't [expect it]," Al Kaline said prior to Friday's game with the Mets. "I was kind of surprised, really, especially since they know he's going to go to college. As soon as they called me, they said, 'Congratulations.' I said, 'What for?'" Kaline, a second baseman at Birmingham Groves (Birmingham, Mich.) High School, had signed to play at Florida Southern next year. His famous grandfather said he wasn't sure what Colin's plans were. "I don't even think about it that way. I just tell him to have fun and enjoy college," Al said of Colin, who had a .532 batting average in 32 games this year after batting .500 last season. "When you get to your junior year, you know if you're going to be able to go play professional ball or not." "But mostly, I just encourage him to have fun and enjoy his college career. He's a very good student, so whatever he decides to do, he's going to be very good at whatever he does." Iorg, a shortstop who played one year at the University of Alabama before a mission trip took him to Portugal and away from baseball for the past two years, was the Tigers' first pick of the day in Round 7. Iorg won't return home until July 14, so it isn't known whether he will complete his final three years of eligibility with the Crimson Tide or sign with the Tigers. Garth Iorg said his son was "very excited" to hear the news that he had been drafted when he reached him by phone for a brief conversation on Friday afternoon. "I think it's a wise move for the Tigers," Garth Iorg said from his home in Knoxville, Tenn. "I think he's a heck of an athlete. Had he not gone on his trip, I think he would have been one of the top picks."
Top 10 overall picks
|1. TB||SS||Tim Beckham||Griffin HS (Ga.)|
|2. PIT||3B||Pedro Alvarez||Vanderbilt U|
|3. KC||1B||Eric Hosmer||Am. Heritage Sch. (Fla.)|
|4. BAL||LHP||Brian Matusz||U of San Diego|
|5. SF||C||Gerald Posey||Florida State U|
|6. FLA||C||Kyle Skipworth||Patriot HS (Calif.)|
|7. CIN||1B||Yonder Alonso||U of Miami|
|8. CWS||SS||Gordon Beckham||U of Georgia|
|9. WAS||RHP||Aaron Crow||U Missouri Columbia|
|10. HOU||C||Jason Castro||Stanford U|
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Tim Kirby is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.