Originally written on The Detroit Sports Site  |  Last updated 6/8/13
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The Detroit Tigers selected OF Ben Verlander, the younger brother of ace pitcher Justin Verlander, in Round 14 of this year’s MLB Draft. Officially drafted by the Detroit Tigers!!! WOW! So excited!! — Ben Verlander (@Verly32) June 8, 2013 Verlander hit .367 during his junior season at Old Dominion, with 11 home runs and 44 RBI. He figured to hear his name called at some point during the draft, and the Tigers have made a habit of drafting players who are related to others in their organization — though, usually those ties are to coaches (i.e. Alex Avila and Patrick Leyland). However, the Tigers pounced on the younger Verlander early on Saturday, the final afternoon of the three-day draft. Verlander could opt to return to Old Dominion for his senior season, but the odds are that he’ll sign with the Tigers and jump into their minor-league system.
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