2013 MLB Draft: Detroit Tigers Select Pitcher Austin Kubitza

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The Detroit Tigers used their fourth pick in the 2013 MLB Draft to take yet another pitcher. They selected right-hander Austin Kubitza out of Rice University.

Of all the picks the Tigers have made so far in this year’s draft, Kubitza seems to be the most capable of turning into a long-term starter. He has been effective in that role for Rice for a while now. The knock on Kubitza is whether or not his heavy reliance on using only his arm will lead to injury concerns. However, the Tigers should see this as an opportunity to improve the young hurler. He has already been exceptional using his current delivery and would seemingly improve if he were to adjust his mechanics a bit.

If they can get him to use his legs more with his delivery, he has the potential to turn into a dominant starter.

Kubitza has allowed just 66 hits in 102.1 innings pitched this season for Rice. He’s only allowed 23 earned runs over that span, which proves he has the ability to limit damage when he does allow a runner to reach base. Hitters have had loads of trouble hitting for power off him, racking up just 11 extra-base hits and zero home runs against him this season.

He has logged 126 strikeouts in that span and just 48 walks.  His best pitch is his sinker, which makes it a lot easier for him to keep the ball in the park. Kubitza will remind Tigers’ fans of Rick Porcello in that he likes to keep the ball down in the strike zone. He may turn into more of a strikeout pitcher, though, if he figures out how to use his change up more effectively.

David Fouty is a columnist for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @davefouty, “Like” him on Facebook and add him to your network on Google+.

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