Written by Corbett Smith
MLB Draft notebook: Detroit Tigers, team scout Tim Grieve pick up Dallas-area trio
While Tom Grieve is ubiquitous with baseball in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, it was his son, Tim, who left his fingerprints all over the first few rounds of Day 2 of the MLB draft.
It was easy to see the work of the younger Grieve, an area scout for the Detroit Tigers, in his organization’s first three picks Tuesday.
Rockwall-Heath right-hander Jake Thompson was the Tigers’ first pick in the draft, selected at No. 91 near the end of the second round. Detroit’s first-round selection (No. 27) was forfeited to Milwaukee, a result of the Prince Fielder signing.
Detroit’s next pick — No. 121, in the third round — was used on Frisco Centennial shortstop Austin Schotts.
And the Tigers selected Vanderbilt pitcher Drew VerHagen in the fourth round. VerHagen was an all-district first baseman and designated hitter at Heath his junior and senior seasons. The 6-6 right-hander took a circuitous route to Vandy, undergoing Tommy John surgery before his senior season at Heath, signing with Oklahoma, then transferring to Corsicana’s Navarro Junior College before ending up in Nashville, Tenn.
Schotts, originally from Arizona, said he didn’t know much about the Grieve family — including former No. 2 overall pick Ben Grieve, Tim’s younger brother.
But he came away impressed after a visit with Tim, a former Arlington Martin and TCU pitcher.
“I had a home visit with [Grieve] early in the season,” Schotts said. “It was just really about them getting to know my family. … I really liked him.”
Argyle star selected: Austin Aune, Argyle’s star quarterback and shortstop, was sitting in his dorm room at TCU when he got the call that he was selected in the second round, No. 89, by the New York Yankees. Aune signed for football and had planned to play both sports at TCU.
After the call, however, he started packing up; the Yankees’ pick value for the spot was $548,400.
“They called earlier this morning, made me an offer, and it was one that was right for our family and I thought was at the right time,” Aune said. “We accepted it.”
Aune batted .447 with eight home runs, 41 RBIs and 20 steals this season.
Graduation gifts: It was a busy day for Rockwall-Heath’s Thompson. He had practice at 10 a.m. Tuesday, getting ready for his start in Thursday’s Class 4A state semifinals. Rockwall’s Spencer Edwards, Aune and Thompson were drafted in a four-pick span around noon. And the Heath right-hander then had to prepare for his graduation at 3 p.m.
Edwards and Rockwall catcher Steve Bean, who was drafted No. 59 on Monday night, also walked across the stage to get their diplomas in a ceremony that started at 7 p.m.
The Denton Record-Chronicle’s Ben Baby and Adam Boedeker contributed to this report.
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