Ben Verlander drafted by Detroit Tigers
The Goochland Bulldogs had a great run this season and in the hands of some extremely capable pitchers. One of those pitchers will be moving up the ladder even farther. Ben Verlander was drafted to the Detroit Tigers in the 46th round of the Major League Baseball draft.
Ben may be joining his brother in the Majors along with 50 other drafts made by the Detroit Squad. (full listing below) Ben has committed to play for his brother's alma mater, Old Dominion, next season.
Justin was drafted in 2004 out of Old Dominion. was named 2006 AL rookie of the year, pitched a no hitter in 2007, and has become a household name in Detroit.
Coach Wes Farkas had this to say in an earlier interview about Ben, "He's got the tools, he's got the work ethic, he's got the things that he needs in place to make himself succeed at the next level."
Ben ended the Goochland season with some impressive numbers, a 1.53 ERA after 60 or so innings pitched and a .309 batting average with 2 HR and 18 RBIs. Ben was named the 2009 Player of the Year in the James River District and this year the Bulldogs made the leap into the Jefferson District.
We interviewed Ben earlier this season for YSN and here is a reprint of that article.
YSN: What school do you go to?
Ben Verlander: Goochland High School
YSN: What sports do you play?
Ben Verlander: Baseball
YSN: What is your favorite sport and Why?
Ben Verlander: My favorite sport is baseball because of the hard work ethic it takes to be successful.
YSN: What is your best sport and why?
Ben Verlander: My best sport is baseball, throughout my life I have put in many hours in one week to be able to play baseball to the best of my ability.
YSN: What is your favorite sports memory?
Ben Verlander: In 2006, I went to every playoff game of the Detroit Tigers. The 4th game of the ALCS they won on a walk-off homerun. Everyone went crazy and I was down on the field for the celebration.
YSN: Who are some of the best coaches you have ever had?
Ben Verlander: Throughout my sports career, I have been blessed with some amazing coaches. Some such as Bob Smith (RBA), Chris Gerrity (RBA), Ronnie Atkins (U of R), Bruce Secreast (Braves Scout), Bob Bralley and Andrew Slater.
YSN: Will you play a sport at the next level? If so, what sport and which school?
Ben Verlander: Yes, I will be playing baseball next year at Old Dominion University.
YSN: Who is the best athlete you have ever played with and why?
Ben Verlander: I would say that the best athletes I have played with are John Austin Hicks and Reed Gregnani. They both are remarkable players and are still excelling at the college level (UVA).
YSN: What is your favorite sports team and why?
Ben Verlander: My favorite sports team is the Detroit Tigers. They have such a remarkable history and organization. The fans are amazing. The state of Michigan loves the Tigers throughout the good and bad times. Plus they will always show up at the beautiful Comerica Park to support their team.
YSN: Who is your favorite professional or college athlete and why?
Ben Verlander: My favorite athlete is Albert Pujols. He is one of the best athletes to ever play in the MLB and he has a work ethic on another level than any of the other players. Not to mention his play off the field and I got to meet him at the 2007 All-Star game in San Francisco. He is a great person and athlete.
Tigers 2010 Draft Picks
Comp. Nick Castellanos 3B 6-4 210 R/R 18 Archbishop McCarthy HS (FL)
Comp. Chance Ruffin RHP 6-1 185 R/R 21 University of Texas
2. Drew Smyly LHP 6-3 190 L/L 20 University of Arkansas
3. Rob Brantly C 6-2 205 L/R 20 University of California, Riverside
4. Cole Green RHP 6-1 210 R/R 21 University of Texas
5. Alexander Burgos LHP 5-11 170 L/L 19 State College of Florida, Manatee
6. John Holaday C 6-0 205 R/R 22 Texas Christian University
7. Corey Jones 2B 6-0 190 L/R 22 California State University, Fullerton
8. Pat Leyland C 6-2 200 R/R 18 Bishop Canevin HS (PA)
9. Tony Plagman 1B 6-2 215 L/L 22 Georgia Tech University
10. Cole Nelson LHP 6-7 233 L/L 20 Auburn University
11. Brian Dupra RHP 6-3 200 R/R 21 University of Notre Dame
12. Kyle Ryan LHP 6-5 180 L/L 18 Auburndale Senior HS (FL)
13. Michael Polk OF 5-9 170 R/R 21 University of Tennessee
14. Patrick Cooper RHP 6-3 204 R/R 20 Bradley University
15. Collin Kuhn OF 6-0 190 R/R 21 University of Arkansas
16. Jordan Pratt RHP 6-3 215 R/R 20 University of Arkansas
17. Drew Gagnier RHP 6-4 225 R/R 21 University of Oregon
18. Josh Ashenbrenner 3B 6-0 190 L/R 22 Lewis-Clark State College
19. Jeff Rowland CF 5-10 185 L/L 22 Georgia Tech University
20. Tyler White RHP 6-3 205 R/R 20 University of Alabama
21. James Meador LF 6-0 200 R/R 22 University of San Diego
22. Jake Hernandez C 6-1 210 R/R 18 Los Osos HS (CA)
23. Dominic Ficociello 3B 6-2 175 S/R 18 Fullerton HS (CA)
24. Tyler Clark RHP 6-2 201 S/R 21 University of Missouri
25. Shaun Teufel LHP 6-3 215 L/L 23 Liberty University
26. Jeff Ferrell RHP 6-3 185 R/R 19 Pitt Community College
27. Leslie Smith OF 6-1 190 L/R 20 St. Louis Community College
28. Jack Duffey LHP 6-2 190 L/L 18 The Heritage School (GA)
29. Christopher Joyce LHP 6-0 195 L/L 20 Central Arizona College
30. Logan Hoch LHP 6-2 185 L/L 23 Wichita State University
31. Matthew Little RHP 5-11 180 R/R 22 University of Kentucky
32. Clay Jones 1B 6-3 220 R/R 22 University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa
33. Brennan Smith RHP 6-3 200 R/R 20 Bowling Green State University
34. Nolan Sanburn OF 6-0 175 R/R 18 Kokomo HS (IN)
35. Cody Hall RHP 6-4 230 R/R 22 Southern University A&M
36. Ryan Soares SS 6-1 195 R/R 22 George Mason University
37. Carlos Lopez 1B 6-1 210 L/R 20 California State University, Fullerton
38. Jake Dziubczynski LHP 6-0 180 L/L 19 Central Arizona College
39. Bo McClendon LF 5-10 215 R/R 22 Valparaiso University
40. Pete Miller SS 5-11 200 R/R 23 Trinity International University
41. Matt Perry 3B 6-2 182 L/R 22 College of the Holy Cross
42. Kevin Grant OF 6-0 175 R/R 18 Millard West HS (NE)
43. Blake Bell RHP 6-5 212 R/R 18 Bishop Carroll HS (KS)
44. Ricky Knapp RHP 6-0 185 R/R 18 Port Charlotte HS (FL)
45. Jacob Morton C 6-2 175 R/R 18 Hudsonville HS (MI)
46. Ben Verlander RHP 6-3 170 R/R 18 Goochland HS (VA)
47. Christopher Triplett SS 5-10 180 R/R 18 Sandy Creek HS (GA)
48. Tyler Marincov OF 6-2 190 R/R 18 Timbercreek HS (FL)
49. Tyson Kendrick C 6-1 195 R/R 22 Tabor College
50. Jake Ross LHP 6-8 190 L/L 18 Wor-Wic Community College