The Detroit Tigers selected Old Dominion University standout Ben Verlander in the 14th round of the Major League Baseball draft today.
Verlander, an outfielder, was the 426th overall selection. Verlander’s older brother, Justin Verlander, is an All-Star pitcher for the Tigers.
Ben Verlander made first-team all-Colonial Athletic Association as a junior this season, when he hit .367 with 11 home runs and 37 RBIs. He also scored a team-high 46 runs.
Also today, the Milwaukee Brewers selected ODU pitcher Ryan Yarbrough in the 20th round, 602nd overall. Yarbrough went 4-4 with a 3.27 ERA as a junior this season.
Among the other locals taken was Great Bridge pitcher Connor Jones, who went 628th overall to the San Diego Padres. Jones has said he will go to the University of Virginia.
With the first pick of the 26th round, the Houston Astros selected Christopher Newport University junior pitcher Austin Chrismon (Menchville High School).
For more on the draft and other local players, check back later to www.pilotonline.com, and see Sunday’s Virginian-Pilot.