When Alex Faedo was coming out of Alonso High in 2014, the Tigers drafted him in the 40th round and pick No. 1,210.
Three years later, Faedo is a Detroit draftee again after the Tigers selected the University of Florida pitcher Monday night with the No. 18 pick in the June amateur draft.
He was the first of three locals to go in the first round — the second time Tampa Bay high schools produced that many in the past three seasons. College of Central Florida pitcher Nate Pearson (Bishop McLaughlin) went to Toronto at No. 28, and USF shortstop Kevin Merrell (Steinbrenner High) was the No. 33 pick to Oakland.
Faedo was a well-regarded right-hander the first time the Tigers tried to get him into their farm system. He was an all-county pitcher for his father, Landy, at Alonso, and a teammate of the late Jose Fernandez. Faedo won the 2014 Tony Saladino Award as Hillsborough County's top player but chose the Gators over the minors.
His time in Gainesville catapulted him to the first round and a potential seven-figure payday. The slot value for the pick is slightly more than $3.2 million, according to Baseball America.
The 6-foot-5, 220-pound Faedo entered Monday with a 7-2 record and a 2.60 ERA during his junior season. He earned second-team all-America honors from Baseball America and was a second-team all-SEC selection. In 107 1/3 innings, he struck out 132 opponents, including nine in four innings of Saturday's NCAA Super Region game against Wake Forest.
Thanks to a pitching arsenal that includes a slider, changeup and mid-90s fastball, Faedo was projected as a top-11 pick by Baseball America and MLB.com. Regardless, he is the highest drafted Hillsborough County product since Plant High's Kyle Tucker went fifth to the Astros in 2015.
Fifty-four minutes after his life-changing moment, Faedo took the mound in the third and final game against Wake Forest. He got the final six outs to close out a 3-0 win and send the Gators to the College World Series.
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