Brad Ausmus and pitching coach Jeff Jones watch Thursday's loss to the Blue Jays. (Robin Buckson / Detroit News)
Detroit – Brad Ausmus was going to catch some of Thursday’s major league baseball draft, but not much.
Managing is much different than scouting.
“I’ll hear the name of the guy we draft,” Ausmus said. “But I don’t know anything about these guys.”
The baseball draft has changed considerably from the time Ausmus was drafted in the 47th round in 1987 by the New York Yankees.
“It was the third day of the draft, the last day,” Ausmus said. “They called my house; there were no cell phones back then. I was at my friend’s house. My mom called my friend’s house and told me. It was exciting for sure.
“It’s different now. Now, kids are training from the age of 10 to get drafted. I was just playing baseball to play and ended up getting drafted. It’s a business now, much bigger business than it was.”
As for scouting, Ausmus had an attempt at it when San Diego Padres general manager Jed Hoyer sent Ausmus to look at a prospect in 2010 when Ausmus began working in the front office.
“They wanted me to look at a high school catcher," Ausmus said. "The next day, they asked me what I thought about him. I said I had no idea. I could tell he had a good arm, but trying to project an 18-year-old kid is not an easy task.”
By the way, the catcher was Austin Hedges, a second-round pick of the Padres in 2011 who is now ranked as one of the top prospects in baseball.
"Tells you how much I know,” Ausmus said.
Torii Hunter took responsibility for the fourth-inning error that led to Toronto scoring three runs and taking a 3-2 lead.
Hunter saw the ball hit by Jose Bautista go toward center field. Hunter said he took his eyes off the ball, then saw Austin Jackson pursue it.
“I kind of watched him, then I saw him look at me, and it went by me,” Hunter said.
Hunter took the blame.
“That’s my bad,” Hunter said. “If I catch that ball, (Justin) Verlander wouldn’t have had those extra pitches and they probably wouldn’t have scored those three runs there.
“I take full responsibility.”
Around the horn
Nick Castellanos equaled his career high with three hits. He also had three on May 21.
… The Tigers matched a season high by hitting into three double plays during Thursday’s loss.
… The Tigers are 5-20 when scoring three or fewer runs.
… The Blue Jays swept the Tigers in a three-game series at Comerica Park for the first time since Sept. 16-18, 2003.