Detroit selected Texas A&M commit Beau Burrows with the 22nd pick in the first round, a right-handed pitcher whose fastball topped 96 mph at Weatherford High School in Texas.
Verlander struck out nine without a walk, allowing an unearned run and four hits in 5 2-3 innings against the Columbus Clippers.
The four-time AL Central champion Tigers stopped their worst skid since 2005 and avoided falling below .500 for the first time this year.
Adam LaRoche hit a tying solo homer off Joakim Soria with two outs in the ninth, and the four-time defending AL Central champions matched their longest skid since 2005.
The proud dad was leading off and playing center field against the Chicago White Sox on Friday after being activated from the paternity list.
Verlander gave up six hits, walked two and struck out three for the Mud Hens against Indianapolis, Pittsburgh’s top minor league club.
By the time he brought in Alex Wilson with two outs in the second inning, the damage already had been done, as five of the Los Angeles Angels’ first 12 batters had cleared the fence.
Smith made his big league debut last year for Detroit. He pitched two games for Oakland this year and then was sent to the Angels in early May.
Right behind those warm-weather conferences, though, was the Big Ten, a league that not long ago was an afterthought on selection day.
The Tigers kicked off a seven-game road trip against the AL West with only their eighth loss in 30 games away from Comerica Park.