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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Tigers sign two more draft picks before Monday's midnight deadline

The Tigers agreed to two more draft picks before Monday’s midnight deadline, giving them 33 signed from this year’s draft: high school shortstops Tyler Gibson (15th round; Stradford Academy, Macon, Ga.) and Brett Harrison (18th round; Green Valley HS, Henderson, Nev.).

Gibson is another of the team’s bonus babies, as the Tigers reportedly gave him$525,000 to forgo his scholarship to Georgia Tech, nearly five times MLB’s recommended total for the slot, and close to what the Tigers gave their top pick, second-rounder James McCann ($558,000). Gibson’s father, Craig, is the coach at Mercer University. Harrison, who was committed to play for the University of Hawaii, may play third in the Tigers organization.

The highest pick not to sign was 21st-rounder Scott Squier, a high-school lefty from Greenway HS in Phoenix.

None of the local prep players drafted by the Tigers came to terms with the team: Blaise Salter (Orchard Lake St. Mary’s) and Jimmy Pickens (Birmingham Brother Rice) will play at Michigan State, while Greg Fettes (Madison Heights Lamphere) will play at Kentucky and Brett Impemba (Macomb Dakota) will play at Oakland University.


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