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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Tigers sign 15 of 39 draft picks

The Tigers announced Wednesday they'd come to terms with 15 players picked in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft, including three of their top four selections.

Texas high schoolers Jake Thompson (RHP, 2nd round) and Austin Schotts (CF, 3rd round) both announced on Twitter their intentions to sign earlier this week. Per published reports by Baseball America's Jim Callis, Thompson signed for a $531,800 bonus (the slot value for his pick), and Schotts signed for $389,100 for slot value.

Fifth-round pick Joe Rogers (LHP, Central Florida) tweeted Tuesday that he'd signed as well — for a $211,900 bonus, per Callis— leaving fourth-rounder Drew Verhagen of Vanderbilt as the highest unsigned player from the draft class. Sixth-rounder Jordan John (LHP, Oklahoma University) tweeted that he was headed to Lakeland to sign, then tweeted Wednesday that he was headed back to Texas.

The organization signed 13 other picks — all college juniors or seniors — at the same time, including Central Michigan University shortstop Jordan Dean (15th round, Midland, MI; pictured) and left-handed pitcher Ryan Longstreth (40th round, Beaverton, MI).

Also signed were: Charlie Gillies (RHP, The Masters College, 10th round); Bennett Pickar (C, Oral Roberts, 11th round); Julio Felix (RHP, Pima CC, 12th round); Slade Smith (RHP, Auburn, 17th round); Alex Phillips (LHP, Kentucky, 21st round); Nick Carmichael (RHP, Palmar College, 24th round); Jared Reaves (SS, Alabama, 25th round); Josh Carr (RHP, Kennesaw St., 28th round); Zach Kirksey (OF, Mississippi, 29th round); Matt Davenport (RHP, William & Mary, 34th round).


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