Tigers agree to terms with two more top picks, have deals done with 12 of first 13
University of Louisville pitchers Jeff Thompson (pictured, third round) and Chad Green (11th round) both agreed to contract terms with the Tigers, giving them deals with 27 of their 41 picks in the draft, and 12 of their first 13 picks.
Thompson took the loss when the Cardinals were the first team knocked out of the College World Series with an 11-4 loss to Oregon State on June 18.
Baseball America’s Jim Callis reported that Thompson’s deal was worth $549,400, right at slot value for the pick. According to Baseball America, the Tigers are $324,000 under budget in spending from their total bonus pool of $6,467,400, meaning they may have some left over to make some tougher signings with extra bonus money.
LSU’s Will LaMarche, the Tigers’ ninth-round pick, is their highest remaining unsigned pick. He and teammate Raph Rhymes (15th round), whose college season finished June 19 in the loser’s bracket of the College World Series, are the only two unsigned picks through 19 rounds.