Tigers begin to sign 2013 MLB Draft picks
|Ben Verlander signs his contract with the Tigers/photo from Twitter @Verly32|
The trickle of new Tigers started Wednesday.
Ben Verlander tweeted “It’s official! Just signed my contract with the Detroit Tigers!” at 1:20 p.m. Wednesday. The younger brother of Justin Verlander and an outfielder at Old Dominion University, Ben Verlander was selected in the 14th round of the MLB Draft. [Feature story on Ben Verlander]
The Tigers’ 27th-round pick, Virginia Tech left-hander Joe Mantiply, also announced his own signing on Twitter Wednesday.
UPDATE: Baseball America's Jim Callis tweeted Thursday that the Tigers had signed fifth-rounder Buck Farmer with a $225,000 bonus, leaving them under budget so far, with $6,467,400 left in the bonus pool.
UPDATE 2 (June 17): According to Callis (and others), the Tigers signed Texas pitcher Corey Knebel, selected with the Competitive Balance Round A pick they received as part of the Anibal Sanchez/Omar Infante deal. Callis reported that the contract for Knebel, who the Tigers feel will be a starter despite the fact that he was the Longhorns' closer, is for the full slot value of $1,433,400.
Here’s a look at the players the Tigers selected in this year’s MLB Draft: DAY 1; DAY 2; DAY 3
It's official! Just signed my contract with the Detroit Tigers! twitter.com/Verly32/status…
— Ben Verlander (@Verly32) June 12, 2013
Officially signed with the #Tigers
— Joe Mantiply (@TheRealTheseus) June 12, 2013