Tigers sign first-round pick, 18 others

   June 14, 2013 4:27 pm    0

 

The Detroit Tigers locked up first-round pick Johnathon Crawford today among 19 total signings. Crawford was taken 20th overall by Detroit and will report to Lakeland for a few weeks before his placement in the minor league system is decided. He could be in Erie as early as this season after developing as a polished pitcher at Florida.

Crawford, a 6-2 205-pound right-handed starting pitcher, went 3-6 with a 3.84 ERA with the Gators this season. He also earned the Team USA International Performance of the Year honor after going 3-0 with a 2.10 ERA with Team USA in the summer of 2012.

The other 18 signings are mostly from the later rounds. Fifth-round selection Buck Farmer was selected along with Calvin Drummond (sixth round), Zach Reininger (eighth) and Kasey Coffman (10th). A notable signing is 14th-round pick Ben Verlander, the younger brother of Tigers star Justin Verlander.

–Tom Reisenweber

 

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