Tigers sign Rick Porcello; 2007 Draft Update

The Detroit Tigers signed a few notable draft picks today and didn’t have a problem opening up their pocket books while doing it. Starting off the day it was announced that first round draft pick Rick Porcello was signed to a huge $7.3M four-year major league contract, “the biggest ever guaranteed to a high school player signed out of the draft” says Danny Knobler. They were not done there as they shell out $800k to pick up their 5th round pick in Casey Crosby and another $1.5M for Cale Iorg.

This is a pretty exciting time to be a Tiger fan. Mike Ilitch clearly wants to maintain a winning team and the current team, while slumping, is battling for the division title.

It’s also a good time to take a look at where some of the other players drafted are and how they are doing so far. Below is a breakout of the top draft picks who have been signed already and already playing ball in the Tigers farm system.

2007 Draft Pitchers

Name Round Position Team IP H ER ERA BB SO
Brandon Hamilton 1 Sup RHP GCL Tigers 9.0 4 2 2.00 6 12
Luke Putkonen 3 RHP GCL Tigers 8.2 8 4 4.15 0 9
Charlie Furbush 4 LHP WM Whitecaps 27.2 21 4 1.30 4 28
Manny Miguelez 8 LHP GCL Tigers 31.0 40 17 4.94 10 32

2007 Draft non-Pitchers

Name Round Position Team AB H BB SO BA OBP SLG
Danny Worth 2 SS Lakeland Tigers 118 32 15 21 .271 .351 .407
Devin Thomas 7 C Oneonta Tigers 119 27 14 27 .227 .301 .429
Justin Henry 9 2B Oneonta Tigers 165 57 25 12 .345 .437 .430

The two standouts here are Charlie Furbush who has already been kicking butt with the West Michigan Whitecaps and Danny Worth who is being effective in Lakeland.

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2 Responses to Tigers sign Rick Porcello; 2007 Draft Update

  1. Fred Vicarel says:

    Was Rick Porcello born and raised in New Jersey. What is his nationality.
    What pitcher did he rever growing up.
    Thanks, and eighty year old TIGER fan.
    Fred vicarel, Youngstown, Ohio, and friends with former Tiger, ANDY (PUDGE) KOSCO.

  2. Eric Jackson says:

    I don’t know that level of detail but Wikipedia says he does live in Chester, NJ: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rick_Porcello

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