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
|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
|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.