The Detroit Tigers have at least one of their drafted Sooners under contract, sooner rather than later. And cheaper, too.
Right-hander Trevin Michael, the team’s 10th-round pick Monday (No. 297 overall), agreed to a deal with a $50,000 bonus, more than $100,000 under MLB’s assigned slot value of $152,800, according to MLB.com’s Jim Callis.
Michael, along with Tigers second-rounder Peyton Graham, was a key component of the Oklahoma Sooners’ run to the championship round of the College World Series. The 24-year-old posted a 2.89 ERA with 95 strikeouts in 71⅔ innings, mostly in relief.
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The Tigers also signed sixth-rounder Danny Serretti (No. 177 overall) to a deal with a $293,300 bonus, right at the prescribed slot amount, according to Callis.
The 22-year-old, out of North Carolina, hit .365 with 17 doubles and 10 homers for the Tar Heels in 2022. The switch-hitting shortstop showed stellar plate judgment, with a team-high .437 OBP while striking out just 38 times over 64 games.
The Tigers also added to their pool of 19 college picks, signing undrafted free agent right-hander Jack Masloff out of VCU, the school announced Friday. The Virginia native had 65 strikeouts and 14 walks over 56⅓ innings in 2022 for the Rams, with a 2.56 ERA. The 6-foot-2, 185-pound left-hander was particularly impressive in VCU’s NCAA tournament regional run, striking out two in two innings in the Rams’ win over Georgia and adding four more strikeouts in four innings in a June 6 loss to Serretti’s Tar Heels. Masloff got Serretti to ground out to short in the seventh inning before allowing a single by him in the ninth inning.
In other state signings, former Michigan (and Michigan State) outfielder Joe Stewart, a ninth-round pick (No. 268 overall) of the Los Angeles Angels, signed with that franchise for a $7,500 bonus, according to Callis. His draft slot carried a $162,500 bonus pool value.
Former Central Michigan right-hander Andrew Taylor, whose selection by the Houston Astros at No. 80 overall, ended Day 1 of the draft, reached a deal Thursday for $807,200, the full slot value according to Callis. Taylor struck out 125 and 126 batters the past two seasons, setting a CMU record each time. His spin rate was among the highest among potential draftees; the Astros organization highly values that statistic in its pitching prospects.
Free Press sports writer Evan Petzold contributed to this report.