Tigers sign top pick Mize, 3rd rounder Clemens

By Blake Froling

The Tigers have agreed to terms with two of their top draft picks, according to multiple reports.

Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press says Mize, the No. 1 overall pick from Auburn University, received a signing bonus of $7.5 million dollars, which is the second-highest in MLB Draft history behind Gerrit Cole’s $8 million, according to Jim Callis from MLB.com.

Mize finished his junior season at Auburn with a 3.30 ERA over 114.2 innings pitched, 156 strikeouts and only 16 walks.

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The Tigers also reportedly agreed to terms with second baseman Kody Clemens, the team’s third round pick from the University of Texas. He is the son of former big leaguer Roger Clemens.

Clemens hit .351 with 24 home runs and 72 RBI in 65 games this season. Hit hit just 10 home runs combined in his first two seasons in Austin.

Tigers draft son of Roger Clemens with 79th pick


The Detroit Tigers selected University of Texas second baseman Kody Clemens on Tuesday with the first pick of the third round (79th overall) in the MLB amateur draft.

He is a son of former major league pitcher Roger Clemens.

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Kody Clemens has hit .346 with 21 home runs and 68 RBIs for the Longhorns this season, his junior year. He was limited to being the designated hitter for most of his sophomore season after undergoing Tommy John surgery in August 2016.

The Longhorns are currently in the NCAA baseball tournament. They will play Tennessee Tech in the Austin Super Regional, starting Saturday.

Roger Clemens won an American League MVP award, seven Cy Young Awards and 354 games during his 24-season career.

The Tigers opened the MLB draft on Monday by selecting Auburn right-hander Casey Mize with the No. 1 overall pick.