By Blake Froling
The Tigers have agreed to terms with two of their top draft picks, according to multiple reports.
The #RoadToDetroit begins here.
We have agreed to terms with RHP @caseymize04 from Auburn University. pic.twitter.com/jiOJJO4loQ
— Detroit Tigers (@tigers) June 25, 2018
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.
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.
— Kody Clemens (@kodyclem) June 25, 2018
3rd-rder Kody Clemens signs w/@tigers for $600k (pick 79 value = $750,800). Texas 2B, Big 12 player of year, power & makeup are his best attributes. @MLBDraft
— Jim Callis (@jimcallisMLB) June 25, 2018
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.