Source: Tigers agree to terms with Gibson
The Tigers’ early draft signings left them little to do ahead of Monday night’s deadline for reaching deals with picks, but they got a big bonus signing Monday afternoon. Tyler Gibson, a 15th-rounder who was expected to play college ball at Georgia Tech, decided to turn pro and agreed to terms on a contract, according to a source with knowledge of the talks.
The Tigers have not officially announced the deal.
The deal was pending a physical Monday afternoon. Baseball America and TigsTown.com first reported the agreement, including a $525,000 bonus that ranks well above slot recommendations for that round.
Talentwise, Gibson was projected well above that round, but the expectations that he would go to college barring a favorable contract caused him to drop through the early rounds. He’s a left-handed hitter with projectable power, according to scouting reports, and a chance to make the big leagues as a corner outfielder.
The deal means the Tigers have deals with each of their top 15 selections, a haul that help makes up for the lack of a first-round selection.