Tigers sign top 17 Draft picks, 19 of 21 overall

July 25th, 2023

Below is a list of every player drafted by the Tigers. 

Each club has until 5 p.m. ET on Tuesday, July 25, to come to terms with its Draft selections. If a player has exhausted his collegiate eligibility, he can sign at any time up until one week prior to the next year’s Draft.

Draft-and-follow picks -- high school and junior college players selected after the 10th round who attend a two-year college after the Draft -- can sign with their selecting teams for up to $250,000 up until a week prior to the following year’s Draft.

Players drafted from Round 11 on do not count against the bonus pools unless their signing bonus exceeds $150,000; any amount over that total will count against the pool.

Total bonus pool: $15,747,200
MLB rank: 2

1 (3): Max Clark, OF, Franklin Community HS (IN)
Pick value: $8,341,700
Signing bonus: $7,700,000
Clark told Akeem Glaspie of the Indianapolis Star on Draft night that he had agreed to slot value for the No. 4 overall pick rather than No. 3. That’s essentially what he signed for, rounded up a tick.

CBA (37): Kevin McGonigle, SS, Monsignor Bonner HS (PA)
Pick value: $2,309,500
Signing bonus: $2,847,500
Though McGonigle appeared to be weighing his options, the Tigers inked the last of their top six Draft picks well ahead of Tuesday's 5 p.m. deadline. Widely considered one of the best high school sluggers in this year's Draft, McGonigle said he modeled his hitting style after Phillies legend Chase Utley.

2 (45): Max Anderson, 2B, Nebraska
Pick value: $1,906,200
Signing bonus: $1,429,650
Anderson has signed for an under-slot $1,429,650. “I was just looking for a team to give me a shot, really,” he said on a call with reporters. “I mean, money wasn’t really a question for me, in all honesty. I’m a baseball player; I’ve got an advisor to worry about the money side.”

3 (76): Paul Wilson, LHP, Lakeridge High School (OR)
Pick value: $945,100
Signing bonus: $1,697,500 (plus $2,500 contingency bonus)
The Tigers signed Wilson away from a commitment to Oregon State by offering him second-round slot value. The son of former Giants starter Trevor Wilson is a big addition to a system that has produced plenty of pitching in recent years.

4 (107): Carson Rucker, 3B, Goodpasture Christian School (TN)
Pick value: $627,900
Signing bonus: $772,500
Rucker had indicated to local reporters that he planned to sign and bypass an opportunity to play at the University of Tennessee. The fourth-round pick received a bonus equivalent to a third-round slot, a reflection of how much the Tigers like his power potential and contact capabilities.

5 (143): Jaden Hamm, RHP, Middle Tennessee State
Pick value: $442,200
Signing bonus: $397,500
Hamm brings a big breaking curveball to go with a fastball that sat at 91-93 mph this spring, but topped out at 97. The Tigers could let him begin his pro career as a starter to let him try to hone his changeup and overall command, but his fastball-curve combination could also be effective in relief.

6 (170): Bennett Lee, C, Wake Forest
Pick value: $342,400
Signing bonus: $297,500

7 (200): John Peck, SS, Pepperdine
Pick value: $267,000
Signing bonus: $222,500

8 (230): Jatnk Diaz, RHP, Hazleton Area HS (PA)
Pick value: $212,300
Signing bonus: $247,500

9 (260): Hayden Minton, RHP, Missouri State
Pick value: $182,600
Signing bonus: $162,500

10 (290): Andrew Sears, LHP, Connecticut
Pick value: $170,300
Signing bonus: $167,800

11 (320): Jim Jarvis, SS, Alabama
Signing bonus: $175,000

12 (350): Andrew Dunford, RHP, Houston County High School (GA)
Signing bonus: $367,500

13 (380): Brett Callahan, OF, Saint Joseph's
Signing bonus: $197,500

14 (410): David Smith, 2B, Connecticut
Signing bonus: $150,000

15 (440): Brady Cerkownyk, C, Connors State
Signing bonus: $397,500
Signings from Round 11 on do not count toward the signing pool unless the bonus is over $150,000. Since the Tigers went over that, $250,000 of Cerkownyk's bonus will come out of their pool.

16 (470): Donye Evans, RHP, UNC Charlotte
Signing bonus: $150,000

17 (500): Bradley Stewart, LHP, Cooper City High School (FL)
Has not yet agreed to terms

18 (530): Ethan Farris, 3B, Cypress Woods High School (TX)
Has not yet agreed to terms

19 (560): Blake Pivaroff, RHP, Arizona State
Has agreed to deal; terms not disclosed.

20 (590): Johnathan Rogers, RHP, Tupelo High School (MS)
Signing bonus: $150,000

Every team's signings:


How bonus pools and pick values work 
Each choice in the first 10 rounds comes with an assigned value, with the total for a club's selections equaling what it can spend in those rounds without incurring a penalty. If a player taken in the top 10 rounds doesn't sign, his pick's value gets subtracted from his team's pool. Clubs near the top of the Draft often spend less than the assigned value for those choices and use the savings to offer more money to later selections.

Teams that exceed their bonus pool face a penalty. Clubs that outspend their allotment by 0% to 5% pay a 75% tax on the overage. At higher thresholds, clubs lose future picks: a first-rounder and a 75% tax for surpassing their pool by more than 5% and up to 10%; a first- and a second-rounder and a 100% tax for more than 10% and up to 15%; and two first-rounders and a 100% tax for more than 15%.

Bonus pools by club 
Pirates: $16,185,700
Tigers: $15,747,200
Nationals: $14,502,400
Twins: $14,345,600
Athletics: $14,255,600
Reds: $13,785,200
Mariners: $13,170,900
Marlins: $12,829,600
Royals: $12,313,500
Rockies: $11,909,800
D-backs: $11,084,300
Brewers: $10,950,600
Rays: $10,872,100
Orioles: $10,534,800
Red Sox: $10,295,100
Rangers: $9,925,300
Giants: $9,916,900
White Sox: $9,072,800
Cubs: $8,962,000
Guardians: $8,736,700
Mets: $8,440,400
Braves: $8,341,700
Angels: $8,328,900
Dodgers: $7,274,600
Astros: $6,747,900
Blue Jays: $6,529,700
Cardinals: $6,375,100
Padres: $5,416,000
Yankees: $5,299,400
Phillies: $5,185,500