High-school center fielder Derek Hill told The News that he will sign with the Tigers on Sunday. (Jose Luis Villegas / The Sacramento Bee)
Neither side expected a long, drawn-out negotiation.
So itís no surprise that the Tigers and their first-round draft pick, high-school center fielder Derek Hill, have agreed to a contract.
Hill confirmed the news to The Detroit News on Wednesday. The deal, worth around $2 million, will be signed Sunday, before Hill departs for Lakeland, Fla.
Hill took to Twitter to rejoice on Wednesday.
sunday is the start of my new life— Derek Hill (@derekhill27) June 11, 2014
The recommended slot value for the 23rd overall pick in the draft is $1,953,100. The Tigers went slightly over that as a friendly gesture for a kid, in Hill, who is signing with them over fulfilling a previous commitment to the University of Oregon.
Hill, 18, is expected to begin his career with the Tigersí rookie-league team in Lakeland, the Gulf Coast Tigers.
Hill starred at Elk Grove High, near Sacramento, Calif., batting .500 as a senior, to go with 21 stolen bases. He is said to be an elite defender with an average-to-above average arm, but he lacks power, offensively, at this stage of his career.
The Tigers are expecting no issues signing their picks from the first five rounds. Alabama right-hander Spencer Turnbull (second round) is heading to Lakeland this weekend, South Carolina catcher Grayson Greiner (third roiund) already has signed), Vanderbilt right-hander Adam Ravenelle (fourth round) is expected to sign after the College World Series and UCLA catcher Shane Zeile (fifth round) is expected to sign this weekend, after he finishes his three final exams.