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Cam Gibson, top two picks sign with Tigers

Chris McCosky
The Detroit News
Cam Gibson

Detroit – Three of the Tigers' draft picks, including their top two choices, announced they had signed contracts with the club. In addition, the Tigers officially announced the signings of five others.

Their first pick and 22nd overall, 18-year-old right-handed pitcher Beau Burrows, announced his signing on Twitter.

"I am officially a Tiger," he wrote.

Burrows, who throws an upper-90s fastball, signed for $2.154 million, which is the base pay for the 22nd overall slot.

"We scouted him heavily," Tigers vice president of amateur scouting David Chadd said recently. "We like his arm, his athleticism, and his strength. He's a fierce competitor, which kind of pushed him over the top."

In his senior season at Weatherford High School in Texas, he posted an 0.78 ERA, striking out 132 in 72 innings.

"He's got an excellent feel for a change-up, which you rarely see in high school," Chadd said. "But his breaking ball is fine, and his fastball two weeks ago was 93 to 97, and 97 in the seventh (inning)."

Occasionally the Tigers will bring their top pick to Comerica to show him the facilities. No word on whether that will happen with Burrows.

"I would be interested in seeing him throw," manager Brad Ausmus said. "But I am not paying for the airfare."

According to MLB.com, University of Tennessee outfielder Christin Stewart, the team's 34th overall pick, also signed Tuesday, for $1.795 million, the pay slot for the 34th pick.

He is a left-handed hitter with power.

"He's a 5-or-6-hole-type hitter who drives in runs," Chadd said. "He's an offensive player. And I think his defense will be adequate."

Also on Twitter, Michigan State outfielder Cam Gibson, a fifth-round pick, announced the he had signed his contract.

The Tigers, meanwhile, made the following signings official:

* Third baseman Josh Lester, University of Missouri (13th round)

* Right fielder Joseph Havrilak, University of Akron (18th round)

* Right-handed pitcher Logan Longwith, Tennessee Wesleyan College (20th round)

* Catcher Tyler Servais, Princeton University (27th round)

* Second baseman Patrick Mackenzie, Central Michigan University (28th round)

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