Reports: First-rounder Manning signs with Tigers
Right-handed pitcher Matt Manning, the Tigers’ first-round draft pick, No. 9 overall, signed with the organization on Thursday, according to the Sacramento Bee and other reports.
The recommended slot value for the draft’s ninth pick is $3.505 million.
“I still can’t believe all of this has happened,” he told the Bee. “I’m really excited to get started.”
Manning, who just graduated from Sheldon High in Sacramento, is in Lakeland, Fla., ready to begin his pro career. As a senior, he had 70 strikeouts in 40 innings, and a 1.20 ERA.
Manning (6-6, 185 pounds) had been committed to Loyola Marymount.