Tigers sign 3rd-round draft pick Trei Cruz

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DETROIT — The Detroit Tigers have signed one of their six picks in the 2020 MLB Draft.

Rice University off-short-Trei Cruz was the first to sign, agreeing to a bonus of$ 900,000, according to MLB.com. This is slightly above the slot value of $857,400 for the 73rd overall pick.

The fact that the Tigers went above slot to sign Cruz is a slight surprise, because Cruz was drafted earlier than expected, so that the two picks before him (Ohio State catcher Dillon Dingler and LSU outfielder Daniel Cabrera) went later than expected. The Tigers will also have to go above the slot value sign high school field interior Colten Keith, who was selected in the fifth round.

The Tigers had a bonus pool of $13.33 million and $12.43 million left to sign the rest of their five picks. The Tigers may slightly exceed the bonus pool, but would incur penalties to do so.

Cruz, the son of Jose Cruz’s son and grandson of José Cruz, has been ranked at the 126th-best prospect by MLB.com and N ° 140 by Baseball America. BA described him as an aggressive hitter with raw power from the left. On the defense, “his hands are excellent and his plus arm gives him the ability to make the spectacular play at the same time.” He could play shortstop or second, or install in a utilitarian role.

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