The Tigers got a last-minute deal done with 15th round pick Tyler Gibson, convincing him to forgo a scholarship opportunity at Georgia Tech.â†µ
The Tigers paid a handsome sum for the prep prospect that hit .443 last year; the deal is reportedly for $525,000. That's considerably more than a 15th round pick usually goes for and it's a big reason he fell to the Tigers in the 15th round:â†µ
Craig Gibson said his son turned down the Dodgers when they approached Gibson just ahead of the draft with thoughts of making him their second-round pick. The Dodgers learned what other clubs came to realize: It was going to require significant money, above and beyond commissioner Bud Selig's slot "recommendations," to sign an athlete who otherwise would opt for Georgia Tech.â†µ
The Tigers had no first round pick as a result of the Victor Martinez signing, so they had a little more leeway to work with than other clubs. Gibson is a 6-foot-2 shortstop, although the Detroit News reported that he will likely move to outfield.