Parker Meadows, the last lingering early round draft selections for the Detroit Tigers, has signed with the team today, according to a tweet from his high school baseball team.
Following Monday’s announcement that first round draft pick Casey Mize had signed with the team for $7.5 million, and third round pick Kody Clemens had signed for $600,000, both below slot value, many speculated the remaining money would be used to sign Meadows.
On June 24th, Parker’s brother, and Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder, Austin Meadows tweeted that he was excited for his brother to be pursuing his major league dream, leading many to speculate a signing was coming soon. On Tuesday, 18-year-old Meadows made it official.
Our very own, Parker Meadows, officially signed with the Detroit Tigers today! Can’t wait to follow you throughout this journey and watch as your future in baseball unfolds. Congrats man! Go Tigers! pic.twitter.com/vqDqkacn8e— Rams Baseball (@ghsbase) June 26, 2018
The Tigers saved money signing Mize and Clemens below slot value, so they could afford to go above slot value on Meadows, whose slot was worth $1.6 million, and indeed they did go well above, with a $2.5 million bonus.
With the signing of Meadows the Tigers have signed all ten of their top 10 selections.