Tigers sign four more draftees

Tigers sign four more draftees

DETROIT -- The Tigers agreed to terms with four more selections from this month's First-Year Player Draft, including their second player taken.

Third-round pick Chris Robinson, a two-time all-Big Ten Conference catcher from Illinois, was the highest-drafted of the four collegians to sign. Former Texas A&M reliever Kevin Whelan (fourth-round pick), Auburn outfielder Clete Thomas (sixth round) and Army catcher Schuyler Williamson also agreed to terms.

Robinson, Whelan and Thomas all completed their junior seasons this year, while Williamson was a senior.

Robinson earned a reputation as one of the better defensive catchers in the country with what Tigers scouts saw as a strong arm and quick release. He led the Big Ten by throwing out 43.1 percent of would-be basestealers along with seven pickoffs.

Whelan was a converted catcher who became a closer and impressed scouts last summer in the Cape Cod League. Thomas, a fifth-round pick by the Twins two years ago, projects as a speedy center fielder who hit .328 with six triples, nine home runs, 41 RBIs and 23 stolen bases. Williamson, a co-captain on the Army squad that made the NCAA regionals, batted .258 this season with five home runs, 36 RBIs and 17 stolen bases.

The Tigers have signed 23 of their 49 draft picks so far this summer. The latest signings come as Detroit's short-season Class A affiliate at Oneonta prepares to begin its season.

Jason Beck is a reporter for mlb.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.