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Detroit signs draft picks Westlake, Collins

Detroit signs draft picks Westlake, Collins

DETROIT -- The Tigers agreed to terms Tuesday with two of their top 10 picks from last month's First-Year Player Draft.

Detroit announced their deal with sixth-round selection Tyler Collins, the National Junior College Athletic Asssociation Player of the Year from Howard College in Texas. He batted .488 (105-for-215) this spring with 34 doubles, 19 homers and 82 RBIs.

Later Tuesday, the Tigers completed an agreement on a contract with Aaron Westlake, the slugging first baseman from Vanderbilt who put on a three-homer show at the College World Series. He was Detroit's third-round pick, making him the highest selection to sign to date. Baseball America reported that the two sides have agreed to a $310,000 bonus.


Teams have until 11:59 p.m. ET on Aug. 15 to sign their draft picks. The Tigers have signed 27 of their 50 selections so far, including Westlake.