Tigers sign 39th overall Draft pick Knebel

Tigers sign 39th overall Draft pick Knebel

Tigers sign 39th overall Draft pick Knebel

DETROIT -- The Tigers added to their Draft signings by agreeing to terms with Corey Knebel, the 39th overall selection in the First-Year Player Draft two weeks ago.

The former University of Texas closer said on Draft night that he expected a deal to be completed shortly. It took a little longer than fellow Tigers first-round pick Jonathon Crawford, but Knebel is in the fold. Baseball America first reported the deal Monday.

Knebel was signed at slot, which Major League Baseball pegged at just over $1.4 million.

Tigers vice president of amateur scouting David Chadd said earlier this month that the team envisions Knebel as a starter. For the time being, though, he'll begin his pro career in the bullpen. Knebel is eventually expected to join Crawford and other Tigers Draft picks at short-season Class A Connecticut, but will begin working out in Lakeland, Fla.

Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. Read Beck's Blog and follow him on Twitter @beckjason. Bobby Nightengale is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.