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Tigers sign seventh-round pick Harrell

Tigers sign seventh-round pick Harrell

Tigers sign seventh-round pick Harrell

DETROIT -- The Tigers selected Vanderbilt center fielder Connor Harrell in the 31st round of the 2012 First-Year Player Draft, but couldn't get him to sign on the dotted line. However, they finally got their target when Harrell agreed to terms with the team on Tuesday after being picked in the seventh round of this year's Draft.

Harrell was the only position player Detroit picked in their first 10 selections. Although he manned center field throughout college, Tigers vice president of amateur scouting David Chadd said the team expects him to learn all three outfield positions and that he won't be an everyday center fielder.


Harrell joins three other players that agreed to terms with the Tigers on Tuesday. The group includes Texas closer Corey Knebel (39th overall), shortstop Steven Negron from Miami Dade Community College (17th round) and right-handed pitcher Chase Edwards from Hill Junior College (24th round).

The team has now signed 23 of their 41 selections and 10 of their first 15 picks from this year's Draft.

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