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Tigers agree with 31 of 40 Draft choices

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DETROIT -- When Friday's 5 p.m. ET First-Year Player Draft signing deadline came and went, the Tigers had agreed to terms with 31 of their 40 selections.

First-round pick Derek Hill, a multi-tool outfielder, is the crown jewel of this year's class, and he was thusly rewarded. Hill received a $2 million signing bonus.

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All but two of the Tigers' top 30 draftees signed contracts with the club. Third baseman Chase Rader, a 16th-round selection, will play for Wichita State University in the fall. University of Texas right-hander Parker French, taken in the 19th round, announced he'd return to school as well.

Thirteenth-rounder Will Allen, a catcher from Ole Miss, announced his late signing on Twitter on Thursday. He added that he'll spend the fall at Ole Miss, rehabbing his shoulder from surgery and hopes to be ready by spring.

Seven of Detroit's final 10 selections did not sign contracts. Among them was right-hander Patrick Mahomes, son of former big league pitcher Pat Mahomes.

Mahomes was never a likely candidate to sign with the Tigers. He will be focusing on football as a quarterback at Texas Tech.

High school third baseman Dave Hollins, the son of the former Major League third baseman of the same name, appears not to have signed by the deadline.

One late-round selection to sign, however, is Magglio Ordonez Jr., the son of the former Tigers outfielder. The first baseman signed Thursday and was assigned to the Tigers of the Gulf Coast League on Friday.

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

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