Tankersley Signs Baseball Contract with Marlins

Former Alabama pitcher and first-round draft pick Taylor Tankersley agreed to terms with The Florida Marlins baseball club Friday, and is set to begin his professional baseball career with the Jamestown (N.Y.) Jammers of the New York-Penn League.

Tankersley had reportedly been at odds with the Marlins over certain stipulations in the contract not related to his signing bonus. Tankersley agreed to extra random drug testing the Marlins were requesting. He plans to leave for New York Saturday where he will undergo a physical and testing.

"Everything went smoothly and we reached an agreement," Tankersley said. "I'm pumped and relieved to get it all over with and start playing."

Tankersley, a 6-foot-2, 225-pounder, was the 27th overall pick on June 7, but has been in contract negotiation for the past month. Reportedly, the Vicksburg, Miss., native has agreed to a $1.3 million signing bonus.

In his junior season at Alabama, Tankersley was 2-5 with a 2.00 ERA with four saves. In 20 games, he made seven starts. Tankersley plans to join the Jamestown Jammers in the New York-Penn League. The Marlins plan to groom Tankersley as a starter.

Although he will begin his career with the Jammers, Tankersley could be with the Carolina Mudcats, a Southern League Double-A Marlins farm club in Zebulon, North Carolina.

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