TigsTown Draft Notebook: Early Signees

With the 2007 draft now in the rearview mirror, the Tigers are going about the task of getting their draft choices signed, and the first wave of signees is in. Overall, 10 players signed, and there aren't any real surprises here, as the majority of them are seniors, who didn't have any leverage.

The highest draft choice to agree to terms is Brown catcher Devin Thomas, who went in the seventh round. The Tigers also signed their 13th-round selection in outfielder Londell Taylor out of Vian High School. Taylor had signed with Oklahoma to play football, but will likely begin his pro career with what could be a loaded GCL Tigers squad if the Tigers sign several of their high school selections.

The Tigers also agreed to terms with their two picks from Oklahoma City in outfielder/second baseman Kody Kaiser and catcher Brandon Harrigan, who went in the 15th and 23rd rounds respectively.

Mark Brackman, the Tigers' 17th-round pick from William Jewell College also signed, as did Wichita State's Noah Krol, who went right after Brackman in the 18th round. Both are right-handers with Krol having served as the Shockers closer this spring.

Right-hander Erik Crichton from Oral Roberts will likely find himself in a bullpen in short-season ball thanks to his solid slider. He was selected in the 20th round. The Tigers inked their third catcher with UNC Charlotte's Kris Rochelle, who went in the 22nd round. He was a four-year starter for the 49ers.

Rounding out the signees were Illinois shortstop Shawn Roof, whose father Gene is a coach with the organization, and Washburn outfielder Kyle Peter, who is known for his fleet feet. Roof went in the 33rd round and Peter was taken in the 34th round.


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