The next step of Alex Faedo’s baseball career is official.
The right-hander from the University of Florida agreed to terms with the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday, as announced by the team. Faedo was selected with the No. 18 overall pick in the first round of the 2017 MLB Draft.
Faedo went 9-2 with a 2.26 ERA in 20 games (19 starts) for the Gators this season, notching 157 strikeouts and issuing just 42 walks. He dominated during the postseason, going 2-0 with a 0.33 ERA in five games during the NCAA Tournament, helping Florida win the program’s first national championship and earning Most Outstanding Player honors in the College World Series.
The #Tigers today announced the club has agreed to terms with Alex Faedo from the University of Florida.
— Detroit Tigers (@tigers) July 5, 2017
Faedo is forgoing his senior year to begin his professional career. He went 28-6 with a 2.80 ERA over three seasons with the Gators.
The Tigers planned on introducing Faedo at a news conference at Comerica Park on Wednesday afternoon.
The terms of the contract are not yet known, but the slot value for the No. 18 pick was just more than $3.2 million.