Tyler Gibson had simple plans for Monday: Get up, get a hair cut and go to lunch.
He got hishair cut but couldn't eat lunch. That's because he was scheduled for a physical Monday night after coming to terms Monday with the Detroit Tigers.
The Stratford graduate was selected in the major league draft by the Tigers in the 15th round in early June, and played summer ball with the East Cobb Yankees until July 22 and has been working out at home since then.
He and the Tigers had picked up negotiations in the past two weeks. Monday, the Tigers decided the numbers were good, and Gibson basically went from lunch to the Atlanta airport to fly to Lakeland, Fla., for a physical Monday night.
Gibson signed for $525,000, more than the normal bonus for a 15th-round pick and only $52,000 less than Detroit's first pick, catcher James McCann, who signed last week.
Gibson couldn't finish lunch because, as a Detroit official told him in a phone call after a bite or two, he couldn't eat or drink before the physical.
Gibson had signed with Georgia Tech and called Yellow Jackets head coach Danny Hall with the news that he wouldn't be joining the team.
Georgia Tech lost signees Dwight Smith Jr. (Toronto) and Jake Burnette (Pittsburgh), both of whom signed.For more, see Tuesday's Telegraph