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Tigers Sign Keith Before First At-Bat

By J.T.

Photo Courtesy of Detroit Tigers Minor League

The Detroit Tigers have extended infield prospect Colt Keith on a six-year contract with club options for the 2030, 2031, and 2032 seasons. The deal guarantees Keith $28.6425MM and could max out at $82MM over nine years, if all three options are exercised.

Keith, 22, was a fifth-round pick by the Tigers in the 2020 MLB Draft and has rocketed through the minor leagues. He produced a .306/.380/ .512 slash in 126 games between Double-A and Triple-A last season.

The young infielder has rocketed up prospect rankings as well. ranked him as the 22nd prospect while Baseball America has him at #28.

“This is a very exciting day for the Detroit Tigers, Colt, his family, and our fans,” said President of Baseball Operations Scott Harris in his press release.

“I couldn’t be more excited to reach this agreement, securing my place in this organization for years to come”, Keith added.

Keith, signed for just $500K out of the draft in 2020, and now appears to be penciled in as the Tigers starting second baseman in 2024.

This is the fourth-largest deal in MLB history for a player who has not made his MLB debut, behind contracts to Luis Robert Jr. and Eloy Jimenez of the White Sox, and Brewers outfielder Jackson Chourio which was signed earlier this off-season.

The Tigers will add Keith to a lineup that eventually will feature the likes of another top prospect in Jace Jung in the near future.

Here is a look at the Tigers projected starting lineup via Draft Nation

Parker Meadows- OF

Riley Greene- OF

Spencer Torkelson- 1B

Kerry Carpenter- DH

Mark Canha- OF

Matt Vierling- 3B (eventually Jace Jung)

Colt Keith- 2B

Javier Baez- SS

Jake Rogers- C

Draft Nation Stats- 5th round pick 2020 out of Biloxi High School in Mississippi.

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