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Adam Ravenelle Signs With Detroit

The man who threw the last pitch in this year's College World Series is thought to be a fast riser, and will likely get a shot at making the Tigers in next year's spring training.

Adam Ravenelle, who will always be able to say, "I threw the last pitch of Vanderbilt's first men's national title," presumably to the '07 women's bowling team.
Adam Ravenelle, who will always be able to say, "I threw the last pitch of Vanderbilt's first men's national title," presumably to the '07 women's bowling team.

Ravenelle reportedly used the arm that throws 95mph heat to sign a $412,400 contract with the Detroit Tigers (no word on how fast he threw the contract), who selected him in the 4th round about a month ago.  The deal is slightly over slot ($392,400), but Detroit got good value here, as Ravenelle has set-up man stuff already, and will likely not need too much seasoning in the minors before he'll be able to pitch meaningful innings for the Tigers.

In other Commodore contract news, Brian Miller, who I reported as possibly being signed on June 29th, officially put ink on paper some time last week.  According to The Tennessean:

"He has reported to Class A Short Season affiliate Hudson Valley, where he is expected to make his professional debut this week."

Not a lot of hoopla surrounding the signings of 15th round draft picks, as neither I nor the Tennessean can lock down exactly when he signed or for how much (though I still like to imagine he was given a pool, as Baseball America seems to report about all of our guys).