South Carolina catcher Grayson Greiner has agreed to terms on a contract with the Detroit Tigers that includes a $529,400 bonus, the value slotted to the 99th overall selection, according to mlb.com.
Greiner, the Tigers' third-round pick in last week's MLB Draft, spent Wednesday flying from South Carolina to Florida, where he'll undergo his physical at the Tigers' spring training facility in Lakeland and sign his deal.
"It's a dream come true for me," Greiner told the web site. "Ever since I could walk, I dreamed of becoming a professional baseball player. Now I can wake up and put my mind on the field and try to get better."
The Tigers decided to take a shot on a catcher his size (6-foot-5) because they like his defensive skills.
"He's large, but he's mobile," vice president of amateur scouting David Chadd told mlb.comlast week. "He moves well. He was Team USA's primary catcher last summer, so he's handled pitchers of Major League caliber. So we know he can catch, we know he can throw, and I like his offensive abilities, too. Outstanding makeup, and we think he's got the leadership qualities to catch, and catch at the highest level."
Greiner is one of two catchers the Tigers drafted in their first five picks.