Turnbull, Laxer sign MLB contracts
Wednesday, July 2, 2014 1:00 PM
MADISON - Former Madison Central stars Spencer Turnbull and Josh Laxer have both inked deals with Major League Baseball's Detroit Tigers.
Turnbull, the 63rd-overall selection in May's first-year player draft, signed his deal - which included a $900,600 signing bonus - on June 13.
He was assigned first to the GCL Tigers in the Gulf Coast (Rookie) League, where he made one appearance. He gave up a run on a home run in three innings of work with four strikeouts and one walk.
He was then promoted to Low-A Connecticut in the New York-Penn. League. So far, he's made one appearance there, and allowed three hits in three innings with two walks and one strikeout, but not runs.
As of Tuesday, he was back with the GCL Tigers.
The talented right-handed pitcher went 5-7 with a 2.22 earned run average as a junior this past season at the University of Alabama. He limited opponents to a .192 batting average.
Laxer, another Madison Central baseball alumnus, inked a deal with the Tigers on Monday. His contract will pay the right-handed the $143,900 bonus assigned to the 280th overall pick. The move appeared on Monday's Associated Press sports transactions list.
The Ole Miss right-hander was also assigned to the GCL Tigers, and Monday night was called on to pitch the ninth inning against the GCL Blue Jays.
He retired three of the four hitters he faced, issuing one walk, and did not allow a run.
Laxer was selected by the Tigers just before leading the Rebels to consecutive wins in Lafayette, La. to clinch a Super Regional over the University of Louisiana-Lafayette.
He led the Rebels with six saves and a sizzling 1.47 ERA, and tallied 43 strikeouts to just 11 walks in 36.2 innings of work.