Kevin Ziomek signs with the Detroit Tigers
Kevin Ziomek, of Amherst, signed with the Detroit Tigers Friday afternnoon in Lakeland, Fla. Purchase photo reprints »
Vanderbilt's Kevin Ziomek pitches in the first inning of a Southeastern Conference tournament college baseball game against South Carolina at the Hoover Met in Hoover, Ala., Thursday, May 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Dave Martin) Purchase photo reprints »
Kevin Ziomek is an official member of the Detroit Tigers.
The Amherst native signed his first professional contract Friday afternoon at Detroit’s minor league complex in Lakeland, Fla.
“Just signed!” Ziomek wrote in a text message.
“Excited to be a part of this organization!” he tweeted.
Terms of the deal have not been disclosed. Ziomek was the 58th pick in the second round of this month’s First-Year Player Draft. Major League Baseball’s slotting system for signing draft picks assigned the 58th pick a value of $956,600.
The left-hander from Vanderbilt was the Commodores’ No. 1 starter this season. The junior went 11-2 with a 2.13 ERA. He threw 119 innings, allowed 79 hits, struck out 115 and walked 40.
“Most of those kids who go through Vanderbilt are either hard workers, or they’ve learned to be hard workers,” Detroit area scout Harold Zonder told The Detroit News. “You’re getting a great kid here. “But I think what got it for me this year is he commanded his fastball so much better. And in those last few weeks of the season, they (coach Tim Corbin and staff) kind of changed the grip on his change-up that made it better. He really threw well.”
Ziomek led Vanderbilt to the SEC regular season championship and a trip to the Super Regionals.
Ziomek led Amherst Regional to the 2010 state Division 1 championship. He was a 13th round pick of the Arizona Diamondbacks that year. He elected to attend and play at Vanderbilt rather than sign.