June 20, 2012
The Detroit Tigers signed two more Commodores when pitchers Will Clinard and Drew VerHagen inked professional contracts earlier this week.
The duo joins former Dores Aaron Westlake and Curt Casali, who were selected by the Tigers last summer, in the Detroit farm system. Westlake and Casali started their professional careers with the Connecticut Tigers (New York-Penn League) last summer and it appears Clinard and VerHagen will do the same.
Clinard wrapped up a stellar career at Vanderbilt going 7-3 with a 4.83 ERA in 30 games. The native of Cross Plains, Tenn. will be remembered for getting the final out of the Nashville Super Regional in 2011 that send Vanderbilt to the school's first-ever College World Series. The Tigers picked Clinard in the 19th round, one year after the Minnesota Twins selected him in the 30th round.
VerHagen posted an impressive season in his one and only year on West End. The big right-hander went 6-3 with a team-best 3.50 ERA in 27 games. VerHagen filled a variety of roles for the Commodores in 2012, starting seven games and saving two out of the bullpen. The Tigers selected VerHagen with their pick in the fourth round.
VerHagen and Clinard join teammates Sam Selman (Kansas City) and Anthony Gomez (Miami) as Commodores that have signed pro deals this summer.