Kenley hits 1st professional HR after signing with Tigers

By: Matt Jones
Published: Tuesday, June 25, 2019
Arkansas second baseman Jack Kenley bats during a game against LSU on Thursday, May 9, 2019, in Fayetteville.
Photo by Ben Goff
Arkansas second baseman Jack Kenley bats during a game against LSU on Thursday, May 9, 2019, in Fayetteville.

— Arkansas infielder Jack Kenley signed with the Detroit Tigers on Sunday and began his professional career Monday with a big game for the Detroit Tigers' West team in the Gulf Coast League.

Kenley went 3-for-4 with a home run, 2 RBI and 4 runs scored hitting out of the leadoff spot. Kenley played second base in the field.

Drafted in the eighth round with the 232nd pick overall, Kenley signed an offer worth $135,000, according to MLB's draft tracker.

That signing bonus was lower than the suggested value of $181,200 for his place in the draft.

Kenley is the first of seven drafted Razorbacks to sign this offseason. Yet to sign are pitchers Isaiah Campbell (Mariners), Matt Cronin (Nationals), Jacob Kostyshock (Rockies) and Cody Scroggins (Red Sox); outfielder Dominic Fletcher (Diamondbacks); and Zack Plunkett, a catcher at Arkansas who was drafted by the Dodgers as a pitcher.

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