Matt Jones is the online sports director for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. A double graduate of the University of Arkansas, he is a member of the Football Writers Association of America and National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, and voter for the Heisman Trophy.
Kenley hits 1st professional HR after signing with Tigers
Arkansas second baseman Jack Kenley bats during a game against LSU on Thursday, May 9, 2019, in Fayetteville.
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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