Detroit Tigers Secure Future With 6-Year Extension For Infield Prospect Colt Keith

Photo: Instagram/Colt Keith

As spring training looms, the Detroit Tigers have made a significant move by signing 22-year-old infield prospect Colt Keith to a lucrative six-year contract extension valued at over $28 million. 

The announcement came on Sunday, solidifying Keith's commitment to the team through 2029, with additional options for 2030, 2031, and 2032.

Despite having yet to make his MLB debut, Keith's impressive performance in the minor leagues has earned him this substantial deal. 
With a notable .300/.382/.512 batting line in 239 games, the fifth-round draft pick from 2020 has showcased his prowess, reaching as high as Triple-A.

Photo: Instagram/Colt Keith

In 2023, playing for the Triple-A Toledo Mud Hens, Keith demonstrated his skills with a .287/.369/.521 slash line and 13 home runs over 67 games. While he is versatile, handling second and third base, the Tigers are expected to position him as their second baseman in the upcoming seasons.

The decision to extend Keith's contract before his MLB debut follows a trend seen with other teams, such as the Philadelphia Phillies with Scott Kingery in 2018 and the Chicago White Sox with Luis Robert and Eloy Jimenez. 

It's a gamble, acknowledging the uncertainties of prospects, but for the Tigers, this strategic move is aimed at kickstarting progress in their rebuild. The 2024 season marks the 10th anniversary of the Tigers' last playoff appearance, and with a focus on their young talents, the team aims to move forward. 

The Tigers are banking on Colt Keith's long-term commitment to propel them in the right direction as they strive to regain competitiveness in the American League Central. (Source: Yahoo Sports)

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