Detroit Tigers draft pick chooses collegiate ball over big leagues — for now

Grant Wolfram has always dreamed of playing in the big leagues, but that dream is being put on hold — at least for now.

The Hamilton High School graduate was selected by the Tigers in the 17th round (520th overall) of this year's amateur draft, but has decided not to sign with Detroit and instead fulfill his commitment to attend Central Michigan.

Wolfram spent the past month mulling over the decision before finally coming to a conclusion on Wednesday.

"The Tigers are the Tigers, obviously," Wolfram told MLive. "That is a dream, but I don't think it's my time right now. I want to get better and bigger and stronger and be more prepared when I start my professional career.

"I think the best way to do that is go to college and have three years of school under my belt and three years of college baseball under my belt."

Wolfram had a stellar senior season for the Hawkeyes, going 9-3 with a .054 ERA and helping lead his team to a district championship.

The three-sport athlete said he consulted with friends and family before reaching his final decision.

He will be eligible for the MLB Draft again in 2018.

(h/t MLive)