Not often have the Tigers tied up their first-round pick days after drafting him, but it happened Friday when Jonathon Crawford signed a $2 million contract that will place him immediately in the Tigers farm system.

News of the contract was first reported by Jim Callis of Baseball America and was later confirmed by David Chadd, the Tigers vice president of amateur scouting, who decided last Thursday to make the University of Florida right-handed starter the Tigers’ initial pick.

“It was Jonathon’s desire to get going, and the new CBA,” Chadd said, a reference to the last players-owners contract, which set firmer cash allotments for all draft picks.

Crawford, 21, had a mid-spring slump but finished strong in 2013, with a 3.84 earned-run average in 862⁄3 innings.

“Crawford’s strong as a bull,” said Tim Corbin, whose Vanderbilt team saw Crawford frequently during his three seasons with Florida. “Great arm. Hard, hard slider.”

The Tigers and Crawford had until July 15 to agree on a contract. Had the two sides not succeeded, Crawford likely would have returned for his senior year at Florida and banked on an earlier pick and more money in 2013.