June 13, 2007--Emporia State outfielder Mark McBratney signed a free agent contract with the Detroit Tigers organization on Wednesday afternoon. He will report to the Class A Lakeland (Fla.) Flying Tigers on Sunday.
McBratney was a two-time, first-team All-MIAA outfielder for the Hornets and earned All-American status following his junior year. He hit .349 with nine home runs and 71 RBI his senior season as ESU won the MIAA Tournament Championship and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the fourth straight year.
He is the fourth Hornet to sign with a major league organization in the last three years.

Hornets to sign with Major League organizations under Bob Fornelli
2007 - Mark McBratney OF Detroit Tigers (free agent signing)
2006 - Gabe Medina P New York Yankees (15th round draft pick)
2006 - John Martin C Los Angeles Dodgers (24th round draft pick)
2005 - Scott Fogelson P San Diego Padres (free agent signing)

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