The Detroit Tigers Minor League affiliates seasons are now officially in the books. With another season completed, the time has come for me to announce the 2011 MCB Down on the Farm All-Star Team.
In an effort to reward less talked about prospects, only players that did not receive a call-up to Detroit this season were eligible. While you may recognize some of the names, remember these awards aren’t a pronouncement of the Tigers top prospects. The awards were based heavily upon the best overall statistical season per position.
Similar to previous years, the breakdown of the roster will consist of one player per position, a designated hitter, five starting pitchers and five relievers.
2011 MCB Down on the Farm All-Star Team: 1B Jordan Lennerton
TEAMS: Advanced-A Lakeland Flying Tigers
STATS: 484 AB, .285/.397/.444/.841
33 doubles, 1 triple, 14 home runs, 75 RBI, 92 BB and 125 SO
Jordan Lennerton was selected by the Detroit Tigers in the 33rd round of the 2008 MLB First-Year Player Draft. The 6’2″ , 220 pound left-handed first baseman attended Oregon State University. Lennerton debuted in 2008, splitting time between the Gulf Coast League and Florida State League. He hit just .222 with 11 doubles, 1 triple, 2 homer runs and 30 RBI over 171 at-bats. The following season, Lennerton posted a much more improved .282/.370/.434 line over 434 at-bats with Class-A West Michigan. In 2010, Lennerton split time between West Michigan and Lakeland finishing with a .solid 295/.389/.455 line.
BEHIND THE NUMBERS:
Lennerton might be 25 and repeating Advanced-A Lakeland but his numbers were definitely impressive. He finished 2nd in the FSL with 92 walks, 8th in OPS, 7th in doubles with 33 and 6th in on-base-percentage. He also recorded career highs in hits, doubles, home runs, RBI, walks and on-base-percentage.
I’m sure you get the picture, Lennerton had a helluva season!
Unfortunately for Lennerton, Miguel Cabrera plays for the Detroit Tigers. Even beyond Cabrera, reaching the show will be a tall task for Lennerton. It’s not necessarily a knock on his work ethic or love for the game either. Normally you’re in Advanced-A at 25 for a reason. Again, I’m not being negative but the 33rd round pick must continue to prove he belongs. Lennerton will likely start the 2012 campaign in AA-Erie.
Perhaps only time will tell what the future has in store for Jordan Lennerton. Regardless, he had an amazing season and was (at least in my opinion) the Tigers best Minor League first-baseman last season.
2011 MCB Down on the Farm All-Stars
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