photo by: James R. Chipman
Chances are, if I were to ask you to name a prospect second baseman in the Tigers organization you would most likely tell me about Will Rhymes or Scott Sizemore. A die hard Tigers fan might even suggest Danny Worth who was recently added to the 40 man roster and from time to time plays second base. Those are all solid answers, each of the listed names are good players that could be contributors in due time.
However, how about if I told you that the Tigers have a second baseman down on the farm that has put up some numbers better than all three of the above mentioned names?
Not possible you say?
In three seasons with the Detroit Tigers organization Brandon Douglas has put up a higher batting average and on-base-percentage. Douglas also has just 91 strikeouts over that span. Yes, you guessed it, that is also fewer than the above named players.
Relax, put down your pitchforks and rifles folks. No need to get the town together to cause great bodily harm upon me for thinking outside the box. I’m not dissing everyones favorite “scrappy” Tiger Will Rhymes. Nor am I doubting the skills of Scott Sizemore or Danny Worth. However, prior to last seasons AAA Detroit Tiger team-via the injury bug, many of you had not heard of names like Rhymes or Worth. My point is that every team has a few diamonds in the rough. Brandon Douglas is that diamond in my opinion. Given the opportunity he has the necessary skill-set to become a solid major league infielder. The career .331 hitter should open up this season in AAA Toledo. After already mastering the lower levels of our farm system, I believe Brandon will take a big step forward this season.
Thursday afternoon after practice, prospect second baseman Brandon Douglas was kind enough to sit down and answer questions with me. Brandon and I discuss everything from plate discipline, having a different number every season and his fear of flying. We even dive into American Idol, XBox and NFL Football.
Click on the link below the picture to play the interview. I hope you enjoy getting to know Brandon Douglas. I sure did.
A special thanks to Brandon Douglas for his hospitality at Tiger Town. Thank you for taking the time out of your busy day to talk.