Position: First Base
Date of Birth: 2/16/1986 (2014 Opening Day Age: 28)
Acquired: 2008 Draft, 33rd Round
Ranking History: #164 (2009), #156 (2010), #95 (2011), #89 (2012), #60 (2013), #50 (2014)
Background: Drafted out of Oregon State as a senior sign in the 33rd round in 2008, Lennerton has hit at nearly every level of the minor leagues. He posted strong numbers at Low-A West Michigan over a season and a half in 2009 and 2010, before breaking out at High-A Lakeland with a .301/.393/.505 line in 57 games. He continued to hit at Lakeland in 2011, and then posted a solid .269/.368/.469 line with Double-A Erie in 2012. Lennerton followed that up with a .278/.382/.430 line in 2013 and a spot on the Futures Game World Team roster at the 2013 All-Star Game.
|2013 Jordan Lennerton Stats - Hitting|
Body: Looks taller than listed height; has toned body in recent years; good physical presence; improved strength in upper body; modest athleticism is more apparent with revamped physique; limited physical projection remaining.
Hit: Starts from open stance with high hands; struggles getting front foot down consistently, leading to some timing issues; slower load; hands drop too far as part of load and doesn’t always get to the zone on time; lacks impressive bat speed; feel for the barrel is fringy; knows strike zone; willing to take pitches; doesn’t consistently recognize spin and will chase secs out of the zone; can’t catch up to FB in upper or inner part of strike zone; current issues with contact will only be exacerbated at MLB level; projects as below average hitter. Grade – Present 3+/Future 4
Power: Strength-based swing that lacks bat speed; can still drive the ball with good leverage; power manifests most when he can extend arms and drive pitches out over the plate; can hit mistakes for power; above-average raw plays down in game situations because of swing-and-miss and too much weak contact; power can be completely negated by pitching hard up or anything inside. Grade – 4+/4+
Speed: Not a part of his game; lumbering runner; no risk to steal bases or take extra bases on his hits, or others; station to station guy; nearly bottom of the scale. Grade – 3/3
Defense: Quality 1B defender; lacks range but makes up for it with solid positioning and good instincts; surprising footwork around the bag; rarely makes mistakes; solid hands; knows when to go hard to glove side and when to retreat to let 2B make the play; consistently clean picks on low throws; good, appropriate stretch; has trust of his infielders; defensive asset. Grade – 5+/5+
Arm: Strong and accurate; can make throws on the run to 2B as part of double-play or getting lead runner; accurate throws on cutoff; above-average overall. Grade – 5+/5+
Other: Hard worker; quality makeup; enjoys playing the game; very competitive on the field; doesn’t allow struggles to impact other aspects of his game; solid org player.
Summary: Lacks feel to hit for offensive game to profile at MLB level; susceptible to hard stuff up and anything inside; potential .250-.260 hitter; walks will decrease as pitchers learn how to challenge him with velocity and spin; on-base rates will fall commensurately; hitting deficiencies prevent power from playing at above-average raw level; fringe power in game situations; defense is strongest part of game; true asset at 1B that helps infield defenders; strong makeup and competitiveness.
Risk: Low risk player with limited upside; already reached AAA level; advanced age.
Projection: Organizational player; limited potential as a second division player; could get a cup of coffee in 2014 or 2015.