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Jordan M. Lennerton

  • Bats Left, Throws Left
  • Height 6' 2", Weight 217-230 lb.

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Jordan Lennerton has played for Team Canada and in the minors. He won a College World Series title as well.

Lennerton was picked by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 50th round of the 2004 amateur draft. He hit .333 at El Paso Community College in 2005 and was picked by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 41st round of the 2005 amateur draft (one selection after Tyler Moore) but again did not sign. He hit a whopping .416 as a sophomore, with 63 RBI in 55 games. Transferring to Oregon State, he put up a .313/.410/.539 line with 10 home runs and 51 RBI in 65 games. He homered three times in the 2007 College World Series, including in each game of the finals as OSU won the national title. He fell to .277/.370/.482 with six home runs as a senior. The Detroit Tigers chose him in the 33rd round of the 2008 amateur draft; the scout was Ryan Johnson.

Lennerton made his pro debut with the GCL Tigers and Lakeland Flying Tigers in 2008, hitting .243/.348/.365 for the first club and .179/.338/.268 for the latter. He struck out in 54 of 171 at-bats for the year. With the 2009 West Michigan Whitecaps, he was much better, batting .282/.370/.434 with 30 doubles and 71 RBI. He led the Midwest League with 7 intentional walks and led MWL first basemen in fielding percentage (.996). In 2010, he was with the Whitecaps (.290/.386/.402 in 59 G) and Lakeland (.301/.393/.505 in 57 G), with a combined 30 doubles. He had exactly 62 hits for each team.

With Lakeland in 2011, he hit .285/.397/.444 with 33 doubles, 92 walks, 75 runs and 75 RBI. He was among the Florida State League leaders in runs (tied for 8th with Hunter Morris), doubles (7th), RBI (8th) and walks (2nd, 12 behind leader Robbie Grossman). He finished the year hot, with a .406 average, 8 home runs and 21 RBI in August, winning Tigers Minor League Player of the Month honors. He also was among Tiger farmhand leaders for the year in runs (2nd), doubles (tied for second, 3 behind Nick Castellanos), home runs (4th), RBI (4th), walks (1st) and OBP (2nd).

In '12, the Langley native hit .269/.368/.469 with 34 doubles, 21 home runs, 82 RBI and 79 walks for the Erie SeaWolves, while fielding .998 at 1B. He was among the Eastern League pacesetters in runs (73, tied for 7th with Gary Brown and Niuman Romero), doubles (tied for 4th with Matt Curry), home runs (tied for 3rd with Zoilo Almonte, behind Darin Ruf and Luke Murton), RBI (4th behind Ruf, Chris Colabello and Robbie Widlansky), walks (tied for first with Aaron Hicks) and strikeouts (1st, one ahead of fellow Canadian Nick Weglarz). Ruf, who hit 38 home runs, was an easy pick as the All-Star 1B despite Lennerton's fine season. Among Tiger minor leaguers, he led in RBI (three over Dean Green) and walks (11 more than runner-up Matt Young). He was also second in home runs (3 behind Brad Eldred), tied for third in doubles and third in runs.

Lennerton then joined Team Canada for the 2013 World Baseball Classic Qualifiers. In his first game against Germany, he entered as a 8th-inning pinch-hitter for DH Brock Kjeldgaard and homered off Harry Glynne. He came up again in the 9th and singled off Markus Solbach, scoring Chris Robinson.

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