Tigers Prospect Profile: Brandon Loy

The University of Texas product was the Tigers fifth round pick earlier this week and is an outstanding defender; what else does he bring to the table and where might he start his professional career?

Brandon Loy
Height: 6-0
Weight: 180
Born: 5/3/1990
Bats: Right
Throws: Right

Selected in the 32nd round by the Baltimore Orioles out of high school, Loy opted to head to Austin and help continue the Texas baseball tradition. Loy started 67 games for one of the nation's premier collegiate programs during his freshman year, and didn't disappoint after arriving with high expectations. He batted .288 in 233 at-bats and walked 27 times against just 28 strikeouts.

In his second season, Loy struggled to adjust as the book was out on him, hitting only .252 during his sophomore campaign. Loy did drive the ball more with 13 extra base hits, including his first career home run. He again displayed his solid approach at the plate with only 40 strikeouts and 34 walks. Despite some regression, Loy still earned All-Big 12 2nd Team honors in 2010.

The 2011 season was a breakout campaign for Loy as he hit a robust .344 in 63 games. He also showed an OBP of .426 and the highest slugging percentage of his career at .464. That line is backed by 21 doubles, three triples, and one home run. Loy's season will continue as the Longhorns head to Super Regional play this weekend.

Scouting Report
As is regularly the case with middle infielders drafted by the Tigers, Loy is a defense-first guy that will have to demonstrate the bat can play.

Loy is one of the premier defensive players in college baseball. He has outstanding instincts that allow his solid-average speed to translate to plus range to both sides. His hands are soft and consistent. Loy's footwork is one of his strengths and is far more polished than you'd expect from an amateur player. His arm is easily an above-average tool with frequent 60 grades being thrown around.

At the plate, Loy isn't projected to hit much as a pro. He has some ability to manage the strike zone and work counts, and he will limit his strikeouts. Though his approach is good, he won't walk a ton and will rely on contact to get on base.

Though he can make contact, his complete lack of power keeps him from driving the ball and often limits him to soft line drives and groundball singles. He is projected to hit no more than .250-.260 against pro pitching. Loy is an outstanding bunter and understands the traditional situational play of the game. A solid-average runner, Loy won't steal many bases but he is a good base runner and can be an asset taking extra bases and moving into scoring position.

Loy's defense is a potential plus-plus asset and that alone could put him on a big league roster. If he hits at all, even for an empty average, Major League teams will see value in his glove and carry him. If the bat doesn't come through, he could still profile as a utility player at the highest level.

Health Record
Loy has been healthy throughout his time at Texas and barring any freak incidents during the remainder of the NCAA Tournament, he should enter pro ball ready to play every day.

The Future
Just as with third round pick Aaron Westlake, Loy won't sign until his team's College World Series run is complete. Though the Tigers had trouble signing UT right-hander Cole Green last summer, Loy is not expected to be a problem and should sign fairly quickly once his season is complete.

Upon signing, Loy's defense will be ready for an A-ball assignment. Given the offensive struggles of the young Dixon Machado at West Michigan, the Tigers could opt to push him down to Connecticut and let Loy take the reins at West Michigan throughout the second half of the season.

Loy's bat will determine his ultimate big league time table. The glove will be Major League ready quickly and the organization will have to decide if they want to wait for the bat or if having the glove in Detroit is more valuable. Either way, he could be ready for his debut sometime during the 2013 season.

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