#20 - Nook Logan

While Randy Smith was still General Manager of the Tigers, the focus of his drafting efforts was on one thing; speed. OF Nook Logan was the epitome of this model; a speedster who the Tigers hoped would see his other skills develop as he moved up the ladder. Well, he's still one of the fastest players in the minors, but the Tigers are still waiting to see the rest of his skills.

Nook Logan was drafted in the third round of the 2000 Draft out so-and-so Junior College. Ever since being drafted, he's steadily moved up in the farm system, one league for each year with the organization. However, Logan has yet to show much more than his blazing speed, as he continues to struggle at the plate and while he was recently added to the 40-man roster, he has yet to show that he can be successful at the major league level.

Logan spent 2003 in AA-Erie and had an average season. He showed that he could show patience at the plate, netting 51 walks (a career high for him). However, his average was still less-than-impressive (.251), and he still had over 100 strikeouts. His defense in Centerfield was respectable, but his rather pathetic OPS (.649) clearly show that Logan is not yet ready for major league pitching.

Logan is much like the Tigers current Centerfielder (Alex Sanchez), a leadoff hitter whose main attribute is his speed. Logan has been a leadoff hitter throughout his minor league career and the hope is that one day he would be able to fill that role for the Tigers. His improved patience is a big positive, but his bat is still a big worry.

It has yet to be determined where Logan will start the season. The Tigers still have former prospect Andres Torres to patrol Centerfield for the Mudhens, but if Torres has a good Spring, he might push for a roster spot with the Tigers, especially with the current lack of a backup Centerfielder. Or, it's possible that the Tigers would move Torres to a corner outfield position and allow Logan to move up and try his luck against AAA pitching.

Logan has incredible speed, which means as long as he can be average at the plate he's going to get a shot at some point in the majors. But unless a switch flips in Logan's head, and he can cut down on the strikeouts and churn out some more hits, it's hard to see Logan as anything more than a backup Outfielder/pinch runner type player.

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