#2 - Brent Clevlen

GM Dave Dombrowski started off the 2002 amateur draft with an Infielder (SS/3B Scott Moore), but from then on decided to focus on replenishing the Tigers Outfield depth. The head of that group was 2nd rounder Brent Clevlen, who now has not only proved to be the best of that group, but one of the best overall prospects in the entire organization.

Brent Clevlen was originally selected in the second round of the 2002 amateur draft out of Cedar Park, Texas. There was debate as to whether or not Clevlen would join the team, as he felt he was deserving of a first round selection. However, the Tigers gave Clevlen the contract he desired, and was then out to prove all the teams that passed him over the first time around wrong.

After a solid rookie campaign, Clevlen spent his first full season with low-A West Michigan. Clevlen's power numbers weren't amazing, but he also spent the season playing in one of the worst power hitters parks in all of baseball, a park that allows for notoriously low scoring. Despite the reputation, Clevlen still did belt 12 Home Runs along with 22 doubles while driving in 63 runs. Clevlen wasn't amazing in the field, but was more than adequate. And even more encouraging than Clevlen's ability at the plate was his ability to take a pitch, recording 72 base-on-balls over the season.

Clevlen projects to be an everyday Right Fielder that hits somewhere in the middle of the lineup. At this point, Clevlen looks like he's more likely to hit .300 with 20 homers than .260 with 30 homers, but he is still very young and his power could develop as he matures – especially considering his 6' 2" frame that only carries around 170 lbs. at this point. But as of right now, Clevlen looks like the prototypical #3 hitter in the lineup.

The Tigers have become more conservative in moving players up the ladder across the board, and Clevlen is no different. He'll make the jump from low-A to high-A this season, and will spend the season with the Lakeland Tigers. Some players do possess the ability to jump levels, but Clevlen is still young and needs to mature more physically, so expect him to be brought up one level at a time. In the mean time, the Tigers would like to see a little more power out of Clevlen while continuing to improve the rest of his game that is already solid.

Clevlen still has some rough spots (needs to cut down on his strikeouts and display some more power), but there is no question that he is an incredible talent that figures prominently in Detroit's future. As always, he's still very young, so there's no telling where and how he'll develop, but Clevlen should factor into the Tigers lineup – probably as a September call-up – sometime in 2006, and could even enter the 2007 season with a guaranteed spot in the lineup. The Tigers right now don't have a ton of highly regarded prospects, but Clevlen is without a doubt one of them.

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