Prospect Profile: Brent Clevlen

Brent Clevlen quickly emerged as one of the top prospects in the organization, as well as one of the top prospects in all of baseball after a breakout 2003 season. Unfortunately, 2004 saw across-the-board regression for Clevlen. Now, he'll look to rebound in 2005.

Brent Clevlen
Position: Outfielder Height: 6-2 Weight: 195
Born: 10/27/1983 Bats: Right Throws: Right

Background
Clevlen is yet another Detroit outfield prospect who had the opportunity to play quarterback at the collegiate level. Clevlen was a star athlete for Westwood High School, and was taken in the 2nd round of the 2002 draft by the Tigers. Brent was projected as a first-round talent, whom the Tigers were thrilled to find available with their second choice. Upon signing for $805,000, Clevlen began raking right away in the Gulf Coast League, notching a .330/.372/.495 line as a rookie. Brent continued his success with West Michigan of the Midwest League in 2003, despite the pitcher-friendly confines of Fifth Third Park. After his first two seasons, Clevlen was considered to be one of the top prospects in the system, and a likely candidate to hit Detroit by 2006. Then came his dismal 2004 season with Lakeland. Clevlen regressed in every facet of his game last season, and was so discouraged by seasons end; coaches were keeping him out of many games down the stretch.

Scouting Report
Clevlen is a superb athlete and a natural baseball player. The game comes easy to him, and he typically looks fluid and confident in all his actions on the field. Clevlen has average speed, above-average strike zone judgment, good contact ability, and tremendous power potential. If he can get his offensive arsenal back on track in 2005, Clevlen could be expected to move quickly again. His swing is sound, and he simply needs to remain confident and let his natural ability carry him during games. With his multitude of skills, Brent has the potential to become a dominating offensive player, the likes of which the Tigers have not seen in their system in years. In the field, Clevlen has a reputation for being a good defender with a very strong and accurate arm, but has fallen victim to mental lapses on many occasions. It is debatable, but Brent may have the highest ceiling of any offensive player in the entire system. If he can put together his impressive package at the right time, he could be a fixture in Detroit's outfield for a long time.

Performance

Year

Team

AB

AVG

2B

HR

RBI

SO

BB

SLG%

OPS

2004

Lakeland

420

.224

23

6

50

127

44

.350

.650


Health Record
Clevlen has not experience any significant injuries at this point in his career.

The Future
After struggling tremendously at Lakeland in 2004, Clevlen will head back to the L-Tigers for a repeat tour of the Florida State League. Brent will be without fellow 2002 draftee Scott Moore for the first time in his professional career, as he was traded to the Chicago Cubs this offseason. If Clevlen can come out of the gates strong, he could quickly be promoted to AA-Erie to help out what will likely be a very weak offense. The 2005 season will tell a lot about the direction Clevlen's career path is likely to take. If he rebounds from his dreadful 2004 season, Clevlen will be right back on track for a trip to Detroit in his near future. However, if he continues to struggle, he could become lost in the shuffle of an improving minor league system.


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