Meet the SeaWolves: Infield

   March 30, 2013 11:51 am    0

 

The Erie SeaWolves have already made a move this season. Erie had to shore up its infield after Dixon Machado had to go on the disabled list. The SeaWolves added Brandon Douglas to the roster to fill in for Machado.

James Robbins, 6-0, 225, 1B, Bats: Left, Throws: Left – Robbins has climbed the minor-league ladder in the Detroit organization. After being selected by the Tigers in the 30th round of the 2009 draft out of Shorecrest High School in Shoreline, Washington, Robbins has been with a different team each season. He started in rookie ball and eventually made his way to Lakeland in 2012. With the Flying Tigers, Robbins hit .237 with 29 doubles, two triples, 11 home runs and drove in 62 runs as well.

Hernan Perez, 6-1, 185, 2B, Bats: Right, Throws: Right – Perez is on the rise in Detroit’s organization after signing as a non-drafted free agent in 2007. Perez is only 22 years old and has five years of minor-league experience. The Venezuelan hit .261 in 124 games with Lakeland last season, including 11 doubles, four triples, five home runs and 44 RBIs. He actually received some major-league experience as well. Perez was called up to Detroit for two games when Jhonny Peralta went on paternity leave in June. Perez went 1-for-2 in his only at-bats with the Tigers.

Detroit is high on Perez as the No. 13 prospect in the organization. He is also the second-highest infield prospect for the Tigers. Perez started out as a shortstop but moved to second base. He can play either position and has above-average defense. In fact, with Machado’s injury, don’t be surprised if Perez is called on to play some shortstop right away for Erie.

Dixon Machado, 6-1, 170, SS, Bats: Right, Throws: Right – Machado is another find for the Tigers in Venezuela. He was signed as a non-drafted free agent in 2008 and was off to a fast start in rookie ball. He had a tough season in 2012 with a .195 average in 119 games with Lakeland. Detroit sees potential in Machado and promoted him to Erie in spring training. He stole 23-of-28 bases last year and scored 59 runs. Machado will start the season on the disabled list but shouldn’t be out too long.

Wade Gaynor, 6-3, 225, 3B, Bats: Right, Throws: Right – Gaynor spent 13 games in Erie last season after a rash of injuries in the Detroit organization. He hit .229 with two home runs and nine RBIs during his time with the SeaWolves and earned a spot in AA this year. He hit .254 in 105 games in Lakeland last season, including 14 home runs and 65 RBIs. Gaynor has power and can be consistent at the plate with everyday at-bats. The Kentucky native was drafted by the Tigers in the third round of the 2009 draft out of Western Kentucky University.

Corey Jones, 6-0, 202, 3B, Bats: Left, Throws: Right – Jones is another player making his way through the minor-league system. He was drafted in the seventh round of the 2010 draft out of Cal State-Fullerton. He played 76 games with the SeaWolves last season and five in Lakeland. With Erie, Jones hit .243 with 14 doubles and 21 RBIs in 76 games.

Marcus Lemon, 5-11, 173, Utility, Bats: Left, Throws: Right – Lemon, the son of former Detroit Tiger Chet Lemon, is looking to stick with an organization. The Tigers signed Lemon before the 2012 season, his third team in three years. Lemon hit .324 in 81 games with Lakeland last season, including 19 doubles, three triples, three home runs and 47 runs scored. Lemon brings plenty of versatility to Erie as he can play in the infield or outfield. He was originally drafted by the Texas Rangers in the fourth round of the 2006 draft. Lemon was ranked as the No. 120 overall prospect by Baseball America heading into the 2006 draft and entered the draft instead of competing for the University of Texas. Lemon played shortstop in the 2005 Pan-Am Junior championships but can also play second base and move to the outfield as well.

Brandon Douglas, 6-0, 200, 2B, Bats: Right, Throws: Right – This could be a make or break year for Douglas. The 27-year-old second baseman has spent the past five years in the minors and was recently added to Erie’s roster when Machado went down with an injury. He was selected by Detroit in the 11th round of the 2008 draft out of the University of Northern Iowa. He was originally drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in 2007 but did not sign. Douglas hit .263 in 131 games last year, including 23 doubles, three triples, three home runs and 48 RBIs. The Iowa native could earn more time with Erie with a fast start this season.

–Tom Reisenweber

 

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