Tigers Prospect Profile: Brandon Douglas

Douglas is carrying the flag for the 'Caps now

Brandon Douglas wasn't the most well known player the Tigers drafted this past June, but just over a month after being selected, Douglas is making a name for himself among the Tigers' minor league followers.

Brandon Douglas
Position: Shortstop
Height: 6-0
Weight: 185
Born: 8/27/1985
Bats: Right
Throws: Right

Background
Douglas has a very long track record of success at nearly every level of athletics that he's ever participated. In high school, Brandon lettered for the varsity team in baseball, football, basketball, and track. In 2003, he set the I-35 High School rushing record with 2,027 yards on the ground. He also All-Conference and All-District honors in baseball, along with being named to the All-Iowa News Association and Iowa Coaches Association baseball teams.

Staying in his home state and attending Northern Iowa, Douglas red-shirted his freshman year, then came out blazing during his sophomore campaign. In 54 games, he registered a .370/.424/.488 line, finishing as the first freshman to lead the team in hitting since 1988. He was selected to the All-MVC team as a shortstop, and even logged an impressive eleven three-hit games.

Douglas' success continued into his second season on the field, as he again posted a fine batting average (.339) while leading his team in slugging (.500) and maintaining his standing as the All-MVC shortstop. Brandon's third season was his true coming out party, as he hit a whopping .396 with 25 doubles and ten home runs in 54 games, while being named the MVC Player of the Year and a 2nd Team All-American at shortstop. On the back of that great performance, the Tigers selected Brandon in the 11th round this past June.

Scouting Report
As you would expect with the son of a coach, Douglas has an excellent feel for the game and displays very good instincts in the field and on the bases. He is an average runner with average range to both sides at shortstop. He occasionally flashes a slightly above-average arm, but its generally more solid than anything. From a defensive perspective, he may slide to the other side of the keystone down the line, but he is likely to get plenty of opportunities at shortstop in the early going.

At the plate, Douglas has a quick bat and a sound, repeatable stroke. He has enough strength for some good doubles power, and he could add more without affecting the rest of his game in a negative manner. He drives the ball from gap-to-gap, and has a knack for hard contact. He doesn't swing and miss often, and has a very solid understanding of the strike zone. He projects to hit for average and modest power, but when combined with everything else he brings to the table, that makes for an enticing package.

With a broad skill set and a head for the game, Douglas has the makings of a fast mover, and a solid prospect. He will have to hit to advance, as his defense isn't going to blow people away, with his knowledge of the game and willingness to learn, he has significant room for development.

Performance

Level

Team

AB

AVG

2B

HR

RBI

SO

BB

OBP%

SLG%

R

GCL Tigers

27

.333

2

1

5

2

3

.387

.519

SS-A

Oneonta

55

.327

3

1

3

6

4

.373

.473

A

West Mich.

25

.600

3

1

7

2

1

.630

.840


Health Record
Douglas battled hamstring injuries during his red-shirt sophomore season at UNI, but he has not had any further issues with his legs to date. Douglas works hard at his craft and is in good physical condition. He should be a pretty durable player.

The Future
After a brief sting with the GCL Tigers, Douglas was quickly promoted to Oneonta, where he continued to hit very well, picking up 18 hits in just 15 games. With an injury to Audy Ciriaco, Douglas was needed in West Michigan, and he has proceeded to take the Midwest League by storm. This kind of strong start could lead to both lofty expectations from fans, and an aggressive assignment for the 2009 season. Douglas has a chance to fly up prospect charts this off-season, and while it is still early, he has some projections as a solid middle infield prospect with some MLB potential.

Mark Anderson is TigsTown's Managing Editor and feature Minor League writer. He can be reached at Mark@TigsTown.com.

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