Jordan Lennerton

Jordan Lennerton
Lennerton with the Detroit Tigers organization in 2014 spring training
Free agent
First baseman
Born: (1986-02-16) February 16, 1986
Langley, British Columbia
Bats: Left Throws: Left

Lennerton with the Canada national team in 2015 WBSC Premier12 warm-up game
Medal record
Men’s baseball
Representing  Canada
Pan American Games
2015 Toronto National team

Jordan M. Lennerton (born February 16, 1986) is a Canadian professional baseball first baseman who is currently a free agent. He had been in the Detroit Tigers' organization from the time he was drafted in 2008 until 2015.

Amateur career

Lennerton grew up in Langley, British Columbia, where he played Little League Baseball. His team reached the 1998 Little League World Series. Lennerton hit a home run in a game against a team from Japan. He attended Brookswood Secondary School[1] and also played amateur baseball for the Langley Blaze of the British Columbia Premier Baseball League.[2]

Lennerton attended El Paso Community College.[2] He then transferred to Oregon State University, where he played for the Oregon State Beavers baseball team. He hit three home runs in the 2007 College World Series, which Oregon State won.[3] In 2008, he was named to the All-Pacific-10 Conference team.[4]

Professional career

Detroit Tigers

The Detroit Tigers drafted Lennerton in the 33rd round of the 2008 MLB Draft.[4] In 2012, while playing for the Erie SeaWolves, he was named to the Eastern League all-star game as well as being named Detroit Tigers organizational all star. Named top defensive first baseman in the Eastern League by Baseball America in 2012.[5][6]

In 2013, Lennerton was assigned to the Toledo Mud Hens of the Class AAA International League. He represented the Tigers in the All-Star Futures Game.[7] He was also named an International League All-Star.

Lennerton was added to the Tigers 40-man roster on November 20, 2013,[8] and was dropped on May 5, 2014.[9] He cleared waivers and was assigned to Toledo.[9] During the 2014 season, Lennerton batted .249 (102-for-410) with 26 doubles, 10 home runs, 53 RBIs, 73 walks and 114 strikeouts with the Toledo Mud Hens. On January 5, 2015, Lennerton signed a minor league contract with the Detroit Tigers.[10][11] He was released on July 24, 2015.

Further career

Lennerton signed a minor league deal with the Atlanta Braves on July 27, 2015. He was released on March 21, 2016.

On April 10, 2016, Lennerton signed with the Quebec Capitales of the Can-Am League.[12] He was released on April 6, 2017. He resigned on May 18, 2017. He was released on December 27, 2017.

International career

Lennerton played for the Canadian national baseball team in the 2013 World Baseball Classic qualifying round.

He also played for the Leones de Ponce during the 2013 season in the Puerto Rico Baseball League.

Lennerton (2014) played for the Cangrejeros de Santurce in the Puerto Rico Baseball League.

Jordan played a major role in the 2015 Pan Am Games Gold Medal win with Team Canada's Men's baseball team.

References

  1. "A baseball rarity - Sports". The Daily Barometer. Retrieved November 21, 2012.
  2. 1 2 John Dudley (April 20, 2012). "John Dudley: Erie SeaWolves' Lennerton slugs way to prominence". Goerie.com. Retrieved November 21, 2012.
  3. Borzi, Pat (June 25, 2007). "Oregon State Beats North Carolina to Win Second Consecutive College World Series". New York Times. Retrieved April 8, 2014.
  4. 1 2 T. J. Hamilton. "Childhood friends Jordan Lennerton, Mike Gosse pursue baseball dreams together on Whitecaps". MLive.com. Retrieved November 21, 2012.
  5. Ewen, Steve. "Langley slugger Jordan Lennerton makes Double A Eastern League all-star game". Blogs.theprovince.com. Retrieved November 21, 2012.
  6. Ewen, Steve (April 2, 2013). "Lennerton a prized prospect". The Province. Retrieved July 15, 2013.
  7. "Tigers Futures Game reps Jordan Lennerton, James McCann proud of progress". Detroit.tigers.mlb.com. July 14, 2013. Retrieved December 9, 2013.
  8. "Tigers purchase contracts of seven players". Detroit.tigers.mlb.com. November 20, 2013. Retrieved December 9, 2013.
  9. 1 2 Paul, Tony (May 5, 2014). "Tigers take Jordan Lennerton off 40-man roster, clearing space for Tuesday's starter Robbie Ray". Detroit News. Archived from the original on May 6, 2014. Retrieved May 6, 2014.
  10. Beck, Jason (January 5, 2015). "Lennerton returns to Tigers on Minor League deal". MLB. Retrieved January 5, 2015.
  11. "Lennerton eager to show Tigers what he can do at 1B".
  12. "Jordan Lennerton signe chez les Capitales de Québec (baseball Ligue Can-Am)".
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