Aaron Westlake has had an up-and-down pro career since the Tigers drafted him in 2011, but the 2013 season was a bright spot for the big first baseman, who hit .291 for Lakeland. Has the turnaround year brightened his future projections?
Aaron Westlake, the Detroit Tigers’ 22nd round pick in 2010 out of Vanderbilt, has not had many opportunities to prove himself thus far in spring training. He took advantage of one of his few chances on Sunday, though, blasting a home run in Detroit’s loss to the Braves.
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Westlake hit .249 with nine home runs and 69 RBI for Class A West Michigan...
After being a third round pick, Aaron Westlake hasn't quite lived up to expectations of many Tigers fans, not showing the power in games that he was projected to possess by many scouts. Despite those struggles, there's still reason for optimism with Westlake.
Organizational Talent Rankings via Baseball America
2012 (22) | 2011 (25) | 2010 (27) | 2009 (28) | 2008 (27)
2012 Affiliate Records
MLB: [88-74] AL Central
AAA: [60-84] International League – Toledo
AA: [57-84] Eastern League – Erie
A+: [73-58] Florida State League – Lakeland
A: [72-68] Midwest League – West Michigan
A(ss): [35-40] New York-Penn League — Connecticut...
As we move through the league, we see more and more teams that have used their farm system to go for it. That is one of the utilizations of a good farm system. The Tigers traded their best prospect and their best catching prospect (among others) for Anibal Sanchez and Omar Infante. The idea was to get back to the ALCS and bust through the glass ceiling this time.
Aaron Westlake may not have been drafted for his fielding ability, but his approach at the plate coupled with the fact that he demolished opposing pitchers throughout his decorated career at Vanderbilt, intrigued the Detroit Tigers far too much to pass on him.