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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Lennerton, Cron to represent Tigers organization in 2013 Futures Game

If you had to pick which of the locker mates for Triple-A Toledo were going to represent the Detroit Tigers for the All-Star Futures Game, odds are that 90 percent of the answers would have been Nick Castellanos.

Instead, it’s his neighbor in the next locker stall to the left in the Fifth/Third Field home clubhouse who’s a lock for the July 14 contest. Castellanos, the MVP of the 2012 Futures Game, is one of five final player vote candidates for the last spot on the U.S. Team. [Voting instructions are here.]

A 27-year-old Canadian-born first baseman, Lennerton was a 33rd-round pick of the Tigers in the 2008 First-Year Player Draft out of Oregon State, and was not ranked among Detroit’s top 20 prospects by MLB.com before the season started, nor in Baseball America’s top 10.

He’s merely produced on the field. He had a streak of reaching base in 47 straight games that was snapped with an 0-for-4 night on June 18.

Entering Wednesday, he was ninth in the International League in hitting (.311), third in walks (52) and on-base percentage (.416), fifth in hits (88) and seventh in total bases (136).

Lennerton’s manager from a year ago, Double-A Erie’s Chris Cron, will be on manager Mookie Wilson’s coaching staff for the U.S. Team. His son, C.J., a former first-round pick of the Angels, will be one of the players he’s helping coach.

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