Have you heard of Brennon Lund? Perhaps you read Jeff Joiner’s interview back about 3 weeks ago? Also check out this short audio interview from just a few days ago. Lund burst into the Angels farm system last June by hitting .529 in his first 19 plate appearances with a .619 OBP and 5 stolen bases. He came into the minors and said - I am here and ready to prove myself - and that he has done.
Lund wasn’t even drafted until the 11th round of the 2016 draft and Eppler and crew considered that a steal. Lund was drafted for his athleticism (much like Brandon Marsh). Many teams looked over him over concern he’d go off on missionary work (he is Mormon). Lund has good baseball IQ, tools, and a grinding work ethic. All the scouting and progress reports peg Lund as a 4th outfielder in the big leagues but his ceiling is that of a regular starter.
While he doesn’t have much power, Lund can run - and he can hit and field. He’s an on-base lead off type hitter that can play any outfield position.
What’s so special about Lund? For many, that’s hard to say. But Lund just keeps hitting and performing anywhere he goes.
Check out his minor league stats:
Brennon Lund Stats
|MINOR LEAGUE TOTALS||0.321||166||664||94||213||31||6||9||75||60||123||35||12||0.384||0.426||0.810|
That’s right. Lund has already been promoted TWICE this year and by the looks of it, he’s taking AA by storm just like he has done at each level. I’d expect to see this guy at spring training next year and he should start in AAA.
Lund’s defense has been on the mark as well. He’s not flashy, but in 2017 he already has 9 assists and 3 double plays with a respectable .975 FPCT. For a comparison, rocket-arm man Kole Calhoun had a minor league best 11 outfield assists in his 2012 season.
Keep an eye on Lund. This year he may be a big part of the Mobile BayBears playoff push along with some other great prospects (Grayson Long, Jaime Barria, Taylor Ward, and Matt Thaiss). He will be one to watch over the 2018-2019 seasons. At the rate he’s hitting, it will be a matter of when - not if - he makes it on to the big league roster.