Detroit Tigers Minor League Bio: James Skelton

Austin DrakeSenior Analyst IJune 29, 2008

Bats: LEFT    Throws: RIGHT    Height: 5'11"    Weight: 165 lbs.

James Skelton was born on October 28th, 1985 in West Covina, California.

Skelton was selected in the 14th round of the 2004 First Year Player Draft by the Tigers and was placed in GCL Tigers organization at age 18, a team for young players.

Skelton spent two years with the GCL Tigers then was promoted to Single-A Oneoneta Tigers to play catcher. In his first full season at Oneoneta, he played in 42 games and batting .300 with 22 RBIs and 21 walks. In that season he didn't make an error in 21 attempts.

After having a great 2006 season at Oneoneta, Skelton was promoted to Double-A West Michigan Whitecaps. James excelled in Double-A and batted .309 in 101 games, with 52 RBIs and 18 stolen bases which is unheard of from a catcher. He was selected as a member of the Midwest League mid-season and postseason All-Star teams.

So far this season, Skelton is batting .290, with 13 RBIs and eight stolen bases at Single-A Lakeland with a .434 on base %.

Don't be surprised to see James Skelton possibly reaching the Majors in a year or two. With Ivan Rodriguez on the downside of his illustrious career, and no other top catching prospect waiting in the wings, Skelton may have a chance with the Tigers.

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