- Full name Chris Wakeland
- Born 06/15/1975 in Huntington Beach, CA
- Profile Ht.: 6'0" / Wt.: 185 / Bats: L / Throws: L
- Debut 09/04/2001
Organization Prospect Rankings
Being a lefthanded hitter in an organization that needs help from the left side of the plate gives Wakeland a chance to make it to the major leagues, perhaps as soon as this year. He has a smooth stroke with power. He drives the ball up the gaps with authority, particularly to left-center field, where there's lots of room at Comerica Park. But he is an older prospect who hasn't been as consistently productive as Tigers officials have desired. He's also suspect defensively, not so much because he doesn't have adequate ability but because his mind tends to wander. The lack of concentration sometimes hinders him on the bases as well. Wakeland will get a look in big league camp but figures to begin the season back in Triple-A. He must hit to contribute.