Joey Havrilak is showing improvement in his second season in the Detroit Tigers' farm system following a tough professional debut in 2015.
The center fielder and former Trinity High School standout is hitting .275 with two home runs, 12 RBIs and three stolen bases in 19 games for short season Connecticut in the New York-Penn League. Additionally, the 24-year-old has a .375 on-base percentage, a .449 slugging percentage, two doubles, two triples, 10 walks and 11 strikeouts.
The Tigers selected Havrilak in the 18th round of last year's amateur draft from the University of Akron. He hit a combined .202 with four homers, 19 RBIs and three steals in 57 games with Connecticut and Detroit's rookie-level club in the Gulf Coast League.
Havrilak attributes his improvement to being moved into the third spot of the batting order, where he usually hit in college. He primarily hit in the bottom of third of Connecticut's batting order last season.