After a week off where yours truly got married, the Power Rankings are back. The top six hasn't changed, but there was shakeup among the bottom four, as trades and injuries are lowering the bar to make the list. With the VSL Tigers' season ending last week, this week's rankings will be the final including players from that team.
A reminder: These rankings come in a vacuum. A player's upside or position in the farm system has no effect. We already do a list of top prospects. This list is for which minor leaguers are performing the best, period. Only players currently in the minors are eligible.
Here are the new TigsTown Power Rankings:
1. Nick Castellanos (3B, Erie)
Season stats (Lakeland): .405 AVG, 3 HR, 32 RBI, .553 SLG, 1.014 OPS
Season stats (Erie): .300 AVG, 6 HR, 19 RBI, .441 SLG, .755 OPS
Castellanos went 10-for-34 with a double over the past week, including a 4-for-5 game on July 29.
2. Bruce Rondon (RP, Erie)
Season stats (Lakeland): 1-0, 1.93 ERA, 0.94 WHIP, 15 saves
Season stats (Erie): 0-1, 0.83 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, 12 saves
Rondon's scoreless streak finally ended on July 25 while the Rankings were away, but his numbers still are great. In the last week, he gave up another earned run over five innings in four appearances, recording two saves.
3. Eugenio Suarez (SS, West Michigan)
Season stats: .304 AVG, 6 HR, 54 RBI, 16 SB, .441 SLG, .841 OPS
Suarez went 7-for-27 with a home run over the past week, but finished on a five-game hitting streak.
4. Niuman Romero (2B, Erie)
Season stats: .308 AVG, 6 HR, 59 RBI, 14 SB, .425 SLG, .796 OPS
Romero went 7-for-25 with two doubles and a stolen base in the last week.
5. Tyler Clark (RP, Lakeland)
Season stats: 6-1, 0.63 ERA, 0.84 WHIP, 9 saves
Clark pitched twice over the past week, allowing one hit in two scoreless innings.
6. Jose Zambrano (SS, VSL Tigers)
Season stats: .342 AVG, 1 HR, 34 RBI, .409 SLG, .814 OPS
Zambrano finished fifth in the VSL and tops on the Tigers with his .342 average. He went 6-for-15 in the last week.
7. Avisail Garcia (OF, Erie)
Season stats (Lakeland): .289 AVG, 8 HR, 36 RBI, 14 SB, .447 SLG, .771 OPS
Season stats (Erie): .306 AVG, 3 HR, 10 RBI, 7 SB, .452 SLG, .800 OPS
Garcia went 10-for-27 with two doubles and three stolen bases in the past week.
8. Tyler Collins (OF, Lakeland)
Season stats: .299 AVG, 5 HR, 59 RBI, 17 SB, .447 SLG, .823 OPS
Collins went 10-for-26 with two stolen bases and 7 RBIs in the final four games of the week.
9. Marcus Lemon (2B, Lakeland)
Season stats: .319 AVG, 2 HR, 19 RBI, .451 SLG, .816 OPS
Making his debut on the list, Lemon went 9-for-17 with a double and two triples in the last week. He is on an eight-game winning streak.
10. Adam Wilk (SP, Toledo)
Season stats: 4-11, 2.95 ERA, 1.02 WHIP
The first starter to make the list in quite some time. Despite the record, Wilk has been solid in July. He started once in the past week, giving up two earned runs over seven innings, but getting hit with the loss.