3. OF Tyler Collins

Team

AVG

HR

RBI

BB

OBP

Erie

.256

7

19

9

.337


ANALYSIS: Looking at his season numbers so far would make it relatively easy to keep Tyler Collins out of the top five. However, with the way Collins has played in his last ten games its pretty easy to make a case for the outfielder to be at the top of the list. Collins has seven home runs this season, six of which have come in his last 10 games. He has also driven in 12 runs in his last ten games and has a .415 on base percentage over that stretch. If Collins can keep up a similar effort in May there's a possibility he'll be playing baseball in Toledo by June.

4. LHP Jose Alvarez

Team

W/L

ERA

SO

BB

WHIP

Toledo

1-2

1.29

30

8

0.94


ANALYSIS: While his win-loss record may not blow anyone away, Jose Alvarez has been strong in all of his starts this season. The lefty has given up four runs in his two losses, with his last loss coming in a complete game performance in which he only surrendered one earned run. With a sub-1.30 ERA and a very strong WHIP, Alvarez is having a strong season despite the shortcomings of the offense when he is on the mound.

5. 1B Jordan Lennerton

Team

AVG

HR

RBI

BB

OBP

Toledo

.303

3

13

17

.398


ANALYSIS: Toledo has had a bit of a rough start to the season but Jordan Lennerton has helped the Mud Hens keep their head above water. The first baseman has shown plate discipline that is well above average, as indicated by the 17 drawn walks he has tallied. In turn, his on base percentage is near .400. Lennerton is hitting for average power but that should heat up as the season goes along. Since the hitters in front of him aren't getting on base that often he isn't driving in an overwhelming number of runs but that should improve as the season goes along as well.

6.OF Jeff McVaney

Team

AVG

HR

RBI

BB

OBP

Lakeland

.322

3

15

5

.361


ANALYSIS: Jeff McVaney is a guy who is starting to sneak up the power rankings as he's been strong most of the season for Lakeland. His plate discipline is improving as he's drawn three of his five walks in the last 10 games. In turn, his on base percentage is also steadily improving as the season moves along.

7. OF Jamie Johnson

Team

AVG

HR

RBI

BB

OBP

Erie

.316

0

5

16

.432


ANALYSIS: Jamie Johnson started the season off a little slowly in Erie but has since heated up after moving down in the order. The organization has generally valued Johnson as a top-of-the-order guy and for pretty good reason. His plate discipline is above average and his pitch recognition is more than serviceable. He has the ability to stretch a single into a double, although he hasn't shown much of it this season. Right now he is a contact hitter in Erie, but if he can start finding the gap he could move back into the top of the order sometime this season.

8. SS Eugenio Suarez

Team

AVG

HR

RBI

BB

OBP

Erie

.311

1

12

14

.410


ANALYSIS: Eugenio Suarez is one of the favorite players to watch in the organization. He hasn't shown anything particularly spectacular in a very limited amount of time with Erie, but he had a great start to the season in Lakeland. Suarez needs to improve his pitch recognition as he is striking out too often; however, his plate discipline is above average as he has shown in his ability to draw 12 walks with the Flying Tigers. Expect Suarez to stay put in Erie for the remainder of the season, although a great showing with the SeaWolves could get him a few appearances in Toledo.

9. RHP Hudson Randall

Team

W/L

ERA

SO

BB

WHIP

Lakeland

2-2

1.35

10

4

1.05


ANALYSIS: Hudson Randall had a solid start to his season despite starting with an 0-2 record. In Randall's first game against Dayton, he gave up no earned runs and still earned the loss as three unearned runs crossed the plate while he held the mound. He has won two of his last three decisions, though, and has been summoned to Lakeland to test out his ability in the Florida State League. Randall doesn't have much of a strikeout pitch but makes up for it by getting batters to hit weak grounders and fly balls.

10. 2B Hernan Perez

Team

AVG

HR

RBI

BB

OBP

Erie

.319

1

16

4

.333


ANALYSIS: Hernan Perez is just one of a handful of middle infield prospects who could crack the big leagues with Detroit in the near future. He has 11 stolen bases on the season, a team best by a significant margin. Plate discipline should be a bit of a concern with Perez as he struggles to draw walks. That being said, as that aspect of his game develops he will be a strong second baseman within the organization.

Honorable Mention:

Victor Larez, Kyle Lobstein

Which Tigers minor leaguers are doing the best? The TigsTown Power Rankings let you know which players are performing well in the farm system. Devon Travis leads this season's first list with Ramon Cabrera moving closer to the top.
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Devon Travis has been hitting well in WM.
Devon Travis has been hitting well in WM.
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Devon Travis has been hitting well in WM.

Which Tigers minor leaguers are doing the best? The TigsTown Power Rankings let you know which players are performing well in the farm system. Devon Travis leads this season's first list with Ramon Cabrera moving closer to the top.

In the first edition of the TigsTown Power Rankings this season, establishing who has been consistently doing well is important.

And a reminder, these rankings are not related to overall prospect rankings in any way and only recognize one thing: who is playing well.

The name getting a lot of buzz right now is West Michigan's Devon Travis and for good reason. Travis has been one of the most impressive hitters in the Midwest League so far this season which is why he sits atop of the list.

1. 2B Devon Travis

Team

AVG

HR

RBI

BB

OBP

West Michigan

.365

5

22

12

.434


ANALYSIS: Devon Travis has proven to be the strongest piece in West Michigan's offense so far this season. He's had three multi-hit games in a row and is in the midst of a great hitting streak. He is hitting for above-average power and has shown a little speed on the base pads as well.

2.C Ramon Cabrera

Team

AVG

HR

RBI

BB

OBP

Toledo

.351

0

20

12

.421


ANALYSIS: Ramon Cabrera's success in Erie has caught the attention of many Detroit Tigers' fans and scouts alike, making his move up to Toledo not much of a surprise. While Cabrera hits for below average power his contact is very solid, as is his plate discipline. If he is successful in Toledo, Cabrera could make a case to get a few at-bats in Detroit this season.

3. OF Tyler Collins

Team

AVG

HR

RBI

BB

OBP

Erie

.256

7

19

9

.337


ANALYSIS: Looking at his season numbers so far would make it relatively easy to keep Tyler Collins out of the top five. However, with the way Collins has played in his last ten games its pretty easy to make a case for the outfielder to be at the top of the list. Collins has seven home runs this season, six of which have come in his last 10 games. He has also driven in 12 runs in his last ten games and has a .415 on base percentage over that stretch. If Collins can keep up a similar effort in May there's a possibility he'll be playing baseball in Toledo by June.

4. LHP Jose Alvarez

Team

W/L

ERA

SO

BB

WHIP

Toledo

1-2

1.29

30

8

0.94


ANALYSIS: While his win-loss record may not blow anyone away, Jose Alvarez has been strong in all of his starts this season. The lefty has given up four runs in his two losses, with his last loss coming in a complete game performance in which he only surrendered one earned run. With a sub-1.30 ERA and a very strong WHIP, Alvarez is having a strong season despite the shortcomings of the offense when he is on the mound.

5. 1B Jordan Lennerton

Team

AVG

HR

RBI

BB

OBP

Toledo

.303

3

13

17

.398


ANALYSIS: Toledo has had a bit of a rough start to the season but Jordan Lennerton has helped the Mud Hens keep their head above water. The first baseman has shown plate discipline that is well above average, as indicated by the 17 drawn walks he has tallied. In turn, his on base percentage is near .400. Lennerton is hitting for average power but that should heat up as the season goes along. Since the hitters in front of him aren't getting on base that often he isn't driving in an overwhelming number of runs but that should improve as the season goes along as well.