3. OF Tyler Collins

Team

AVG

HR

RBI

BB

OBP

Erie

.269

8

25

15

.359


ANALYSIS: Tyler Collins' numbers continue to improve as the season rolls along, while his plate discipline and pitch recognition is improving on a game-to-game basis. Since Collins is continuing to tighten his strike zone, look for a potential move to Toledo in the near future if production continues.

4. OF Avisail Garcia

Team

AVG

HR

RBI

BB

OBP

Toledo

.432

1

4

1

.447


ANALYSIS: Avisail Garcia has come back from injury in a nearly-flawless manner which has to be encouraging to Detroit fans. He's striking out a bit more than would be desired in Toledo but he's hitting the ball nicely in his limited amount of time with the Mud Hens.

5. 1B Jordan Lennerton

Team

AVG

HR

RBI

BB

OBP

Toledo

.294

4

16

24

.401


ANALYSIS: Jordan Lennerton's batting average has slipped a bit but his on base percentage has gone up, mostly due to the seven walks he drew over the past week. He's been on base in each of his last 10 games while drawing at least one walk in seven of his last 10.

6. LHP Kyle Lobstein

Team

W/L

ERA

SO

BB

WHIP

Erie

5-2

3.16

47

16

1.27


ANALYSIS: After starting the season at 1-2 Kyle Lobstein has won his last four starts. The Tigers took a bit of a gamble on him by acquiring the lefty in the Rule 5 draft but so far it looks as though the gamble may pay off. While his build wouldn't suggest it, Lobstein is a very durable pitcher and could someday become a back end starter if his location improves.

7.1B Aaron Westlake

Team

AVG

HR

RBI

BB

OBP

Lakeland

.284

2

23

7

.318


ANALYSIS: Aaron Westlake has heated up as the season has progressed, giving him the nod over Jeff McVaney for this spot. While Westlake's calling card is his power and he hasn't shown much of that so far, he is driving in runs and is starting to hit the ball pretty well. His plate discipline has been sub-par this season, so if the lefty wants to move up to Erie that will probably need to improve.

8. OF Jamie Johnson

Team

AVG

HR

RBI

BB

OBP

Erie

.296

0

6

20

.415


ANALYSIS: Jamie Johnson's numbers have fluctuated this season and have gone down a bit in the last week. He's still getting on base at an above average rate but has struggled with plate discipline recently, with four of his 15 strikeouts this season coming in the last four games.

9. SS Eugenio Suarez

Team

AVG

HR

RBI

BB

OBP

Erie

.263

1

5

4

.349


ANALYSIS: Eugenio Suarez continues to struggle with his plate discipline, warranting a move in his rank this week. So far this season Suarez has struck out about twice as often as he's drawn a walk, a stat the organization would definitely want to see change. Until he begins to put up numbers in Erie similar to what he had in Lakeland, look for Suarez to remain with the SeaWolves for some time.

10.C Ramon Cabrera

Team

AVG

HR

RBI

BB

OBP

Toledo

.200

1

3

5

.300


ANALYSIS: Ramon Cabrera's numbers dipped a bit in his transition to Toledo, although he hit his first home run of the season on Sunday against Indianapolis. Without allowing Cabrera to rest on his laurels from Erie, he's still on this list because of the potential for success he could have after he's adjusted to Triple-A.

Honorable Mention:

Bruce Rondon, Victor Larez

Dropped Out:

Jeff McVaney, Hudson Randall, Hernan Perez

Which Tigers minor leaguers are doing the best? The TigsTown Power Rankings let you know which players are performing well in the farm system. A pitcher moved to the top spot and one recently promoted player fell eight spots this week.
TigsTown Power Rankings (5/13)
Which Tigers minor leaguers are doing the best?
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Jose Alvarez fanned 11 in his start last week.
Jose Alvarez fanned 11 in his start last week.
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May 13, 2013

TigsTown Power Rankings (5/13)

Jose Alvarez fanned 11 in his start last week.

Which Tigers minor leaguers are doing the best? The TigsTown Power Rankings let you know which players are performing well in the farm system. A pitcher moved to the top spot and one recently promoted player fell eight spots this week.

In this week's edition of the TigsTown Power Rankings a couple of recently-promoted players slipped down the rankings a little bit, with one dropping out of the top 10 all together. One Lakeland player took a spot in the top 10 over another while a pitcher took the top spot this week.

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1. LHP Jose Alvarez

Team

W/L

ERA

SO

BB

WHIP

Toledo

2-2

1.50

41

9

0.95


ANALYSIS: Jose Alvarez had one start for Toledo this week but it was enough to put him at the top of this list. The lefty went seven innings and struck out 11 Rochester batters while giving up two earned runs. The runs could've been more costly but the Mud Hens put up 12 runs on Rochester pitching. Alvarez is in the top five in the International League with most of the major pitching stats and has one of the best strikeout-to-walk ratios in all of Triple-A. If he continues to pitch this well Alvarez could get the call-up to come out of the bullpen if a reliever gets injured in Detroit.

2. 2B Devon Travis

Team

AVG

HR

RBI

BB

OBP

West Michigan

.352

5

22

15

.431


ANALYSIS: While his numbers have dipped slightly over the last week, Devon Travis has still been the best hitter in the West Michigan lineup by a large margin. It could only be a matter of time before Travis moves up to Lakeland this season, but he'll probably stay put after that for the rest of the season.

3. OF Tyler Collins

Team

AVG

HR

RBI

BB

OBP

Erie

.269

8

25

15

.359


ANALYSIS: Tyler Collins' numbers continue to improve as the season rolls along, while his plate discipline and pitch recognition is improving on a game-to-game basis. Since Collins is continuing to tighten his strike zone, look for a potential move to Toledo in the near future if production continues.

4. OF Avisail Garcia

Team

AVG

HR

RBI

BB

OBP

Toledo

.432

1

4

1

.447


ANALYSIS: Avisail Garcia has come back from injury in a nearly-flawless manner which has to be encouraging to Detroit fans. He's striking out a bit more than would be desired in Toledo but he's hitting the ball nicely in his limited amount of time with the Mud Hens.

5. 1B Jordan Lennerton

Team

AVG

HR

RBI

BB

OBP

Toledo

.294

4

16

24

.401


ANALYSIS: Jordan Lennerton's batting average has slipped a bit but his on base percentage has gone up, mostly due to the seven walks he drew over the past week. He's been on base in each of his last 10 games while drawing at least one walk in seven of his last 10.