Here at MCB, we’ve thrown together a list of ten Detroit Tigers prospects that we’re going to follow and keep you updated on throughout the year. This isn’t meant to supplant your favorite prospect list, it’s merely meant as a collection of some of the top names that we hear about the most.
Week of May 14-20, 2011
|Andy Oliver – LHP (AAA – Toledo Mud Hens)|
It wasn’t Andy’s best week ever, but the numbers are still very good. If the rumors are correct, he may make his next start in Detroit.
|Charlie Furbush – LHP (AAA – Toledo Mud Hens)|
Furbush just got the call to join the big club today. He will be joining the porous bullpen.
|Jacob Turner – RHP (AA – Erie SeaWolves)|
Jacob Turner just turned 20 today, but he’s already built up a solid resume in AA. His strikeout rate has fallen off a little bit, but he’s still striking out more than 7 batters per 9 innings on the year. He also doesn’t walk anyone. Is next year too early to expect to see Turner in Detroit’s rotation?
|Casey Crosby – LHP (AA – Erie SeaWolves)|
Crosby now has a 2.48 ERA in his last five starts. The walks are really going to hurt him if he doesn’t change something there, but the strikeout numbers and low home run rate is nice to see.
|Chance Ruffin – RHP (AA – Erie SeaWolves)|
Chance had a really rough outing last Saturday, but that’s really been his only troubles lately. He’s striking out nearly three times as many as he walks–that’s nice to see.
|Drew Smyly – LHP (A+ – Lakeland Flying Tigers)|
|Week||Placed on disabled list on April 23, 2011|
Mark Anderson of TigsTown.com tweeted earlier this week that Smyly threw in extended spring training a little bit this week. Sound’s like it’s a ‘wait and see’ approach.
|Bryan Holaday – C (AA – Erie SeaWolves)|
It’s concerning to me that Holaday only has walked once this year. He’s hitting .253 which doesn’t look awful for a defensive catcher, but his .265 OBP is really poor.
|Daniel Fields – OF (A+ – Lakeland Flying Tigers)|
Daniel Fields’ on-base percentage has fallen off a bit, but he’s started to collect more extra base hits recently.
|Nick Castellanos – 3B (A – West Michigan Whitecaps)|
Nick Castellanos has hit safely in eight of the last ten games, with six extra base hits over that stretch. His April line was .179/.222/.209, but in May that’s jumped up to .302/.362/.556. That’s more like it.
|Rob Brantly – C (A – West Michigan Whitecaps)|
We lost Andy Dirks from this list when he got called up at the end of last week, so I’ve added another hitter: West Michigan catcher Rob Brantly. He’s been tearing up the Midwest League at the plate this season. Brantly was drafted by the Tigers in the third round of last year’s draft.
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