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 21-28, 2011
AAA – Toledo Mud Hens
Oliver’s only start of the week lasted only two innings due to the impending recall to Detroit.
AA – Erie SeaWolves
Jacob Turner is really boring to have on this list. All he does is turn in brilliant performances. No drama.
Don’t look now, but Casey Crosby has been turning in some fine outings. The ERA has come down below 3.50, and the walks aren’t as out of control as they were early on in the year.
It’s very encouraging to see that the strikeouts have started to come for Chance Ruffin. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him make an appearance in Detroit this season.
The most discouraging thing about Bryan Holaday’s batting line in AA this season is the lack of walks (only one all year). He had a nice OBP in Lakeland last season.
Francisco Martinez makes his debut on our list, replacing Charlie Furbush. As JAYRC noted, his bat is starting to heat up after a slow start to the season.
A+ – Lakeland Flying Tigers
Drew Smyly was activated from the disabled list this week, and made his start on Saturday. Those numbers will be included next week.
It’s been an up and down year at the plate for Daniel Fields. I’d like to see more consistency in his numbers, but I’m seeing enough that I’m not concerned about his development.
A – West Michigan Whitecaps
Nick Castellanos’ ridiculous May continues. His OPS is nearly 500 points higher this month than it was in April.
It wasn’t a particularly good week for Brantly at the plate, but he’s been having a tremendous season so far for West Michigan.