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 most often.
Toledo Mud Hens — AAA
Andy Oliver struggled with walks again this week, but he made up for it with a strong strikeout performance. His AAA numbers are certainly impressive enough.
Erie SeaWolves — AA
Jacob Turner‘s ERA jumped above 3.00 after his last start, but six strong innings this week brought him back down into the 2’s. The three walks this week is uncharacteristically high (for him), but the base on balls didn’t hurt him here.
Casey Crosby allowed just his third home run of the season this week. He hasn’t run into too much trouble considering how many walks he’s issued; his ability to limit the home run ball has been a big contributing factor to that.
Chance Ruffin‘s numbers continue to impress me week after week. He seems to have really figured out how to strike out AA hitters. He’s issuing a few more walks than you’d like to see, but the overall numbers are very strong.
It’s been the same for several weeks now with Francisco Martinez. All he’s been doing is hitting the ball. Often.
Unfortunately, things are also becoming a pattern for Bryan Holaday. He’s not hitting the ball well at all. His AA performance this season is concerning to me.
Lakeland Flying Tigers — A+
Drew Smyly was named the Florida State League pitcher of the week after last week’s performance, but his hot streak didn’t stretch into this week.
Finally a really good week from Daniel Fields! He hit for average, he hit for power, and he got on base. All the things we hoped he’d do this season. One week is nice, but can he keep it up?
West Michigan Whitecaps — A
Nick Castellanos had a really good May (.825 OPS) after struggling in April (.431 OPS), but he’s kicked things up another notch so far in June. He had another great week to bring his monthly OPS to .937.
Rob Brantly didn’t put up the power numbers that we’ve become accustomed to seeing this week, but he still maintained a good batting average and a great on-base percentage.