February 25, 2013; Clearwater, FL, USA; Detroit Tigers right fielder Tyler Collins (72) hits a RBI triple in the sixth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Bright House Networks Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Detroit Tigers Minor League Recap 5/2/13: Tyler Collins Homers Yet Again


AAA: Toledo 4, Charlotte 2

Bryan Holaday was 3-3 on the day. He’s hitting a none-too-shabby .265/.324/.426 on the year.

Avisail Garcia was 2-4 (with two strikeouts) in his AAA season debut.

Casey Crosby struck out seven in five innings of work while allowing only two runs. He appeard to struggle with his command, however, as he also walked five batters.

AA: Erie 9, Binghamton 1

Tyler Collins homered twice in Erie’s 9-1 win, marking the third day in a row in which he’s taken an opposing pitcher deep. Collins’ slow start is officially a distant memory; his slash line is now up to .260/.326/.532. His OPS is 1.107 in his last ten games.

Jamie Johnson and Danield Fields each also had two hits, and Hernan Perez added a triple.

Kyle Lobstein got the win going seven innings while allowing just one unearned run to score. He struck out six and walked two.

A-Advanced: Daytona 6, Lakeland 2

Jeff McVaney went 3-4 with a triple to continue his season-long tear; he’s now batting .327/.368/.533 on the year.

Tyler Hanover, Chad Wright, Mike Hernandez, and Pat Leyland(!) each also had two hits. Leyland has hits in all four games he’s played this year, and an .801 OPS to show for it. My personal infatuation with Pat Leyland is indeed inexplicable.

Drew VerHagen was the starter for the Flying Tigers. He pitched five innings with five strikeouts, one walk, and no home runs allowed, but still managed to allow six runs (five earned) to score. BABIP is a sunofagun. Nick Avila pitched four scoreless innings in relief with one strikeout.

A: West Michigan 4, Cedar Rapids 3 (10)

Jeff Holm was barreling the ball all day, recording three hits and a sacrifice fly in five trips to the plate. He’s hitting .393/.452/.525.

Danry Vasquez drove in the winning run with an RBI single in the bottom of the tenth inning. He was 1-3 plus two walks on the evening.

Devon Travis had a hit and two walks, and Austin Schotts was 1-4 with a single.

Jordan John struck out six and walked two in 5.1 innings of work. He gave up a Byron Buxton home run.

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  • John Verburg

    A couple minor league notes. Hudson Randall got promoted to Lakeland, as well as Eugenio Suarez getting promoted to Erie.

    Charles Gillies will take Randall’s place in West Michigan. Gillies has better pure stuff than Randall, but Randall is the better pitcher right now, and has a more full repertoire.

  • jumpsuitjohnny

    McVaney and Hernan Perez continue to impress, I could see those two quickly moving up the prospect chart. When is Perez’s EA? Would it be at all rational to think he could be ready for the possible departure of Infante to free agency next year?

    • http://tomaroonandgold.blogspot.com Matt Snyder

      Perez would need to have a monster year to jump into that consideration. His numbers so far are boosted by a .355 BABIP so he’ll likely regress unless he can find some more power (unlikely) or walk more. I think the general feeling on Hernan is that he won’t hit enough in the big leagues to be an effective everyday regular.

      • jumpsuitjohnny

        I think my hope for a promising middle infield prospect in the high minors for the Tigers is making me get ahead of myself with Perez. I guess I’ll have to put my hopes in Suarez and hope his development keeps on course