MCB Prospect Recap: Martinez, Fields, Brantly Get it Done at the Plate


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.

Andy Oliver was in Detroit this week, so there’s obviously no minor league stats for him. He’ll return to the list next week after he returns to Toledo.

It was a “bad week” for Jacob Turner, with 6 earned runs allowed in 14.1 innings. It’s not really a bad line (it’s a 3.77 ERA), but I’ve gotten used to him putting up a sub-3.00 ERA every week.

Casey Crosby has been gaining attention with good a good ERA and lots of strikeouts in Erie. The walks are definitely an issue still, but everything else looks beautiful. He’ll be able to get away with the high walk total so long as he continues to keep the ball in the ballpark.

It’s really encouraging to see the strikeout numbers continue to climb for Chance Ruffin. He’s punched out 20 hitters in his last seven outings (10.2 innings).

Welcome back Drew Smyly! He had two pretty strong outings this week in his return from the disabled list.

Bryan Holaday‘s struggles at the plate in AA continue. The good news? He tripled his season walk total with two this week (that makes three on the year).

Francisco Martinez has been raking ever since April ended. He had another good week at the plate with three extra base hits.

Daniel Fields hasn’t taken the step forward that I thought he would this year, but he did have a bounce back week this week. None of the hits were for extra bases, but he had a good average, and an even better OBP.

Nick Castellanos had been killing the ball for about a month, but things didn’t go his way this week. It happens.

Rob Brantly was named as a Midwest League All-Star this week. I was surprised to see him back in West Michigan this year (I thought he’d go to Lakeland), but I haven’t been surprised to see him hit well.

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