Detroit Tigers Minor League Report: Erie and the Riley Greene Five

Riley Greene doesn't turn 21 until Sept. 28. Try not to think about what year that means he was born in.Spring Training
Riley Greene doesn't turn 21 until Sept. 28. Try not to think about what year that means he was born in.Spring Training /

After a night off to celebrate the 6th no-hitter in Detroit Tigers history courtesy of Spencer Turnbull, we are back with the Detroit Tigers Minor League Report as all four teams won last night and the number “five” was Riley Greene’s favorite number.

Detroit Tigers Minor League Report May 19th Edition

Triple-A Toledo Mud Hens (4-9)

Daz Cameron was back in the lineup for Toledo as he went 2-for-5 with an RBI as the Mud Hens won 8 to 2 over Columbus.  Victor Reyes went 2-for-2 with a walk and Yariel Gonzalez, a minor league free agent signed from the St. Louis Cardinals in the off-season and just up from Erie, hit a three-run home run in the 5th off Logan Allen. He finished with 5 RBIs on the day and has hit safely in all four games he has appeared in for the Mud Hens.

Robbie Ross Jr gets the win in relief to improve to 1-2 on the season.

Double-A Erie SeaWolves (10-4)

Riley Greene carried the SeaWolves to victory by driving in all five runs for Erie at the leadoff spot, going 3-for-5 including a walk-off infield single to drive in John Valente.  It was his second five-RBI game of the season and it was the first time in seven games he drove in a run.

Valente by the way has been off to a good start in Erie, batting .308/.357/.896 with a wRC+ of 120 and four doubles on the season.

High-A West Michigan Whitecaps (6-7)

The Whitecaps won their second in a row on the road with a 6-4 victory over the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers. Bryant Packard and Rey Rivera started the scoring in the second with solo shots. For Rivera, it was the second day in a row he had hit a home run. Spencer Torkelson went 2-for-4 with an RBI and Andre Lipcius went 3-for-4 with an RBI and a walk as he continues to lead the team in hitting with a .304 batting average.

Zach Hess did not let a solo home run off him in the 9th affect him as he struck out the side for his first save on the season.

Low-A Lakeland Flying Tigers (7-7)

If you are a Flying Tigers fan and so happen to play the lottery, make sure you use the number “7” as Lakeland wins their second game in a row by the same score, 7-0 over Bradenton to improve to 7-7 on the season in the only game among the affilates that had Statcast data availabe.

The Flying Tigers once again were led by strong pitching as Ted Stuka got his first win of the season by tossing five scoreless innings, allowing just one hit and striking out nine. The 6’7 right-hander, who was drafted in the 14th round in 2019, improved his ERA to 0.87 and was able to generate 17 swings and misses while being around 95 MPH with a four-seam fastball.

22-year-old right-hander Nick Davila, signed in July of 2020 as an undrafted pitcher from South Florida combined with Williander Moreno for four innings of one hit ball and racked up six strikeouts.

Kingston Linak went 2-for-5 with a home run and Nick Quintana also had a multiple hit day, going 2-for-3 with three RBIs. Linak in the series so far against the Marauders is 5-for-11 with two extra base hits.