Detroit Tigers Weekly Minor League Recap: Putting in Workman

Third baseman Gage Workman.
Third baseman Gage Workman. /
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It was a great week for Detroit Tigers minor-league affiliates, as all four full-season squads had a winning record. Even the Tigers got in on the act, going 4-2 and completing their 8th no-hitter in franchise history.

The story last week seemed to be offense, with the teams collectively averaging 6.7 runs per game. If you want a little more information, then be sure to check out our daily updates from last week: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday. Otherwise check below for all you need to know about the week of Detroit Tigers minor-league baseball.

Detroit Tigers Minor League Recap – Week 3

Toledo Mud Hens, 7-10, 5th (4.0 GB) in Triple-A East, Midwest Division

The Mud Hens had a solid 4-2 week against Columbus, shaking off an ugly 6-1 loss on Tuesday to dominate for most of the rest of the week. Renato Núñez homered early in game one, but the Clippers silenced the rest of the lineup and beat up on Ian Krol (1.2IP, 4H, 4ER, BB) to pull out an easy victory. The Hens bounced back well, winning 8-2 on Wednesday behind  a huge game from Yariel Gonzalez (2-for-5, 2B, HR, 5 RBI), and then taking Thursday’s tilt 9-5 thanks to five RBIs from Aderlin Rodríguez.

Toledo made it three in a row in a much tighter affair on Friday night, taking a 2-1 lead in the 7th on another Gonzalez homer, and then winning 3-2 in the 9th on a Brady Policelli blooper. Columbus got to the Mud Hens’ bullpen on Saturday in a 5-3 victory, and it looked as though they’d earn a series split on Sunday when they took a 5-1 lead to the bottom of the 7th. But Toledo went bonkers in the bottom of the inning, scoring nine times thanks to a pair of walks, a hit batter, and two home runs, including a grand slam from Rodríguez. Isaac Paredes added a 2-run shot in the 8th to cap off a 12-5 Hens victory.

  • Gonzalez has an interesting story. He was undrafted out of college, but he signed on with the Cardinals and he’s been a very productive minor-league hitter, with a career .291 batting average. He currently leads all Detroit Tigers minor leaguers with 6 homers and 19 RBIs.
  • Victor Reyes (9-for-20, 2B, 5BB) was the hottest hitter on the team last week, but Derek Hill wasn’t too far behind. Hill went 7-for-17 with a double, a triple, and two steals.
  • Toledo’s rotation was excellent last week. Starters Rony Garcia, Drew Hutchison, Matt Manning, Wily Peralta, and Logan Shore combined for a 2.01 ERA over 31.1 innings, with 34 strikeouts and 8 walks.