Detroit Tigers Minor League Recap – Week 4
Lakeland Flying Tigers, 12-12, 3rd (5.0 GB) in Low-A Southeast, West Division
Lakeland played host to the Fort Myers Mighty Mussels last week for what ended up being one blowout and five close affairs. That blowout came on Tuesday, when Fort Myers scored three times off a rehabbing Joey Wentz (1.2IP, 3H, 3ER, 3BB, 2K) on their way to a 13-0 demolition. The Flying Tigers brought their bats on Wednesday though, getting a home run in the first from Kingston Liniak, and eventually a walk-off single from Liniak in the 10th to win 10-9. The offense disappeared again on Thursday, with Lakeland scattering seven hits, but striking out 13 times in a 3-0 loss.
Friday’s action saw the Flygers manage just three hits, but they walked nine times and got some solid pitching in a 3-2 win. They made it two tight games in a row on Saturday in a 2-1 victory thanks to an outstanding start from Carlos Guzman (5.2 IP, 2H, ER, 3BB, 5K) who didn’t allow a hit until the 5th inning. Both of Lakeland’s runs scored on a ground-rule double from Andrew Navigato, who went 3-for-3 on the day. But Fort Myers silenced the Flying Tigers bats again on Sunday, winning 2-0 to spoil an excellent start from Wentz (4IP, H, 5K).
- Former University of Michigan regular Jimmy Kerr was the only Lakeland player to reach double digits in total bases last week. He went 6-for-20 with a double, a homer, and two walks.
- Nick Davila was signed as a non-drafted free agent last July out of the University of South Florida, and he’s probably too advanced for Low-A, but he has been excellent so far. He struck out 10 in five scoreless innings last week, and his 2.01 FIP is the 4th best in the league right now.
- Gage Workman had a pretty quiet week, going 5-for-22 with a double and three walks, but he did manage to steal five more bases. The 2020 4th-round pick is now 10-for-11 on steal attempts this year.