It was moving week on the farm as members of the four full-season Detroit Tigers affiliates started changing locations. For some it meant promotions, but for others it was, sadly, the end of their time in the organization.
But the games march on, and those who remained were party to a mostly underwhelming week, with only one of the affiliates posting a winning record. As always, check in with Rogelio’s daily recaps to get more details: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday.
Otherwise, read below for all you need to know about the week of Detroit Tigers minor-league baseball.
Detroit Tigers Minor League Recap – Week 5
Toledo Mud Hens, 14-15, 4th (7.0 GB) in Triple-A East, Midwest Division
Toledo spent the week in Memphis, but Tuesday’s series opener was spoiled by rain. The club apparently used that extra day of rest well, coming back on Wednesday to blank the Cardinals 7-0 behind excellent pitching from Logan Shore (6.1 IP, 6H, 0R, 4K) and a monster game from Aderlin Rodríguez (3-for-5, 2HR, 3R, 5RBI). Thursday saw the teams play a doubleheader to make up for Tuesday’s missed game, with Memphis overcoming an 8-for-15 performance from the top four Mud Hens hitters to detonate Matt Manning (3.2IP, 9H, 7ER, 5K) and win 10-6 victory. The nightcap was a tighter affair, with Memphis winning 3-2 in the bottom of the 7th on a walk-off homer from Rayder Ascanio.
On Friday the Hens pulled ahead 4-3 in the 7th thanks to a Renato Núñez home run and a bases-clearing double from JaCoby Jones, but the Cardinals tied it in the bottom of the frame and eventually won 6-5 in the 10th on a bases loaded walk from Robbie Ross Jr. The Mud Hens fought back on Saturday, getting a strong start from Drew Hutchison (6IP, 4H, 0ER, 2BB, 7K) and a balanced offensive attack in a 6-1 victory. And then Toledo pulled out a series tie on Sunday, scoring four times in the final three innings to hand Angel De Jesus his first Triple-A win.
- Veteran catcher Juan Centeno had an excellent week at the plate, going 9-for-16 with a double, while outfielder Daz Cameron stayed hot, going 8-for-25 with with two doubles, a triple, and two steals.
- Logan Shore and Drew Hutchison haven’t been dominant this year, but they’ve been solid enough (and Matt Manning has been bad enough) for them to warrant a look when the Tigers need more pitching depth. Among 70 pitchers with at least 20 IP, Hutchison’s 3.26 ERA ranks 18th, while Shore’s 3.22 ERA ranks 17th.
- JaCoby Jones struggled in his first few weeks back in Toledo, and he was designated for assignment Sunday. In a cruel twist of fate, he just finished his best week at the plate, going 6-for-15 with five doubles.