Detroit Tigers Minor League Report Week 9: Red-Hot Mud Hens

Detroit Tigers prospect Gage Workman bats during 2020 instructional league play.
Detroit Tigers prospect Gage Workman bats during 2020 instructional league play. /
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The Detroit Tigers Minor League  Recap for week nine

Across the Detroit Tigers Minor League affiliates in week nine the common theme among them was power as the SeaWolves hit four home runs on the Fourth of July, Bryant Packard for West Michigan has now homered in three straight games and Aderlin Rodriguez had three home runs in the series against Columbus.

Plus, which minor league affiliate was no-hit this week, and which recent draft pick homered twice in one game? Answers to that question and more on the latest Detroit Tigers Minor League Report Weekly recap for week eight.

Triple-A Toledo Mud Hens (30-23) 4GB Triple-A East-Midwest Division

Team stats:  Run differential +47

Team batting average: .263 (ranked 2nd)

Team ERA:  4.36 (ranked 8th)

Call ups to Detroit: Erasmo Ramirez

Sent down to Toledo:  Derek Hill, Miguel Del Pozo

The Mud Hens took five out of six against Columbus, evening the season series at 1. On Tuesday, Toledo started with a 7-3 victory. Jacob Robson, Aderlin Rodriguez, and Isaac Paredes all went deep for Toledo.

Pedro Payano pitched 5.1 innings allowing three runs on seven hits and struck out five. The bullpen did a nice job, pitching 3.2 innings of one-hit ball with seven strikeouts, led by Ramirez, who struck out five in two innings of work.

On Wednesday, Toledo fans were treated to a rare inside the park home run by Christin Stewart.

Yariel Gonzalez drove in two and Mark Leiter Jr pitched five innings, allowing one run on one hit and striking out seven.  On July 1st, the Mud Hens won 4 to 2. Ricardo Pinto pitched seven innings, allowing just three hits and striking out seven.

The weekend started with the Clippers getting their first win and only win of the series, winning 7 to 1. On Saturday, the Mud Hens won 4 to 2 as Niko Goodrum, on a rehab assignment, started as the DH. Rodriguez would hit his 13th home run of the season in the 3rd inning off the newest Indians pickup, Zack Godley.  Ian Krol, who has not allowed a run since May 18th, picked up his fourth save of the season.

The Mud Hens celebrated the 4th right as Rodriguez’s 14th home run broke a 2-2 tie in the second.

Columbus would pull back ahead in the 5th with a pair of runs on a Trenton Brooks double that would drive in Nolan Jones and Gabriel Arias.  Then JaCoby Jones, who saw time at second base during the series, would end the game with some pre-game fireworks of his own.

Toledo on the homestand, finished 9-3. Krol for the month of June, threw 10.1 innings, allowing just seven hits, five walks, and struck out 15 and so far in his two innings of works in July, has allowed just a pair of hits.

Toledo travels to Omaha to take on the first place Stormchasers, who are the KC Royals Triple-A affiliate.