As the season goes along, I'll be doing periodic updates on many of the Tiger prospects throughout the minor leagues. I'm not going to list them in any particular order. I'm just going to list some of the most interesting prospects at each level. I won't mention every prospect on every report, just ones that seem noteworthy at the time I'm writing it. I may occasionally even mention some marginal prospects who happen to be having good seasons. Here is this weeks report team by team:
Toledo Mudhens (AAA)
Wil Ledezma, had a 12 strikeout game this week and now has a 2.43 ERA and a 38/6 K/BB ratio in 29 2/3 innings......Matt Mantei pitched his first game last night and struck out 3 in 1 1/3 perfect innings. If he pitches well, in his next few appearances, he could be called up quickly…..Zach Miner, obtained in the Kyle Farnsworth deal with the Braves has a 1.33 ERA in 27 innings pitched…..There is not much offense at
Brent Clevlen is still struggling a bit hitting .256/.347/.360. The one positive is his 11 walks in 21 games.....Kody Kirkland is starting to show some power but is not getting on base much: .233/.283/.500…..Tony Giarratano is having an awful start batting.265 with no power and 21 strikeouts…..Hard throwing Humberto Sanchez is off to a nice start - 1.96 ERA and 28/7 K/BB ratio in 23 innings.....Brian Rogers has an 0.50 ERA, no walks and 22 K in 18 innings
Lakeland Tigers (A+)
Jeff Larish is not hitting for average but is walking a lot and showing some power: .250/.383/.447.....Jeff Frazier is batting .284/.330/.455. He needs to improve on his 6/18 BB/K ratio.....Clete Thomas is slumping is is now batting .233/.313/.360 with 27 strikeouts.....Wilken Ramirez is having a really slow start -.253 with little power and 26 strikeouts....Jair Jurrjens has a 2.25 ERA and a 21/1 k/BB ratio in 24 IP....Kevin Whelan has been a bit more human lately but has 11 K and a 3.52 ERA in 7 2/3 IP.
Western Michigan Whitecaps (A)
The most impressive Tiger minor leaguer so far has been Cameron Maybin who is batting .303/.386/.513 and racking up outfield assists. He does need to cut down on his strikeouts though. He has struckout 24 times so far.....Michael Hollimon is hitting .286/.409/.429.....Catcher Dusty Ryan, who impressed me at Oneonta a couple years ago seems to be back on track batting .333/.444/.444 in 13 games…..Sendy Vazquez has an 0.41 ERA in 22 innings .....Reliever Orlando Perdomo has a 1.69 ERA and 13/3 K/BB ratio in 10 2/3 innings.