Saturday, May 20, 2006

Detroit Tiger Prospect Report - 5/20/2006

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 talk about some marginal prospects who happen to be having good seasons. Here is this week’s report team by team:

Toledo Mudhens (AAA)
Record: 20-21

Wil Ledezma is back pitching again after spending time on the disabled list with a strained muscle in his right side. In two starts this week, he pitched 13 innings and allowed 6 runs on 13 hits and 7 walks. He now has an ERA of 3.06 with a 47/15 K/BB ratio in 47 innings. Zach Miner left his last start after spraining his ankle but is not expected to miss too much time. He has a 2.18 ERA in 45 1/3 innings pitched. Chris Spurling has pitched well since his demotion to Toledo – a 1.17 ERA and 10/2 K/BB ratio in 15 1/3 innings…..A few somewhat older hitters are trying to attract some attention this season: Ryan Ludwick is batting .303/.384/.535 but has struck out 51 times in 155 at bats. Josh Phelps is now batting .296/.377/.489. Jack Hannahan was not even invited to spring training by the Tigers but it’s hard to ignore his .401 OBP. He’s also a good defensive 3B and has been playing 1B/2B as well. Ryan Raburn has also lost his prospect status but has been red hot the last two weeks batting .440 with 4 home runs in 50 at bats. For the season, he is hitting .286/.373/.521

Erie Seawolves (AA)
Record: 17-22

Humberto Sanchez bounced back from his worst outing of the season to pitch 6 shutout innings in his only start of the week. He now has a very impressive 2.20 ERA and leads the league with 59 strikeouts in 49 innings. Nate Bumstead has a 3.33 ERA and 40 strikeouts in 46 innings. Brian Rogers is having a good season as a workhorse reliever- 1.63 ERA and 33/3 K/BB ratio over 27 2/3 innings. Eulogio De La Cruz got off to an awful start but he now seems to be coming around. He has allowed no runs and only 7 base runners in his last 11 innings spanning 7 appearances. Former Major Leaguer Bobby Jones has a 1.56 ERA and 20 strikeouts in 17 1/3 innings…..Erie is getting no offense at all. Brent Clevlen (.233/.326/.333) and Tony Giarratano (.235/.287/.352), both regarded by many as top prospects, are having disappointing seasons to this point. Kody Kirkland is hitting for power (10 home runs) but is batting .225 with a 6/60 BB/K ratio.

Lakeland Tigers (A+)
Record: 23-18

Jair Jurrjens was removed from a start last week with a shoulder problem but he now seems to be OK. He has 2.15 ERA and a 37/6 k/BB ratio in 46 IP. Kevin Whelan is having some trouble with his control and has a 17/10 K/BB ratio in 13 2/3 innings. Andrew Kown who joined Lakeland after 16 scoreless innings in Western Michigan has a 1.80 ERA in 3 starts for Lakeland. Kevin Ardoin has allowed just 3 earned runs in his last 4 starts lowering his season ERA to 2.33. He has a 28/3 K/BB ratio over 54 innings…..Jeff Larish had a good week going 7 for 20 and raising his season numbers to .270/.394/.486. He is 3rd in the league in walks (26) and extra base hits (20). Chris Robinson is batting .390 over his last 12 games and is hitting .277/.362/.357 for the season. Clete Thomas is now hitting .274/.343/.433. He has struck out 55 times in 164 at bats. Jeff Frazier has been slumping (.196 in his last 12 games) and has dropped to .255/.298/.430. Wilken Ramirez continues to struggle and is hitting .237/.267/.360.

Western Michigan Whitecaps (A)
Record: 24-15

Sizzling Ramon Garcia is 3rd in the league with a 1.24 ERA and has a 45/7 K/BB ratio in 51 innings. Sendy Vazquez cooled off this week allowing 6 earned runs on 12 hits in 10 innings. He now has a 2.57 ERA and 40/15 K/BB ratio in 42 innings. Reliever Orlando Perdomo has a 1.42 ERA and 23/4 K/BB ratio in 19 innings. Another reliever Anthony Claggett has a 0.47 Era in 19 innings…..Cameron Maybin has not played since May 6 because his right index finger keeps locking up on him. Tests revealed no ligament or structural damage and it apparently will not require surgery. However, he is wearing a splint and will miss at least three more weeks. He is hitting .330/.409/.510 and is 4th in the Midwest league in OPS (.919). Matt Joyce went 13 for 30 with 3 home runs this week to raise his season numbers to .292/.381/.508. Catcher Dusty Ryan is batting .300/.404/.388 in 24 games.

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