Who doesn't like a good power rankings list? They're always a good piece of debate and many positive discussions can come out of them. With the TigsTown Power Rankings, we'll hope to stimulate some discussion among avid followers, while also bringing some more context to the casual fans.
To be clear: This will not be a list of the top prospects in the organization. (We already do that). This will be a list of the top performers in their respective leagues. Playing in a lower level will not impact the power rankings. Only players currently in the minors will be eligible. We will post these every week.
Without further ado, here are the first TigsTown Power Rankings:
1. Brad Eldred (DH, Toledo)
Season stats: .314 AVG, 17 HR, 49 RBI, .779 SLG, 1.161 OPS
Although he hasn't been as good since his return from Detroit, that would have been hard to do. He started off on a record pace and his season stats remain incredible. He may be considered a 4-A player, but he has put fear in every pitcher he's faced this year. His 17 home runs are four more than the next closest in the International League.
2. Nick Castellanos (3B, Lakeland)
Season stats: .394 AVG, 2 HR, 26 RBI, .538 SLG, .994 OPS
While some Tigers fans want Castellanos to get to Detroit as soon as possible, the organization is going to take it slow with him. That means he's going to continue to put up great numbers while he waits. Expect him to make it up to Erie at some point this season, but until then, he's going to frustrate a lot of pitchers in the Florida State League.
3. Michael Torrealba (RP, West Michigan)
Season stats: 3-1, 1.93 ERA, 0.73 WHIP
After a solid 2011 season in West Michigan, Torrealba is performing even better in 2012. The righty was named Tigers Minor League Pitcher of the Month for April. In 23 1/3 innings, Torrealba has given up seven hits and five earned runs.
4. Ryan Robowski (RP, Toledo)
Season stats: 0-0, 0.43 ERA, 0.86 WHIP
The above stats come from Robowski's time in Erie, but the lefty was called up to Toledo on Sunday. In 21 innings, Robowski has given up 11 hits and only three runs (one earned).
5. Justin Henry (OF, Toledo)
Season stats: .345 AVG, 0 HR, 10 RBI, .416 SLG, .856 OPS, 8 SB
While Henry's greatest asset might be his versatility (he has played five positions this season), his bat has been hot. He leads Toledo with a .345 average.
6. Rob Brantly (C, Erie)
Season stats: .324 AVG, 3 HR, 22 RBI, .372 SLG, .861 OPS
Although the Tigers organization is full of quality young catchers, Brantly has stood out in the early part of the 2012 season. He leads Erie with a .324 average.
7. Jacob Turner (SP, Toledo)
Season stats: 1-2, 2.73 ERA, 1.15 WHIP
The top-rated prospect in the Tigers organization, Turner has improved after missing the first part of the season with tendonitis. In four starts in Lakeland, Turner gave up 17 hits and four earned runs in 21 2/3 innings. In his most recent start with Toledo, Turner threw five scoreless innings before a rough four-run sixth.
8. Tyler Clark (RP, Lakeland)
Season stats: 2-0, 0.95 ERA, 0.89 WHIP
In his first season in Lakeland, the righty Clark has given up just nine hits and two runs over 19 innings. He has not given up a run in six appearances this month.
9. Jordan Lennerton (1B, Erie)
Season stats: .286 AVG, 9 HR, 27 RBI, .531 SLG, .880 OPS
Lennerton's power has been his best asset. His nine home runs are three more than anyone else on the SeaWolves.
10. Dean Green (1B, West Michigan)
Season stats: .288 AVG, 8 HR, 25 RBI, .503 SLG, .861 OPS
Green has come up with plenty of big hits for West Michigan this season. His .288 average is third on the team, and his eight home runs are five more than anyone else.