After a week of some spirited debate, the second edition of the TigsTown Power Rankings are here. I appreciated the responses after the first list, and took your comments into consideration for this week.
The first edition of the rankings was meant to judge based on the season up to that point. From now on, recent work will be a big factor. Nick Castellanos had another big week, while Jacob Turner continued to struggle late. Avisail Garcia had a chance to move in before his injury. One terrible outing in Ryan Robowski's first Toledo appearance dropped him all the way out.
A reminder: These rankings come in a vaccuum. A player's upside or position in the farm system have no effect. We already do a list of top prospects. This list is for which minor leaguers are performing the best, period. Only players currently in the minors are eligible.
Here are the new TigsTown Power Rankings:
1. Nick Castellanos (3B, Lakeland)
Season stats: .414 AVG, 2 HR, 28 RBI, .554 SLG, 1.030 OPS
Already hitting nearly .400, Castellanos actually raised his average 20 points in the past week. He's had five multi-hit games over the last week, going 14-for-26, including three doubles.
2. Brad Eldred (DH, Toledo)
Season stats: .294 AVG, 18 HR, 53 RBI, .719 SLG, 1.083 OPS
Like most of the Mud Hens, Eldred had a rough week. He went 3-for-20, but did have another home run. He still has great power numbers, but the Mud Hens are in a tailspin, having lost nine of their last 11.
3. Michael Torrealba (RP, West Michigan)
Season stats: 3-1, 1.78 ERA, 0.79 WHIP, 3 saves
Torrealba only pitched once in the past week, allowing three hits over two scoreless innings.
4. Bruce Rondon (RP, Lakeland)
Season stats: 1-0, 2.20 ERA, 1.10 WHIP, 9 saves
Rondon has been lights-out recently, having not allowed an earned run in his last 10 outings. He also has allowed just five hits and one walk over his last nine. He only pitched once last week, one scoreless inning.
5. Jordan Lennerton (1B, Erie)
Season stats: .298 AVG, 10 HR, 33 RBI, .542 SLG, .917 OPS
In the last week, Lennerton went 8-for-21 with a home run, two doubles and six RBIs. In his most-recent game Saturday, he went 3-for-3 with two walks.
6. Tyler Clark (RP, Lakeland)
Season stats: 2-0, 0.90 ERA, 0.85 WHIP
Clark pitched one perfect inning in the last week.
7. Dean Green (1B, West Michigan)
Season stats: .294 AVG, 8 HR, 29 RBI, .494 SLG, .862 OPS
Green had a solid week, going 5-for-17 with a three-hit, four-RBI game on May 23.
8. Justin Henry (OF, Toledo)
Season stats: .324 AVG, 0 HR, 12 RBI, .382 SLG, .805 OPS
Henry went 8-for-23 with two walks in the past week.
9. Niuman Romero (2B, Erie)
Season stats: .328 AVG, 4 HR, 29 RBI, 9 SB, .466 SLG, .845 OPS
Romero had a monster week, going 11-for-28 with three doubles, four RBIs and three stolen bases. On Saturday, Romero went 3-for-5 with two doubles and two RBIs.
10. Rob Brantly (C, Erie)
Season stats: .303 AVG, 3 HR, 22 RBI, .452 SLG, .799 OPS
Brantly had a rough week, going 4-for-22. But his defense remains solid.
Dropped out: Jacob Turner, Ryan Robowski