The top four in this week's rankings went unchanged, but a monster week from Steven Moya shot him up to No. 5 after not even being mentioned last week. West Michigan is on a roll, thanks to some outstanding performances from individuals, so the Whitecaps are well-represented.
A reminder: These rankings come in a vacuum. A player's upside or position in the farm system has 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. Brad Eldred (DH, Toledo)
Season stats: .305 AVG, 24 HR, 65 RBI, .695 SLG, 1.069 OPS
Eldred had a decent week, going 6-for-23 with a home run, two doubles and three walks.
2. Nick Castellanos (3B, Erie)
Season stats (Lakeland): .405 AVG, 3 HR, 32 RBI, .553 SLG, 1.014 OPS
Season stats (Erie): .250 AVG, 0 HR, 1 RBI, .278 SLG, .521 OPS
Castellanos has been dealing with a sore thumb/hand and hasn't played since June 14. In three games last week, he went 3-for-12 with three strikeouts. But his incredible job in Lakeland keeps him at No. 2 on the list.
3. Bruce Rondon (RP, Lakeland)
Season stats: 1-0, 2.01 ERA, 0.99 WHIP, 14 saves
Rondon pitched two perfect innings over two appearances and picked two up saves last week. He struck out three batters. Rondon hasn't allowed a run in 15 of his last 16 appearances.
4. Rob Brantly (C, Toledo)
Season stats (Erie): .311 AVG, 3 HR, 23 RBI, .461 SLG, .820 OPS
Season stats (Toledo): .341 AVG, 0 HR, 4 RBI, .366 SLG, .766 OPS
In his second week in Toledo, Brantly went 7-for-24 with a double and three RBIs.
5. Steven Moya (OF, West Michigan)
Season stats: .297 AVG, 9 HR, 43 RBI, .495 SLG, .823 OPS
Moya had a monster week, going 10-for-30 with three home runs, 10 RBIs and a game-saving catch. It took some after the hamstring injury, but Moya is back to pre-injury form and starting to tear it up again.
6. Tyler Clark (RP, Lakeland)
Season stats: 4-0, 1.08 ERA, 0.88 WHIP
Clark allowed one hit over two scoreless outings during the week, picking up a win.
7. Michael Torrealba (RP, West Michigan)
Season stats: 3-2, 1.72 ERA, 0.85 WHIP, 4 saves
Torrealba righted the ship last week, not allowing a run over 5 1/3 innings in three outings. He lowered his ERA by 0.29 and his WHIP by 0.11.
8. Dean Green (1B, West Michigan)
Season stats: .306 AVG, 9 HR, 38 RBI, .502 SLG, .883 OPS
Green is on the DL with right elbow inflammation and didn't play last week.
9. Jordan Lennerton (1B, Erie)
Season stats: .283 AVG, 11 HR, 41 RBI, .494 SLG, .866 OPS
Lennerton had an OK week, recording a hit in each game to reach a seven-game hitting streak. He went 6-for-23 with two doubles, four walks and four RBIs.
10. Eugenio Suarez (SS, West Michigan)
Season stats: .311 AVG, 3 HR, 34 RBI, .449 SLG, .851 OPS
Suarez went 7-for-29 with a home run and three RBIs over the week.
Dropped out: Curt Casali