Brad Eldred's release to sign in Japan opened up the top spot in the TigsTown Power Rankings. Nick Castellanos found his power and stride in Erie and moves up to No. 1. West Michigan and Lakeland had All-Star breaks, so their weeks were short. We also have our first VSL Tiger crack the top 10.
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. Nick Castellanos (3B, Erie)
Season stats (Lakeland): .405 AVG, 3 HR, 32 RBI, .553 SLG, 1.014 OPS
Season stats (Erie): .306 AVG, 3 HR, 10 RBI, .516 SLG, .813 OPS
With Eldred gone, Castellanos takes the top spot. He has found his stride in Erie, going 10-for-26 with three home runs with nine RBIs over the past week. He has an RBI in five straight games.
2. Bruce Rondon (RP, Erie)
Season stats (Lakeland): 1-0, 1.93 ERA, 0.94 WHIP, 15 saves
Season stats (Erie): 0-0, 0.00 ERA, 0.00 WHIP, 2 saves
Rondon got the call up to Erie and continued his success with two perfect appearances for two saves with the SeaWolves.
3. Rob Brantly (C, Toledo)
Season stats (Erie): .311 AVG, 3 HR, 23 RBI, .461 SLG, .820 OPS
Season stats (Toledo): .290 AVG, 0 HR, 4 RBI, .306 SLG, .640 OPS
Brantly had a tough week, going 4-for-21 with six strikeouts.
4. Niuman Romero (2B, Erie)
Season stats: .320 AVG, 4 HR, 40 RBI, .452 SLG, .824 OPS
Romero went 7-for-23 over the past week and has been solid for Erie all season.
5. Eugenio Suarez (SS, West Michigan)
Season stats: .314 AVG, 3 HR, 35 RBI, .451 SLG, .858 OPS
West Michigan returned from its All-Star break and Suarez was solid, going 4-for-10 with a double.
6. Tyler Clark (RP, Lakeland)
Season stats: 4-0, 1.04 ERA, 0.85 WHIP, 1 save
Clark pitched one perfect inning in the All-Star break-shortened week.
7. Jordan Lennerton (1B, Erie)
Season stats: .284 AVG, 14 HR, 45 RBI, .510 SLG, .882 OPS
Lennerton only raised his average a point by going 7-for-24 over the week, but he did hit three homers.
8. Steven Moya (OF, West Michigan)
Season stats: .284 AVG, 9 HR, 43 RBI, .475 SLG, .788 OPS
Moya has struggled in the short time since the All-Star break, going 1-for-14 with a double and six strikeouts.
9. Michael Torrealba (RP, West Michigan)
Season stats: 3-2, 1.66 ERA, 0.92 WHIP, 4 saves
Torrealba allowed three hits and a walk in 1 1/3 innings in his only appearance of the week, but didn't allow a run to score.
10. Franklin Navarro (C, VSL Tigers)
Season stats: .328 AVG, 3 HR, 19 RBI, .461 SLG, .847 OPS
Navarro has been leading the VSL Tigers offense all season and becomes the first to crack the Power Rankings. Last week, he went 9-for-30 with two home runs and four RBIs.
Dropped out: Brad Eldred, Dean Green