TigsTown Power Rankings (6/24)

Which Tigers minor leaguers are doing the best? The TigsTown Power Rankings let you know which players are performing well in the farm system. Brad Eldred's retirement gives us a new No. 1, and Bruce Rondon has had no issue since his call-up to Erie.

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.

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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

Just missed: Jade Todd, Avisail Garcia, Matt Crouse, Curtis Casali, Jose Zambrano, Ben Guez

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