After a week off, the TigsTown Power Rankings return. It was a rough past week for many position players, but two of them participated in the Futures Game on Sunday and performed well. Bruce Rondon and Eugenio Suarez were named the organization's minor league pitcher and player of the month, respectively.
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): .307 AVG, 4 HR, 15 RBI, .482 SLG, .793 OPS
Castellanos went 7-for-21 for Erie with a homer and three RBIs for Erie over the past week, then was named the MVP of the Futures Game in Kansas City after going 3-for-4 with a double, home run and three RBIs.
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, 0.64 WHIP, 8 saves
Rondon hasn't missed a beat since the call-up to Erie, allowing just three hits over 9 1/ 3 innings. In the past week, Rondon gave up two hits and three walks over four innings, but didn't allow a run and picked up two saves.
3. Niuman Romero (2B, Erie)
Season stats: .321 AVG, 6 HR, 47 RBI, 11 SB, .457 SLG, .843 OPS
Romero went 9-for-26 over the last week, but without any extra-base hits nor RBIs, although he did draw four walks.
4. Rob Brantly (C, Toledo)
Season stats (Erie): .311 AVG, 3 HR, 23 RBI, .461 SLG, .820 OPS
Season stats (Toledo): .280 AVG, 0 HR, 5 RBI, .312 SLG, .642 OPS
Brantly went 3-for-15 with a double and a walk in the last week before going 1-for-3 with a double and an RBI in the Futures Game.
5. Eugenio Suarez (SS, West Michigan)
Season stats: .307 AVG, 3 HR, 37 RBI, 13 SB, 447 SLG, .855 OPS
Suarez struggled over the last week, going 4-for-21, but he did draw six walks.
6. Tyler Clark (RP, Lakeland)
Season stats: 4-1, 0.84 ERA, 0.88 WHIP, 5 saves
Clark recorded his first loss of the season last week after allowing a run in one inning, but rebounded with a one-walk outing in 1 2/3 scoreless in his next appearance. He has picked up some time in the closer role since Rondon went to Erie.
7. Tyler Collins (OF, Lakeland)
Season stats: .293 AVG, 4 HR, 43 RBI, 11 SB, .438 SLG, .803 OPS
Collins makes his debut on the rankings. In the last week, Collins went 8-for-27 with a home run, a triple and seven RBIs.
8. Jordan Lennerton (1B, Erie)
Season stats: .281 AVG, 17 HR, 59 RBI, .500 SLG, .878 OPS
Lennerton went 4-for-23 with a home run, six walks and six RBIs over the last week.
9. Franklin Navarro (C, VSL Tigers)
Season stats: .325 AVG, 3 HR, 27 RBI, .446 SLG, .819 OPS
Navarro remains the only VSL Tiger on the list after going 5-for-19 with a double and three RBIs in the last week.
10. Jade Todd (RP, West Michigan)
Season stats: 4-2, 1.78 ERA, 1.05 WHIP, 1 save
Todd makes his debut on the rankings as a result of poor performances from others. In the last week, Todd pitched one scoreless inning.