Four of the bottom five spots have changed in this week's rankings. The top five remained the same, but some shake-ups took place on the other side. Austin Schotts' hot start is becoming just a great season, while Jose Zambrano continues to rip up VSL pitching.
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): .296 AVG, 6 HR, 18 RBI, .472 SLG, .783 OPS
Castellanos went 8-for-27 with a double and two homers in eight game over the past week.
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, 0.98 WHIP, 0 saves
Rondon allowed two hits and a walk over two innings in the last week, but picked up asave and his ERA remains all zeros.
3. Eugenio Suarez (SS, West Michigan)
Season stats: .315 AVG, 5 HR, 50 RBI, 16 SB, 455 SLG, .869 OPS
Suarez had a big week, going 10-for-25 with a home run, eight RBIs and two stolen bases.
4. Niuman Romero (2B, Erie)
Season stats: .309 AVG, 6 HR, 51 RBI, 11 SB, .432 SLG, .802 OPS
Romero went 8-for-28, including a 5-for-5 game on July 17.
5. Tyler Clark (RP, Lakeland)
Season stats: 5-1, 0.72 ERA, 0.91 WHIP, 8 saves
Clark pitched twice over the week, recording a win after two scoreless inning with one walk and a one-hit save.
6. Jose Zambrano (SS, VSL Tigers)
Season stats: .344 AVG, 1 HR, 29 RBI, .421 SLG, .828 OPS
Zambrano went 8-for-20 with three RBIs in the last week and has a hitting streak that stretches longer than 10 games.
7. Austin Schotts (OF, GCL Tigers)
Season stats: .388 AVG, 1 HR, 14 RBI, 11 SB, .538 SLG, .977 OPS
Twenty-two games into the season, it's fair to say Schotts has legitimately been lighting it up for the GCL Tigers. He's shown a solid eye at the plate with a .440 OBP. He's also got the speed on the bases.
8. Curtis Casali (C, Lakeland)
Season stats (West Michigan): .288 AVG, 8 HR, 25 RBI, .500 SLG, .902 OPS
Season stats (Lakeland): .286 AVG, 1 HR, 11 RBI, .429 SLG, .804 OPS
Casali struggled a bit, going 4-for-17 with four strikeouts.
9. Tyler Collins (OF, Lakeland)
Season stats: .292 AVG, 4 HR, 49 RBI, 12 SB, .434 SLG, .802 OPS
Collins went 7-for-23 with an RBI in each of his last five games.
10. Jordan Lennerton (1B, Erie)
Season stats: .273 AVG, 18 HR, 64 RBI, .489 SLG, .858 OPS
Lennerton finally stabilized after a few struggling weeks. He went 6-for-22 with one home run.
Dropped out: Jade Todd