TigsTown Power Rankings (7/1)

Which Tigers minor leaguers are doing the best? The TigsTown Power Rankings let you know which players are performing well in the farm system. Hitters dominate the top of the list this week with a starting pitcher making his season debut in the top five.

In this week's edition of the TigsTown Power Rankings a log jam occurs at the top of the list and a starting pitcher makes his debut in the top five.

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1. 2B Devon Travis

Team

AVG

HR

RBI

BB

OBP

Lakeland

.352

6

42

35

.430


ANALYSIS: Devon Travis stays at number one for the third week in a row after stringing together a few strong outings against Dayton and Fort Wayne. Travis will take on a new challenge of playing ball in Lakeland where he will look to gain more credit within the organization.

2.OF Nick Castellanos

Team

AVG

HR

RBI

BB

OBP

Toledo

.301

11

42

42

.378


ANALYSIS: If not for Travis' strong week, Castellanos would be number one on this list. He had another big week in Toledo and now has fans wondering if a 2013 call up is in the cards. He drove in three runs and homered in a game against Pawtucket last week after a bit of a dry spell with driving in runs.

3.1B Jeff Holm

Team

AVG

HR

RBI

BB

OBP

West Michigan

.309

8

53

32

.375


ANALYSIS: With Travis moving up to Lakeland, Jeff Holm will now be the centerpiece of West Michigan's offense. Holm is at third this week due to the log jam at the top of this list but could very easily be number one. If Holm can continue to shine as West Michigan's best hitter he could quickly make a bid for the top spot.

4.LHP Alex Phillips

Team

W/L

ERA

K

BB

WHIP

Connecticut

1-0

0.61

8

4

0.95


ANALYSIS: After struggling at the start of the season in West Michigan's bullpen, Alex Phillips has been strong as a starter for Connecticut, making his debut at number four this week. Like most starting pitchers in the New York-Penn League, Phillips is getting limited innings as a starter but is making the most of each opportunity. Phillips didn't give up a run in his first two outings of the season and only gave up one in his last start. If Connecticut caught a few breaks offensively, there's a strong possibility Phillips could be 3-0 right now.

5.3B Mike Cervenak

Team

AVG

HR

RBI

BB

OBP

Toledo

.306

2

16

9

.355


ANALYSIS: After making his debut on this list at number six last week, Cervenak has jumped into the top five this week. Cervenak has been hitting the ball pretty well over the last week, especially with runners in scoring position. He's driven in five runs over the last seven days and hit the ball really well against Pawtucket. There's a pretty wide gap between the top four and the rest of this list, but Cervenak is doing well at bridging that gap a bit.

6.1B Jordan Lennerton

Team

AVG

HR

RBI

BB

OBP

Toledo

.305

13

40

55

.410


ANALYSIS: Jordan Lennerton drops another spot this week, although he seems to be on the tail end of his recent skid. Lennerton homered and drove in three runs over the last week but is still looking shaky at the plate. He has a chance to move back into the top five next week if he can continue to hit the ball well with runners in scoring position but will definitely need to improve his plate discipline.

7.LHP Kyle Lobstein

Team

W/L

ERA

K

BB

WHIP

Toledo

0-1

3.60

5

3

1.60


ANALYSIS: Kyle Lobstein drops three spots on the list this week after an underwhelming start in his Toledo debut. While Lobstein earned the loss he didn't get much in the way of run support, and with a bit more of that he could have a very successful rest of the season with the Mud Hens.

8.2B Hernan Perez

Team

AVG

HR

RBI

BB

OBP

Erie

.298

4

32

12

.324


ANALYSIS: Hernan Perez is in a love-hate relationship with this list, seemingly dropping out of and reappearing in the top 10 on a weekly basis. This week is no exception as Perez had a pretty strong series against Richmond to catapult him back into the top 10. Perez really needs to work on his plate discipline as he strikes out far more often than he draws walks.

9.LHP Kyle Ryan

Team

W/L

ERA

K

BB

WHIP

Lakeland

7-5

3.23

60

24

1.14


ANALYSIS: Kyle Ryan jumps up a spot to number nine this week after a pretty impressive start against Dunedin in which he didn't allow a run and struck out five over six innings on the way to his seventh win of the season. Ryan could see a call up in the near future as part of the second half of the season shuffle, especially if he keeps performing at a high level.

10.LHP Jordan John

Team

W/L

ERA

SO

BB

WHIP

West Michigan

5-3

2.87

53

21

1.25


ANALYSIS: Jordan John falls three spots this week after a less-than-stellar start against Fort Wayne in which he gave up three runs over four innings on the way to a no decision. The most impressive piece of that start, though, was the seven strikeouts he tallied over those four innings. Having a strikeout pitch can carry a pitcher a long way in an organization and could move John back up this list in no time.

Honorable Mention:

Bennett Pickar, Argenis Diaz

Dropped Out:

Bruce Rondon (Promoted to Detroit), Matt Hoffman

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