TigsTown Power Rankings (8/26)

Which Tigers minor leaguers are doing the best? The TigsTown Power Rankings let you know which players are performing well in the farm system. A new number one is crowned this week and one reliever makes his season debut in the top 10.

A new number one is crowned in this week's edition of the TigsTown Power Rankings while a reliever makes his top 10 debut.

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1.LHP Blaine Hardy

Team

W/L

ERA

K

BB

WHIP

Toledo

6-1

1.86

51

17

1.02


ANALYSIS: After falling three spots last week, Blaine Hardy has stormed up the list to take over the number one spot this week. Hardy pitched a masterful game last Monday against Gwinnett after the lefty threw a complete game one-hitter to earn his fifth win of the season. In his following start on Sunday, Hardy allowed just three hits over seven innings and didn't allow a run.

2.2B Devon Travis

Team

AVG

HR

RBI

BB

OBP

Lakeland

.337

5

22

16

.397


ANALYSIS: Devon Travis' numbers continue to slide as the second baseman falls to the number two spot this week. Travis has hit a lackluster .171 over his last 10 games and has driven in just one run in that span. He's struggled to get on base recently, posting an underwhelming .286 on base percentage in his last 10. That's the bad news. The good news is that Travis has been dominant for most of the season and was due for a slump eventually after being promoted to Lakeland.

3.2B Hernan Perez

Team

AVG

HR

RBI

BB

OBP

Toledo

.333

0

3

3

.370


ANALYSIS: Hernan Perez stays in the third spot this week after continuing to hit the ball well in Toledo. Perez has reached base in each of his last 10 outings and has been a big piece for the Mud Hens in his short time with the team. Although he probably won't be with the team for much longer due to September call ups he may help the Mud Hens earn a few wins in the near future.

4.LHP Kyle Ryan

Team

W/L

ERA

K

BB

WHIP

Lakeland

11-7

3.16

88

37

1.22


ANALYSIS: Kyle Ryan falls two spots this week after another shaky outing earns him his seventh loss of the season. Ryan's losing effort on Saturday was actually a better performance than his previous start in which he earned a win. Ryan allowed four runs in his last start, but two of them were unearned. Even with his recent unsettling outings Ryan has been a strong pitcher within the organization this season and a major asset in the Lakeland rotation.

5.RHP Corey Knebel

Team

SV

ERA

K

BB

WHIP

West Michigan

13

0.68

36

8

0.76


ANALYSIS: Corey Knebel falls to the fifth spot this week despite pitching very well in relief. Knebel could arguably be ranked higher on this list but hasn't had much action over the last week. We he has been on the mound, though, the reliever has been nothing short of great.

6.2B Dominic Ficociello

Team

AVG

HR

RBI

BB

OBP

Connecticut

.264

3

30

20

.329


ANALYSIS: Dominic Ficociello's shortcomings are made up for by his ability to hit the ball really well with runners in scoring position, which is why the first baseman only falls one spot in this week's list. Ficociello has driven in six runs over his last 10 games and has been improving his plate discipline in the process.

7.OF Daniel Fields

Team

AVG

HR

RBI

BB

OBP

Erie

.288

10

55

42

.355


ANALYSIS: After freefalling down the rankings last week, Daniel Fields moves up two spots this week to take the seventh spot. Fields is a darkhorse candidate for a September call up in Detroit, especially since the team traded Avisail Garcia. Fields has been inconsistently great in Erie but has shown steady improvement since the season started.

8.RHP Melvin Mercedes

Team

SV

ERA

K

BB

WHIP

Erie

11

0.86

17

9

0.91


ANALYSIS: Melvin Mercedes makes his season debut in the top 10 this week after continuing to put up strong numbers in Erie. The righty has had no trouble adjusting to Double-A since being promoted to Erie and is on a short list of relievers who could see time in Detroit in September.

9.OF Nick Castellanos

Team

AVG

HR

RBI

BB

OBP

Toledo

.274

16

70

54

.345


ANALYSIS: Nick Castellanos falls a spot this week after putting up solid numbers with runners in scoring position but falling otherwise stagnant at the plate. While most are saying Castellanos is nearly a lock to see time in Detroit this season, he'll still be putting in more starts with the Mud Hens, giving him a little more opportunity to exhibit his skills before being called up to The Show.

10.OF Jason Krizan

Team

AVG

HR

RBI

BB

OBP

Lakeland

.284

3

49

54

.381


ANALYSIS: Jason Krizan rounds out the top 10 this week after hanging on by a thread. Krizan hasn't done much offensively as of late, hitting for .237 over his last 10 games with just one RBI.

Honorable Mention:

Mike Cervenak, Francisco Martinez

Dropped Out:

Jordan John

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