TigsTown Power Rankings (9/2)

Which Tigers minor leaguers are doing the best? The TigsTown Power Rankings let you know which players are performing well in the farm system. Lakeland invades most of the top 10 and one Flying Tiger reclaims the number one spot.

In this week's edition of the TigsTown power rankings a familiar face retakes the top spot and Lakeland takes up a large part of the list.

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1.2B Devon Travis

Team

AVG

HR

RBI

BB

OBP

Lakeland

.350

10

34

18

.401


ANALYSIS: Devon Travis returns to the top spot he's held for so much of the season. Travis has driven in 12 runs in his last seven games and is hitting for a .410 average over his last 10. He also has five home runs in the last week. Lakeland still has a shot at making the playoffs as a wildcard team and Travis is a big reason for that.

2.LHP Blaine Hardy

Team

W/L

ERA

K

BB

WHIP

Toledo

6-1

1.69

53

19

1.02


ANALYSIS: If not for a massively successful week by Devon Travis, Blaine Hardy would still be holding on to the top spot this week. Instead, he slides to the second spot. Hardy earned a no decision in his only start of the week against Columbus but was sharp in that outing, pitching a shutout over six innings.

3.LHP Kyle Ryan

Team

W/L

ERA

K

BB

WHIP

Lakeland

12-7

3.17

90

37

1.19


ANALYSIS: Kyle Ryan jumps a spot this week after a pretty successful outing earned the lefty his twelfth win of the season. Ryan went eight innings in his last start against Tampa and although he gave up a few runs, he's still considered the ace of that rotation for good reason.

4.OF Jason Krizan

Team

AVG

HR

RBI

BB

OBP

Lakeland

.288

4

52

62

.388


ANALYSIS: Jason Krizan makes a big jump this week, moving up six spots to number four. While Krizan isn't the biggest name on the Lakeland roster he has been a key piece in the lineup all season long and will likely continue to be if the Flying Tigers make the playoffs. Krizan's on base percentage has hovered around .400 all season long, making him a great weapon to be driven in.

5.RHP Corey Knebel

Team

SV

ERA

K

BB

WHIP

West Michigan

15

0.87

41

10

0.77


ANALYSIS: Corey Knebel stays in the fifth spot this week after having one less-than-stellar outing. Knebel had a blown save and earned his first loss of the season against Lansing after giving up a game-deciding run. That being said, Knebel is still having a very solid season and is providing mostly great insurance at the back end of West Michigan's bullpen.

6.RHP Melvin Mercedes

Team

SV

ERA

K

BB

WHIP

Erie

12

1.13

19

9

1.25


ANALYSIS: Melvin Mercedes move up to the sixth spot this week despite having a shaky outing over the weekend against Akron. While Mercedes earned his second win of the season against the Aeros, he also had a blown save and needed the offense to come through in order to earn that win.

7.OF Chad Wright

Team

AVG

HR

RBI

BB

OBP

Lakeland

.286

0

3

30

.365


ANALYSIS: Chad Wright makes his season debut at the seventh spot this week as one of the many Lakeland players to see time on this list. Wright has scored three runs in his last two games and is doing a great job of getting on base. While Wright doesn't have much in the way of power he is consistent at the plate and could be a hidden gem for the Flying Tigers if the team gets a playoff opportunity.

8.DH Dean Green

Team

AVG

HR

RBI

BB

OBP

Lakeland

.314

2

13

9

.372


ANALYSIS: Dean Green has been on the brink of making this list for a few weeks now and finally cracks the top 10 at number eight. Green has split time between West Michigan and Lakeland this season and has done really well with both teams. Green provides a power option in Lakeland's lineup that could prove beneficial late in the season.

9.OF Daniel Fields

Team

AVG

HR

RBI

BB

OBP

Erie

.284

10

57

45

.355


ANALYSIS: Daniel Fields falls two spots this week after his recent struggles have caused his numbers to drop a bit. Erie will need Fields to perform very well if the team wants to make a deep playoff run this season.

10.1B Aaron Westlake

Team

AVG

HR

RBI

BB

OBP

Lakeland

.291

7

62

26

.344


ANALYSIS: Aaron Westlake rounds out the top 10 this week after taking a brief hiatus from the list after his numbers dipped a bit. When Westlake is on he hits the balls really well, although his time at the plate is inconsistent.

Honorable Mention:

Raph Rhymes, Jordan John

Dropped Out:

Hernan Perez (Promoted), Nick Castellanos (Promoted), Dominic Ficociello

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