TigsTown Power Rankings (5/21)

Curious which Tigers minor leaguers are off to a hot start? Head inside for this week's power rankings! What pitcher is surging up the list, which pair of shortstops made a big move this week, and what toolsy prospect is showing signs of turning potential into production?

As a reminder, the weekly rankings do not re?ect overall prospect status; nor are they exclusive to members of the TigsTown Top 50. The weekly update factors both performance from the previous week of play and overall numbers. Only players currently in the minors will be eligible each week. Be sure to check back every Wednesday for the latest edition.

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1. RHP Jake Thompson - A+ Lakeland
45 IP | 1.80 ERA | 1.04 WHIP | 3-1 | 41 K | 13 BB |
Thompson holds the top spot in the Power Rankings despite allowing eight hits, a walk and four earned runs over just three innings in his lone outing last week. Pirates prospect/ adonis Josh Bell lead the charge, doubling in a run and blasting a two-run homer off Thompson. Despite the speed bump, Thompson, the former 2nd round pick in 2012 remains tied for the 8th lowest ERA and 8th most strikeouts in the FSL through his first eight starts.


2. RHP Austin Kubitza - A West Michigan
46 IP | 2.15 ERA | 1.09 WHIP | 5-0 | 57 K | 17 BB |
Kubitza earned a no-decision against the Arizona Diamondbacks Class-A affiliate this past week. The Tigers fourth rounder from last season's June Draft allowed three runs (two earned) over the five inning start. The 6'5" 22-year-old remains tied for the MWL lead in wins with five so far this season. His 2.15 ERA is sixth lowest and his 57 strikeouts are third most in the MWL thus far.


3. LHP Kevin Ziomek - A West Michigan
38 1/3 IP | 1.64 ERA | 1.12 WHIP | 3-3 | 42 K | 17 BB |
The crafty southpaw earned his third win of the season last week, allowing two earned runs off three hits and four walks over 5 2/3 innings of work against the Cleveland Indians Class-A affiliate. The Tigers second rounder from last season's June Draft's 1.64 ERA is currently the third lowest in the MWL thus far.


4. RHP Corey Knebel - AAA Toledo
19 IP | 0.95 ERA | 1.00 WHIP | 3-0 | 27 K | 9 BB | 1 SV
So far, so good for the 6-3 right-handed reliever. Recently promoted to Triple-Toledo, the Tigers supplemental round selection from last year's June Draft continued to shove since we last checked in. Knebel, 22, pitched three scoreless innings, striking out four.


5. SS Eugenio Suarez - AA Erie
155 AB | .284 AVG | .850 OPS | 14 2B | 1 3B | 6 HR | 7 SB
Suarez has been red hot, batting .371 with a .993 OPS over his last ten games. The 22-year-old infielder has the tenth best slugging percentage and he's currently tied for second most doubles in the Eastern League. Following Tuesday night's game, Suarez was promoted to Triple-A Toledo.


6. RHP Jonathon Crawford - A West Michigan
34 2/3 IP | 2.60 ERA | 1.08 WHIP | 1-1 | 32 K | 11 BB |
After nearly two weeks between starts, Crawford returned to action Saturday against the Cleveland Indians Class-A affiliate. The 22-year-old right-hander earned a no-decision, scattering four hits and three walks and allowing one earned run over five innings. Crawford has tightened things up after a disastrous MWL debut earlier this season.


7. LHP Josh Turley - A+ Lakeland
42 1/3 IP | 2.13 ERA | 1.02 WHIP | 3-0 | 38 K | 10 BB |
The southpaw continued to shine in his new role as a starter. The 23-year-old allowed two earned runs off seven hits while striking out seven over seven innings against the New York Mets High-A affiliate this past week. Turley handled Mets prospect Brandon Nimmo very well, holding him 0-for-2 with a walk and a strikeout.


8. C James McCann - AAA Toledo
127 AB | .291 AVG | .734 OPS | 10 2B | 0 3B | 1 HR | 2 SB
McCann continues to quietly put together another solid campaign at the plate. While the power has been primarily limited to doubles thus far, the 23-year-old has been on fire his last ten games, smashing five doubles and batting .333 over 36 ABs.


9. SS Willy Adames - A West Michigan
123 AB | .285 AVG | .799 OPS | 5 2B | 6 3B | 0 HR | 1 SB
Despite being given an aggressive assignment as one of the youngest in the MWL this season, the 18-year-old infielder is more than holding his own thus far with the 'caps. Adames has been on fire since the calendar flipped to May, hitting .343 with two doubles and five triples over 67 ABs.


10. OF Tyler Gibson - A West Michigan
80 AB | .313 AVG | .815 OPS | 6 2B | 0 3B | 0 HR | 4 SB
Perhaps one of the biggest success stories out of the gate, 20-year-old Tyler Gibson appears to be coming into his own after forgettable seasons the past two years. Gibson is batting .303 over his last ten games with an impressive .333 AVG in May.


Dropped Out: Edgar De La Rosa, Buck Farmer, Chad Smith & Kevin Eichhorn


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