TigsTown PR 6/25: Lakeland Rotation Shines

Jake Thompson remains in the top slot, but might a team member in his own rotation be making a push after another strong week?

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1. RHP Jake Thompson - A+ Lakeland
66 2/3 IP | 2.43 ERA | 1.16 WHIP | 6-2 | 66 K | 24 BB |
Jake Thompson struck out seven and allowed one earned-run off five hits and two walks over a five inning no decision on Saturday. Despite being on a strict pitch count and innings limit, Thompson currently has the 5th most strikeouts and 8th lowest ERA in the FSL. The 20-year-old right-hander was also recently named to represent the Tigers in the upcoming SiriusXM Futures Game.


2. RHP Jonathon Crawford - A West Michigan
64 1/3 IP | 2.80 ERA | 1.13 WHIP | 3-2 | 49 K | 22 BB |
Jonathon Crawford earned a no-decision after allowing three earned-runs off six hits and two walks over five innings of work on Saturday. After a hot month of May Crawford has cooled off a bit, posting a 4.32 ERA with eight walks and just five strikeouts over his last 16 2/3 innings of work.


3. OF Steven Moya - AA Erie
269 AB | .260 AVG | .804 OPS | 18 2B | 2 3B | 16 HR | 12 SB
Steven Moya's bat has finally perked up a bit after a bit of a cold spell. Moya hit .287 with two homers and four runs driven in since we last checked in. The 22-year-old slugger boasts the 3rd most home runs, he's tied for 3rd most doubles and he has the 8th highest slugging percentage in the Eastern League.


4. LHP Josh Turley - A+ Lakeland
75 1/3 IP | 1.91 ERA | 0.94 WHIP | 6-0 | 66 K | 19 BB |
Josh Turley earned his sixth win, allowing two hits and three walks over six scoreless innings. The 23-year-old also racked up a career high eight strikeouts in his lone start lone week against the New York Yankees Advanced-A affiliate. Turley currently has the lowest WHIP, second lowest ERA and is tied for the fifth most strikeouts in the FSL.


5. RHP Angel Nesbitt - AA Erie
36 IP | 1.00 ERA | 0.97 WHIP | 2-0 | 37 K | 11 BB | 14 SV
Angel Nesbitt's scoreless streak ended at 17 1/3 innings as the 23-year-old allowed an earned-run off a hit and three walks (his first base on balls in over a month) in his Double-A Erie debut. Nesbitt worked a clean inning striking out one batter in his second appearance.


6. RHP Austin Kubitza - A West Michigan
74 2/3 IP | 2.53 ERA | 1.14 WHIP | 6-1 | 85 K | 29 BB |
Austin Kubitza lasted just four innings, earning his first loss of the season this past week. The 22-year-old struck out seven, but allowed four earned-runs off five hits and five walks. The right-hander continues to rack up strikeouts but has cooled off quite a bit since the calendar flipped to June.


7. 2B Devon Travis - AA Erie
148 AB | .270 AVG | .781 OPS | 10 2B | 4 3B | 4 HR | 5 SB
Devon Travis' bat finally cooled down a bit this past week. The 23-year-old collected just one hit over 18 at-bats. Regardless, Travis is enjoying a productive June, batting .303 with 12 extra-base hits, seven walks and 12 RBIs.


8. RHP Corey Knebel - AAA Toledo
22 1/3 IP | 0.79 ERA | 0.97 WHIP | 3-0 | 31 K | 12 BB | 2 SV
Corey Knebel pitched a clean 1 1/3 innings in his lone appearance of the week.


9. OF Wynton Bernard - A West Michigan
263 AB | .327 AVG | .860 OPS | 16 2B | 4 3B | 3 HR | 27 SB
Wynton Bernard went 6-for-17 with a double and a triple this past week. The 23-year-old also swiped bags.


10. 1B/3B Dominic Ficociello - A West Michigan
293 AB | .291 AVG | .762 OPS | 9 2B | 4 3B | 6 HR | 8 SB
Dominic Ficociello went 7-for-13 with three walks and a homer over the series that I recently sat on in West Michigan. The 22-year-old has been red hot this month batting .403 with a 1.044 OPS.



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