TigsTown PR 5/5: Kubitza Makes a Move

Austin Kubitza made a push up the power rankings this week, on the back of a complete game in which he gave up just two runs while striking out five. Was it enough to overtake Daniel Fields though, who continues to swing a hot bat.

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1. OF Daniel Fields - AAA Toledo
71 AB | .338 AVG | 1.046 OPS | 5 2B | 5 3B | 1 HR | 4 SB
Fields continued to swing a hot bat this past week going 7-for-17 (.412) with six walks, a double, a triple and three stolen bases. Fields' 14 walks are fourth best on the circuit, thanks to a career best 15.9% walk ratio. The 24-year-old's five triples are tops in the International League and his 1.046 OPS ranks second best. Thanks to a ridiculous .511 BABIP, Fields' .338 batting-average is also 12th best on the circuit.


2. SS Dixon Machado - AAA Toledo
94 AB | .298 AVG | .701 OPS | 2 2B | 0 3B | 1 HR | 3 SB
Machado went 6-for-23 (.261) this past week, walking three times, and blasting his first home run of the season. The 23-year-old shortstop leads the 'Hens in hits with 28 over a team high 94 at-bats. Machado's 13 RBI are also second best on the Toledo Mud Hens this season.


3. RHP Austin Kubitza - AA Erie
23 IP | 1.57 ERA | 1.30 WHIP | 1-1 | 20 K | 9 BB |
Kubitza tossed an eight inning complete game on the road in Altoona, scattering ten hits, yielding two earned runs while striking out five. The 23-year-old right-hander currently has the eighth lowest ERA in the Eastern League. The 'Wolves hand the ball to Kubitza again on Wednesday evening in Trenton, NJ.


4. LHP Josh Turley - AA Erie
23 IP | 2.35 ERA | 1.35 WHIP | 2-2 | 16 K | 7 BB |
Turley received his second loss of the season after allowing two earned-runs off seven hits and two walks on Sunday. The 24-year-old southpaw gets the ball again on Friday, when the 'Wolves battle the Reading Fightin Phils.


5. OF Michael Gerber - A West Michigan
91 AB | .341 AVG | .844 OPS | 3 2B | 1 3B | 2 HR | 4 SB
Gerber pushes his way into the TigsTown Power Rankings, and all the way up to the fifth spot after absolutely raking the first month of the season. The 22-year-old outfielder's 18 RBI are tied for tops on the circuit, his .341 batting-average is currently sixth best, and his .844 OPS is also 14th best in the MidWest League.


6. RHP Confesor Lara - A+ Lakeland
13 1/3 IP | 1.35 ERA | 0.83 WHIP | 1-0 | 20 K | 3 BB | 3 SV
Lara continued to shove this past week, adding two more saves while striking out four over two scoreless frames. The 24-year-old right-handed reliever has dominated the opposition thus far, holding batters to a nasty .174 batting-average, while raking up an impressive 20 strikeouts, to just three walks over 13 1/3 innings.


7. RHP Johan Belisario - A West Michigan
12 2/3 IP | 0.71 ERA | 0.95 WHIP | 1-0 | 15 K | 4 BB | 3 SV
Belisario tossed four scoreless innings, over two appearances, striking out seven this past week. The 21-year-old right-handed reliever added two more saves, while lowering his ERA to a tidy 0.71 over 12 2/3 innings this season.


8. OF Ben Verlander - A+ Lakeland
61 AB | .361 AVG | .951 OPS | 3 2B | 0 3B | 2 HR | 2 SB
Verlander continued to swing a hot bat going 6-for-15 (.400) with a double and two walks over this past week. The 23-year-old outfielder's .361 batting-average, .951 OPS, and .443 on-base percentage are a team high, while his 9 RBI are tied for most on the Flying Tigers.


9. RHP Buck Farmer - AAA Toledo
26 1/3 IP | 4.10 ERA | 1.33 WHIP | 3-1 | 32 K | 12 BB |
Farmer got touched up for six runs (five earned), off ten hits and two walks in his lone start of the week. The 24-year-old right-hander has exchanged gems and stinkers throughout his first five starts this season. Farmer looks to right the ship when he gets the ball next, on Thursday against the Pawtucket Red Sox.


10. LHP Kevin Ziomek - A+ Lakeland
27 2/3 IP | 4.88 ERA | 1.27 WHIP | 2-3 | 32 K | 7 BB |
Ziomek turned in his worst start of the season, allowing seven earned runs off six hits and three walks. The 23-year-old right-hander did strike out seven however; his 32 strikeouts are currently third most in the FSL. Ziomek's next start will be Thursday evening against the Dunedin Blue Jays.



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