5/12 Power Rankings: Gerber Powers to Top

There's a new player in the top spot this week, after Daniel Fields and the Toledo Mud Hens led the way through the first few weeks of the season, Michael Gerber jumps up the charts.

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1. OF Michael Gerber - A West Michigan
114 AB | .368 AVG | .919 OPS | 7 2B | 2 3B | 2 HR | 5 SB
Gerber pushes his way into the top spot in TigsTown Power Rankings after another impressive week at the plate. Gerber, the Tigers 14th round pick out of Creighton last June, went 11-for-23 (.478) with four doubles, a triple, seven runs-batted-in and a stolen base. The 22-year-old outfielder's .368 batting-average and 25 RBI are currently tops in the MidWest League, and his .919 OPS is also 4th best on the circuit. Gerber was recently tabbed West Michigan's TigsTown Player of the Month for the month of April.


2. OF Daniel Fields - AAA Toledo
95 AB | .305 AVG | .955 OPS | 8 2B | 5 3B | 1 HR | 7 SB
Fields went just 5-for-24 (.208) this past week. As pedestrian as that line might initially appear, Fields doubled three times, walked five times and swiped three more bases over the week. Thanks to a career best 16% walk ratio, Fields finds himself tied for second in the International League with 19 walks walks this season. The 24-year-old's five triples are tops in the International League and his .955 OPS currently ranks second best on the circuit. Fields was recently tabbed Toledo's TigsTown Player of the Month for the month of April.


3. SS Dixon Machado - AAA Toledo
121 AB | .289 AVG | .693 OPS | 4 2B | 0 3B | 1 HR | 3 SB
Machado went 7-for-27 (.259) this past week, walking twice, and chipping in two doubles. The 23-year-old shortstop leads the 'Hens in hits with 35 over a team high 121 at-bats. Machado's 15 RBI are also tops on the MudHens this season. More importantly, Machado continues to provide near elite defense at shortstop this season.


4. RHP Confesor Lara - A+ Lakeland
16 1/3 IP | 1.10 ERA | 0.80 WHIP | 1-0 | 20 K | 3 BB | 3 SV
Lara tossed three scoreless frames this past week for the Flying Tigers. The 24-year-old right-handed reliever has dominated the opposition thus far, holding batters to a nasty .175 batting-average, while racking up an impressive 20 strikeouts, to just three walks over 16 1/3 innings. Clearly too advanced for Florida State League batters, Lara was recently promoted to Double-A Erie. Lara was recently tabbed Lakeland's TigsTown Pitcher of the Month for the month of April.


5. RHP Johan Belisario - A West Michigan
13 2/3 IP | 0.66 ERA | 0.88 WHIP | 1-0 | 17 K | 4 BB | 4 SV
Belisario struck out two and earned a save over a scoreless inning of work this past week. The 21-year-old right-handed reliever has struck out an impressive 17 batters, while posting a tidy 0.66 ERA over 13 2/3 innings this season. Should this continue, Belisario could be in line for a mid-season promotion to Advanced-A Lakeland. Belisario was recently tabbed West Michigan's TigsTown Pitcher of the Month for the month of April.


6. RHP Buck Farmer - AAA Toledo
32 IP | 3.94 ERA | 1.25 WHIP | 3-1 | 40 K | 13 BB |
Farmer earned a no-decision in his lone start, allowing two runs off four hits and a walk, while striking out eight over 5 2/3 innings. The 24-year-old right-hander's 40 strikeouts are currently an International League best. Farmer was also recently tabbed Toledo's TigsTown Pitcher of the Month for the month of April.


7. LHP Josh Turley - AA Erie
29 IP | 3.41 ERA | 1.45 WHIP | 2-2 | 19 K | 11 BB |
Turley didn't have his best stuff last time out, allowing five earned-runs off seven hits and four walks. The 24-year-old southpaw looks to right the ship when the 'Wolves hand him the ball again on Wednesday against the Akron Rubber Ducks.


8. OF Xavier Avery - AAA Toledo
95 AB | .358 AVG | .822 OPS | 7 2B | 0 3B | 0 HR | 8 SB
Avery jumps into the TigsTown Power Rankings after posting an impressive .358 batting-average and .822 OPS over 95 at-bats. Avery's .358 batting-average is currently third best in the International Leg


9. DH Dean Green - AA Erie
77 AB | .351 AVG | .951 OPS | 4 2B | 0 3B | 3 HR | 0 SB
Green finds his way back into the TigsTown Power Rankings. The 25-year-old DH continues to mash at the plate. Green's .432 on-base-percentage is 2nd best, his .351 batting-average and .951 OPS are 5th best and his .519 slugging percentage is currently 9th best in the Eastern League. Green was recently tabbed Erie's TigsTown Player of the Month for the month of April.


10. RHP Austin Kubitza - AA Erie
31 1/3 IP | 4.60 ERA | 1.56 WHIP | 1-2 | 31 K | 17 BB |
Kubitza had a week I'm sure he'd love to forget. The 23-year-old right-hander allowed 12 earned runs over 8 1/3 innings during his two starts last week. On a positive note, Kubitza did strike out 11, however, he also was tagged for 11 hits and eight walks over the two starts. Kubitza was recently tabbed Erie's TigsTown Pitcher of the Month for the month of April.



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