As a reminder, the weekly rankings do not refect 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 Tuesday for the latest edition.
1. OF Michael Gerber - A West Michigan
165 AB | .376 AVG | .947 OPS | 10 2B | 2 3B | 3 HR | 11 SB
Michael Gerber holds the top spot in TigsTown Power Rankings after yet another impressive week at the plate. Gerber, the Tigers 14th round pick out of Creighton last June, went 10-for-30 (.300) with three doubles, three stolen bases and four walks. The 22-year-old outfielder's .376 batting-average is tops in the MidWest League and his .947 OPS remains 2nd best on the circuit.
2. RHP Buck Farmer - AAA Toledo
51 1/3 IP | 2.98 ERA | 1.17 WHIP | 5-1 | 50 K | 19 BB |
Buck Farmer picked up his fifth win of the season, allowing just one earned-run over seven innings against the Buffalo Bisons. Farmer has been dealing, posting a tidy 1.80 ERA and 1.00 WHIP over his past four starts -- a span of 25 innings. The 24-year-old right-hander is scheduled to join the big league club to start against the Angels in Anaheim on Thursday.
3. OF Wynton Bernard - AA Erie
158 AB | .323 AVG | .825 OPS | 14 2B | 1 3B | 2 HR | 11 SB
Wynton Bernard continues to swing a hot bat in Erie, recording a hit in 27 of his last 28 games. The 24-year-old outfielder is batting .436 over his last ten games, and .378 with a .957 OPS over 82 at-bats in the month of May. Bernard's name is all over the Eastern League's leaderboard, including his 14 doubles (2nd) 11 stolen bases (4th) and .323 batting average (5th).
4. DH Dean Green - AA Erie
123 AB | .341 AVG | .903 OPS | 6 2B | 0 3B | 4 HR | 0 SB
Dean Green had another productive week at the plate for the 'Wolves. Green went 7-for-22 (.318) with a double and two home runs. The 25-year-old DH is batting .315 with a .837 OPS over 92 at-bats this month. Green's .341 batting-average currently leads the Eastern League, and his .903 OPS is tied for third best on the circuit.
5. LHP Josh Turley - AA Erie
46 2/3 IP | 2.89 ERA | 1.35 WHIP | 4-2 | 30 K | 13 BB |
Josh Turley finds his way back in the TigsTown Power Rankings after a solid week on the mound. Last week Turley won both of his starts, allowing just three earned-runs over 12 innings. The 24-year-old southpaw is 2-1 with a 3.34 ERA and a 1.38 WHIP over five starts this month -- a span of 29 2/3 innings.
6. OF Ross Kivett - A West Michigan
179 AB | .302 AVG | .755 OPS | 14 2B | 1 3B | 1 HR | 11 SB
Ross Kivett went just 7-for-28 (.250) this past week; he did however add two more doubles and three stolen bases. Kivett is batting an impressive .323 with a .784 OPS over 99 at-bats this month. The 23-year-old outfielder's 14 doubles are tied for third most in the MidWest League, and his 11 stolen bases are tied for 11th best on the circuit.
7. 3B Zach Shepherd - A West Michigan
149 AB | .275 AVG | .736 OPS | 11 2B | 1 3B | 2 3B | 0 SB
Zach Shepherd finds his way on the power rankings after an impressive hot streak at the plate. The 19-year-old Australian is batting .343 with three doubles, a home run and six walks over his last ten games. Thanks to his recent streak, Shepherd is boasting a respectable .307 batting-average with a .800 OPS over 75 at-bats this month.
8. 2B Javier Betancourt - A Lakeland
158 AB | .253 AVG | .616 OPS | 5 2B | 1 3B | 1 HR | 1 SB
Javier Betancourt has heated up a bit, batting .306 over his last ten games. After a slow start in April, Betancourt, the sixth-youngest player in the Florida State League, where average age is 22-23, is batting a respectable .280 over 93 at-bats this month.
9. 1B Dominic Ficociello - A Lakeland
170 AB | .306 AVG | .766 OPS | 6 2B | 2 3B | 2 HR | 1 SB
Dominic Ficociello has been on a tear lately, recording a hit in 18 of his last 19 games. Ficociello is batting .316 with a .739 OPS over 98 at-bats this month. His .306 batting average is currently tenth best in the Florida State League.
10. OF Daniel Fields - AAA Toledo
123 AB | .293 AVG | .943 OPS | 11 2B | 6 3B | 2 HR | 8 SB
Daniel Fields slides down the power rankings after another disappointing week that saw him go just 4-for-25 (.160) at the plate. After a red hot start, Fields has cooled off considerably, batting just .195 over his last 10 games. Despite his cold streak, Fields still leads the International League in triples with six, and his .872 OPS is sixth best on the circuit.