Curious which Tigers minor leaguers are hot? The TigsTown Power Rankings has you covered, updating the top ten players and pitchers in the org based on recent performance.
As a reminder, the weekly rankings do not reflect 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 Wynton Bernard - AA Erie
175 AB | .314 AVG | .851 OPS | 15 2B | 1 3B | 2 HR | 11 SB
Wynton Bernard takes over the top spot in the power rankings after putting together an impressive month of May that saw him record a hit in 28 of 30 games. The 24 year-old outfielder hit an impressive .354 with a .885 OPS over 99 at-bats. Bernard's name is found all over the Eastern League's leaderboard, including his 15 doubles (4th), 11 stolen bases (5th) and .314 batting average (11th).
2. OF Michael Gerber - A West Michigan
188 AB | .362 AVG | .927 OPS | 10 2B | 2 3B | 4 HR | 13 SB
Michael Gerber went 6-for-23 (.261) since we last checked in. Gerber finishes the month of May with a ridiculous .381 batting-average and 1.011 OPS over 113 at-bats. The 22-year-old outfielder's .362 batting-average is tops in the MidWest League and his .927 OPS is third best on the circuit.
3. DH Dean Green - AA Erie
138 AB | .341 AVG | .962 OPS | 7 2B | 0 3B | 7 HR | 0 SB
Dean Green went 4-for-12 (.333) with two walks and two home runs in limited action this past week. The 25-year-old DH hit .317 with a .896 OPS over 104 at-bats this past month. Green's .962 OPS currently leads the Eastern League, and his .341 batting-average is second best on the circuit.
4. SS Dixon Machado - AAA Toledo
167 AB | .287 AVG | .696 OPS | 6 2B | 0 3B | 1 HR | 6 SB
Dixon Machado returns to Triple-A Toledo after a cup of coffee with the big league club. Machado has been swinging a hot bat, going 7-for-23 (.304) with three walks and a stolen base. The 23-year-old slick fielding shortstop finishes May batting .259 with a .650 OPS over 85 at-bats.
5. 2B Javier Betancourt - A Lakeland
177 AB | .260 AVG | .639 OPS | 6 2B | 2 3B | 1 HR | 1 SB
Javier Betancourt continues to swing a hot bat, the second-baseman is batting .294 over his last ten games. After a slow start in April, Betancourt, the sixth-youngest player in the Florida State League, finishes May batting a respectable .284 with a .701 OPS over 116 at-bats.
6. OF Ross Kivett - A West Michigan
204 AB | .299 AVG | .755 OPS | 17 2B | 1 3B | 1 HR | 12 SB
Ross Kivett has hit just .227 over his last ten games -- 44 at-bats. Kivett put up an impressive May line however, batting .315 with a .779 OPS over 124 at-bats. The 23-year-old outfielder's 17 doubles are a MidWest League best, and his 12 stolen bases are tied for 13th best on the circuit.
7. LHP Josh Turley - AA Erie
51 2/3 IP | 2.79 ERA | 1.37 WHIP | 4-3 | 35 K | 16 BB |
Josh Turley lost his lone start of the week, allowing one earned-run while striking out five over five innings. The 24-year-old southpaw is 2-1 with a 3.34 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP over his last four starts -- a span of 22 1/3 innings.
8. OF Steven Moya - AAA Toledo
172 AB | .250 AVG | .730 OPS | 12 2B | 0 3B | 7 HR | 0 SB
Steven Moya is heating up a bit, after a slow start since his promotion to Triple-A Toledo. The 23-year-old outfielder is batting .293 with three homers and 11 RBI over his last ten games -- 41 at-bats.
9. 3B Zach Shepherd - A West Michigan
166 AB | .271 AVG | .753 OPS | 14 2B | 1 3B | 2 3B | 1 SB
Zach Shepherd went just 4-for-17 (.235), but added seven walks since we last checked in. The 19-year-old Australian finishes May batting .293 with a .817 OPS over 92 at-bats.
10. OF Daniel Fields - AAA Toledo
171 AB | .269 AVG | .866 OPS | 14 2B | 6 3B | 3 HR | 9 SB
Daniel Fields' cold streak continues, as he has hit just 9-for-38 (.237) over his last ten games. After a red hot start that left Fields hitting .344 with a 1.087 OPS over 64 at-bats in April, the 24-year-old finishes May batting .224 with a .734 OPS over 107 at-bats. Despite his cold streak, Fields still leads the International League in triples with six, and his .872 OPS is sixth best on the circuit. Fields also continues to walk at a career best 14.8% clip.