6/9 Power Rankings: Voelker Keeps Dominating

While Michael Gerber keeps hitting the cover off the ball, a pair of relievers in A-ball are dominating in the late innings, including Paul Voelker, who has done it across two levels this spring.

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.

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1. OF Michael Gerber - A West Michigan
214 AB | .350 AVG | .919 OPS | 11 2B | 3 3B | 5 HR | 13 SB
Michael Gerber went 7-for-26 (.269) with a double, a triple and a homer since we last checked in. The 22-year-old outfielder's .350 batting-average remains tops in the MidWest League and his .919 OPS is currently third best on the circuit. Gerber was recently selected to represent the 'Caps in the Midwest League All-Star Classic at Dozer Park in Peoria, Illinois on Tuesday, June 23.


2. SS Dixon Machado - AAA Toledo
194 AB | .294 AVG | .708 OPS | 9 2B | 0 3B | 1 HR | 7 SB
Dixon Machado continues to swing a hot bat since his cup of coffee with the big league club. Machado is 15-for-42 (.357) over his last ten games. The 23-year-old slick fielding shortstop has three doubles, two walks, two stolen bases and seven runs scored over his last ten games.


3. OF Wynton Bernard - AA Erie
204 AB | .314 AVG | .777 OPS | 16 2B | 1 3B | 2 HR | 14 SB
Wynton Bernard went 9-for-29 (.310) with a double and three stolen bases since we last checked in. The 24 year-old's name is found all over the Eastern League's leaderboard, including his 16 doubles (2nd), 14 stolen bases (2nd) and .314 batting average (10th).


4. RHP Joe Jimenez - A West Michigan
17 2/3 IP | 2.04 ERA | 0.85 WHIP | 1-Mar | 32 K | 6 BB | 4 SV
Joe Jimenez needs to be promoted and put on a plane to Lakeland, FL. It's really that simple. The hard-throwing reliever is striking out 16.3 batters per nine, while holding the opposition to a minuscule .145 batting-average. Jimenez was recently selected to represent the 'Caps in the Midwest League All-Star Classic at Dozer Park in Peoria, Illinois on Tuesday, June 23.


5. RHP Paul Voelker - A+ Lakeland
29 IP | 1.86 ERA | 0.72 WHIP | Apr-00 | 37 K | 5 BB | 7 SV
Paul Voelker has absolutely shoved since his promotion to Advanced-A Lakeland. The 22-year-old hard-throwing reliever has allowed just two earned-runs while striking out 17 and issuing just one free pass over 13 innings. The opposition is batting just .159 against Voelker and he has picked up two wins and five saves as a Flying Tiger.


6. DH Dean Green - AA Erie
159 AB | .321 AVG | .962 OPS | 7 2B | 0 3B | 7 HR | 0 SB
Dean Green went just 4-for-21 (.190), but he added seven walks in limited action this past week. The 25-year-old DH slides down the power rankings a bit, after batting just .241 over his last ten games. Regardless, Green's .910 OPS is second best in the Eastern League, and his .321 batting-average is currently seventh best on the circuit.


7. 1B Dominic Ficociello - A+ Lakeland
207 AB | .309 AVG | .781 OPS | 8 2B | 2 3B | 3 HR | 2 SB
Dominic Ficociello continues to swing a hot bat for the Flying Tigers. The 23-year-old first-baseman is batting .333 over his last ten games -- a span of 33 at-bats. Ficociello's .309 batting average this season is currently the 5th best in the Florida State League. He was also recently selected to represent the Flying Tigers at the 54th annual FSL All-Star Game at Tradition Field in St. Lucie on Saturday, June 20 at 7:00 p.m.


8. RHP Spencer Turnbull - A West Michigan
51 2/3 IP | 2.96 ERA | 1.37 WHIP | 2-Apr | 44 K | 28 BB |
Spencer Turnbull earned his fourth win of the season last week, tossing six innings of shutout ball, allowing just one hit and three walks, while striking out six. After a rather mediocre April, the 22-year-old right-hander is 3-1 with a 2.51 ERA and 29 strikeouts over 32 1/3 innings since May 1st.


9. OF Derek Hill - A West Michigan
178 AB | .230 AVG | .597 OPS | 6 2B | 3 3B | 0 HR | 23 SB
Derek Hill got out of the gate slow this season, but he's quietly perking up at the plate. Over his last ten games, Hill is batting .324 with a double, three triples and seven stolen bases. Despite having just a .299 on-base percentage, Hill has managed to steal 23 bases this season, which is third most in the MidWest League.


10. RHP Guido Knudson - AAA Toledo
28 IP | 2.25 ERA | 1.18 WHIP | Jan-00 | 28 K | 12 BB | 1 SV
Guido Knudson has been on a tear since his promotion to Triple-A Toledo, allowing just one earned-run while striking out 12 over 10 2/3 innings. Knudson has posted a tidy 0.84 ERA and 0.84 WHIP at Toledo; more importantly, the stuff has taken a step forward, putting him in line for a potential call-up.



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