6/30 Power Rankings: Voelker Vaults to Top

Paul Voelker has burst onto the scene this season with dominating work for the Whitecaps and Flying Tigers. So much so that he's pushed his way to the top of the power rankings.

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. RHP Paul Voelker - AA Erie
38 IP | 1.89 ERA | 0.95 WHIP | 5-0 | 46 K | 10 BB | 9 SV
Paul Voelker finds himself in the top spot of the power rankings after yet another impressive week. The 22-year-old right-hander earned his ninth save of the season after tossing two scoreless innings. Voelker recently earned a promotion to Double-A Erie, his second promotion of the season.


2. RHP Tommy Collier - AA Erie
88 IP | 2.05 ERA | 1.10 WHIP | 5-4 | 66 K | 22 BB |
Tommy Collier climbs up the rankings five spots after scattering six hits and two walks over seven innings, while earning his second win at Double-A Erie. The 25-year-old right-hander is 2-0 with a tidy 1.99 ERA and 1.06 WHIP over 40 2/3 innings with the SeaWolves. Credit where credit is due, Collier has been one of the more dependable arms in Erie's rotation this season.


3. RHP Spencer Turnbull - A West Michigan
61 IP | 2.80 ERA | 1.39 WHIP | 5-2 | 52 K | 34 BB |
Spencer Turnbull was chased out of the game in the fourth inning of his lone start of the week. Lasting just 3 2/3 innings, Turnbull struggled with command, allowing four hits and four walks, yielding two earned-runs. The 22-year-old right-hander finishes June with an impressive 1.17 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and 14 strikeouts over 15 1/3 innings.


4. SS Dixon Machado - AAA Toledo
273 AB | .278 AVG | .701 OPS | 12 2B | 0 3B | 4 HR | 10 SB
Dixon Machado went just 4-for-22 (.182 AVG), failing to record an extra-base hit or walk this past week. Despite cooling down a bit this past week, the 23-year-old shortstop is batting a respectable .264 with a .707 OPS over 106 at-bats this month.


5. LHP Josh Turley - AA Erie
76 2/3 IP | 3.05 ERA | 1.29 WHIP | 6-5 | 53 K | 24 BB |
Josh Turley climbs up the power rankings to the five spot after tossing an eight inning gem on the 26th. The 24-year-old left-hander struck out six over eight shutout innings against the Altoona Curve. Turley quietly shoved this month, posting a 2.73 ERA and 1.00 WHIP while striking out 24 over 33 innings.


6. RHP Joe Jimenez - A West Michigan
22 IP | 2.05 ERA | 1.00 WHIP | 3-1 | 35 K | 8 BB | 7 SV
Joe Jimenez earned a one out save and allowed and earned run over two short 1/3 inning appearances this past week. The 20-year-old right-hander was also selected to represent the Tigers in the MLB All-Star Futures Game on July 12th at 3pm.


7. OF Ross Kivett - A West Michigan
285 AB | .309 AVG | .775 OPS | 22 2B | 1 3B | 3 HR | 18 SB
Ross Kivett went 8-for-20 (.400 AVG) with a double, five runs-batted-in and two stolen bases this past week. The former 6th rounder is batting .333 with a .825 OPS over 81 at-bats this month.


8. 3B Jefry Marte - AAA Toledo
275 AB | .265 AVG | .814 OPS | 19 2B | 3 3B | 12 HR | 6 SB
Jefry Marte earns a spot on the power rankings after some consistent production for the 'Hens at the plate. Marte is batting .350 with nine extra-base hits (four homers) over his last ten games. The 24-year-old third-baseman has posted an impressive .310 batting-average and .973 OPS over 100 at-bats this month.


9. OF Michael Gerber - A West Michigan
270 AB | .326 AVG | .865 OPS | 16 2B | 4 3B | 5 HR | 13 SB
Michael Gerber's slide continued this past week as Gerber went just 5-for-22 (.227 AVG). After tearing up the MidWest League in April and May, Gerber has struggled mightily in June, batting just .244 over 82 at-bats this month. Poor production this month has caused the 22-year-old outfielder's batting-average to fall from tops in the MWL to third best on the circuit.


10. OF Wynton Bernard - AA Erie
281 AB | .306 AVG | .742 OPS | 18 2B | 1 3B | 2 HR | 20 SB
Wynton Bernard went just 5-for-22 (.227) this past week; and he's batting just .242 over his last ten games. Despite the cold streak at the plate, the 24 year-old's name remains all over the Eastern League's leaderboard, including his 20 stolen bases (2nd), 18 doubles (7th) and .306 batting average (8th).



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