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. RHP Paul Voelker - AA Erie
41 1/3 IP | 1.74 ERA | 0.99 WHIP | May-00 | 51 K | 12 BB | 12 SV
Rinse and repeat: another impressive week for closer Paul Voelker. The 22-year-old right-hander earned his twelfth save of the season after tossing 3 1/3 scoreless innings, while striking out five over three appearances this past week. Armed with a mid-90s fastball, that touches as high as 97 mph and a potential plus slider, Voelker continues to establish himself as a rising prospect in Detroit's farm system.
2. LHP Josh Turley - AA Erie
91 2/3 IP | 2.75 ERA | 1.22 WHIP | 5-Aug | 62 K | 24 BB |
Josh Turley continues to climb up the power rankings after yet another impressive week. The 24-year-old left-hander earned his eighth win of the season, allowing just two earned-runs over seven strong innings. Turley has quietly put together an impressive streak, posting a tidy 2.31 ERA, 2.43 FIP and 0.97 WHIP over his last five starts.
3. OF Michael Gerber - A West Michigan
298 AB | .326 AVG | .865 OPS | 17 2B | 5 3B | 6 HR | 13 SB
After struggling for a few weeks, Michael Gerber has finally heated up a bit at the plate. Gerber is batting .300 over his last ten games, including a double, a triple and a home run this past week. The 22-year-old outfielder's .326 batting-average and .865 OPS are third and fifth best respectably on the MidWest League this season.
4. 3B Zach Shepherd - A West Michigan
256 AB | .270 AVG | .734 OPS | 17 2B | 1 3B | 3 HR | 3 SB
Zach Shepherd has been on a tear at the plate, batting an impressive .371 over his last ten games -- a span of 35 at-bats. Oddly enough, despite batting .333 over his last 16 games, the 19-year-old third-baseman hasn't had an extra-base hit since June 16th.
5. RHP Joe Jimenez - A West Michigan
25 IP | 1.80 ERA | 0.92 WHIP | Mar-15 | 39 K | 9 BB | 9 SV
Joe Jimenez notched two saves this past week, while striking out four over three scoreless innings. Jimenez has allowed just one earned-run since May 25th, a span of 13 2/3 innings. The 20-year-old right-hander will represent the Tigers in the MLB All-Star Futures Game on July 12th at 3pm.
6. 1B Dominic Ficociello - A+ Lakeland
301 AB | .302 AVG | .781 OPS | 13 2B | 3 3B | 5 HR | 2 SB
Dominic Ficociello has tormented Florida State League pitching lately. The 23-year-old first-baseman is batting .349 with two doubles, a triple and two home runs over his last ten games. Ficociello's .305 batting average and .781 OPS over 301 at-bats are fifth best in the FSL.
7. RHP Spencer Turnbull - A West Michigan
67 IP | 3.09 ERA | 1.42 WHIP | 2-Jun | 56 K | 38 BB |
Spencer Turnbull picked up his sixth win of the season, but he allowed four runs, thanks to ten base-runners over the six inning start. The 22-year-old right-hander has a solid 3.09 ERA over 67 innings thus far. Command comes and goes however, as shown in his elevated 1.42 WHIP.
8. OF Steven Moya - AAA Toledo
306 AB | .248 AVG | .744 OPS | 17 2B | 0 3B | 15 HR | 2 SB
Streaky Steven Moya has been on fire the past week. Moya is batting .333 with a double and six home runs over his last eight games. The 23-year-old outfielder has four home runs over his last three games.
9. SS Dixon Machado - AAA Toledo
301 AB | .272 AVG | .692 OPS | 15 2B | 0 3B | 4 HR | 11 SB
Dixon Machado slides down the power rankings after another disappointing week at the plate. The 23-year-old shortstop is batting just .179 over his last ten games -- a span of 39 at-bats. Despite his recent slide, Machado is still batting an impressive .272 with a .692 OPS this season for the MudHens.
10. OF Derek Hill - A West Michigan
200 AB | .240 AVG | .616 OPS | 6 2B | 4 3B | 0 HR | 25 SB
It's easy to scoff at the overall numbers, but Derek Hill has quietly turned things around at the plate. The 19-year-old outfielder is batting .273 over his last ten games. Despite having just a .306 on-base percentage, Hill's 25 steals are also fourth best in the MidWest League this season.