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 Michael Fulmer - AA Erie
105 2/3 IP | 1.79 ERA | 1.04 WHIP | 8-2 | 103 K | 26 BB |
A relatively unknown name entering the 2015 season with the New York Mets, Michael Fulmer skyrocketed up acquire lists and prospect rankings thanks to improved stuff, and a stellar first half. Recently acquired from the Mets in exchange for Yoenis Cespedes, Fulmer has tossed 12 2/3 shutout innings while striking out 11 over his first two starts with Double-A Erie, earning him the top spot in the latest edition of the power rankings. Fulmer was recently tabbed the Tigers 2nd best prospect in the updated TigsTown Midseason Top 50.
2. RHP Drew Smith - SS-A Connecticut
28 1/3 IP | 0.34 ERA | 0.71 WHIP | 2-0 | 34 K | 4 BB | 2 SV
Drew Smith, the Tigers 3rd rounder in the recent June Draft, continues dominate NYPL batters, holding them to a ridiculous .160 batting-average. The 21-year-old right-hander has a minuscule 0.34 ERA and 0.71 WHIP with 34 strikeouts to just 4 walks over 28 1/3 innings. Armed with an electric fastball that has reportedly scraped the high-90s, Smith was tabbed the Detroit Tigers MiLB Player of the Month in July, and was also recently selected to represent Connecticut in the NYPL All-Star Game.
3. RHP Tyler Alexander - SS-A Connecticut
25 IP | 0.72 ERA | 0.56 WHIP | 0-2 | 20 K | 4 BB | 0 SV
Tyler Alexander, the Tigers second rounder in the recent June Draft, has been nearly perfect thus far in his first pro season. The 21-year-old southpaw has allowed just two earned runs, both solo homers, over 25 innings at Connecticut. Alexander was previosuly tabbed the Tigers 8th best prospect in the TigsTown Midseason Top 50 prior to the trade deadline. Recently selected to represent the Tigers in the NYPL All-Start Game, the crafty southpaw has legit back of the rotation potential at the big-league level.
4. SS JaCoby Jones - AA Erie
423 AB | .262 AVG | .745 OPS | 19 2B | 3 3B | 14 HR | 19 SB
Acquired at the trade deadline from the Pittsburgh Pirates, infielder JaCoby Jones has been on fire since joining the Double-A Erie Seawolves. The 23-year-old former third-rounder is batting .294 with a 1.057 OPS and four stolen bases over his first 34 at-bats with the 'Wolves. Jones made his debut memorable, clubbing three home-runs in the final game of his first series with Erie. He recently ranked as the Tigers 9th best prospect in the updated TigsTown Midseason Top 50.
5. SP Beau Burrows - Rookie / GCL
19 IP | 1.89 ERA | 1.16 WHIP | 1-0 | 21 K | 10 BB | 0 SV
Beau Burrows, the Tigers first rounder in the recent June Draft, has settled in nicely after a mediocre debut. Since then, the 18-year-old right-hander has struck out 19 over 17 1/3 scoreless innings. Burrows was recently tabbed the Tigers 3rd best prospect in the updated TigsTown Midseason Top 50.
6. RHP Joe Jimenez - A West Michigan
34 IP | 1.59 ERA | 0.88 WHIP | 3-1 | 50 K | 10 BB | 14 SV
Joe Jimenez continues to thrive in his new late-inning relief role this season. The 20-year-old flame-thrower has a tidy 0.79 ERA with an impressive 28 strikeouts to just six walks over his last 22 2/3 innings. He is 14-for-17 in save opportunities and is holding opposing batters to a ridiculous .156 average at the plate. Jimenez has the mound presence and stuff to be a potential stud late-inning reliever at the big-league level.
7. RHP Gabe Hemmer - A+ Lakeland
51 1/3 IP | 1.05 ERA | 1.07 WHIP | 1-3 | 51 K | 14 BB | 3 SV
Gabe Hemmer has allowed just one earned-run over 16 1/3 innings since his promotion to Advanced-A Lakeland. Prospect status aside, the 25-year-old reliever continues to post impressive numbers at every stop. You can find video of Hemmer on the TigsTown YouTube page here: https://youtu.be/wBZlL7cIZ0M
8. OF Michael Gerber - A West Michigan
413 AB | .312 AVG | .859 OPS | 24 2B | 8 3B | 11 HR | 15 SB
Michael Gerber is 12-for-31 (.387) with a walk over his recent eight game hitting streak. The 23-year-old outfielder's .859 OPS is 2nd best, his .312 batting-average is 3rd best, and 52 RBI are 4th best in the MidWest League this season.
9. OF Christin Stewart - A West Michigan
160 AB | .288 AVG | .832 OPS | 8 2B | 3 3B | 5 HR | 4 SB
Christin Stewart continues to thrive at the plate, he's 11-for-36 (.306) over his last ten games. Stewart, the Tigers compensation pick in this past June's Draft has handled his promotion to Class-A West Michigan, batting .292 with a .767 OPS over 89 at-bats. The 21-year-old outfielder was also recently tabbed the Tigers 8th best prospect in the TigsTown Midseason Top 50.
10. SP Eudis Idrogo - Rookie / GCL
45 1/3 IP | 1.99 ERA | 0.90 WHIP | 5-2 | 47 K | 8 BB |
Eudis Idrogo has been one of the GCL Tigers most consistent arms since being sent back to rookie ball. The 20-year-old right-hander posted a respectable 2.53 ERA with 23 strikeouts over 21 1/3 innings in July. Picking up where he left off last month, he's off to a hot start in August, recording two wins with a tidy 0.64 ERA , 0.93 WHIP and 14 strikeouts to just two walks over 14 innings. You can find video of Idrogo on the TigsTown YouTube page here: https://youtu.be/atWrt3GA3ao