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 Beau Burrows - Rookie / GCL
25 IP | 1.80 ERA | 1.08 WHIP | 1-0 | 27 K | 11 BB |
Beau Burrows, the Tigers 18-year-old first-rounder struck out three over three scoreless innings this past week. Burrows is walking four batters per nine, but he's striking out over a batter per inning. Burrows is also keeping the ball in the yard; he hasn't allowed any home runs over 25 innings. Remove his debut outing, and Burrows has absolutely dominated the GCL posting a 1.16 ERA and a 0.99 WHIP with 25 strikeouts over 23 1/3 innings.
2. RHP Michael Fulmer - AA Erie
115 2/3 IP | 1.95 ERA | 1.04 WHIP | 9-3 | 113 K | 28 BB |
Michael Fulmer bounced back after a so-so performance his last time out. The 22-year-old right-handed allowed one run off just two hits and one walk, while striking out six in as many innings. Fulmer boasts an impressive 1.59 ERA and a 0.88 WHIP, while striking out 21 and walking just five over 22 2/3 innings since being acquired by the Detroit Tigers.
3. RHP Drew Smith - SS Connecticut
31 IP | 0.29 ERA | 0.71 WHIP | 3-0 | 38 K | 5 BB | 2 SV
Drew Smith was recently promoted to Class-A West Michigan, and rightfully so. Smith, the Tigers recent third-rounder was virtually untouchable in the the NYPL. This past week Smith represented the Connecticut Tigers in the NYPL All-Star Game, tossing a scoreless frame. Smith then earned his first win with the Whitecap, striking out two over the 1 2/3 inning appearance.
4. RHP Tyler Alexander - SS Connecticut
31 IP | 0.87 ERA | 0.52 WHIP | 0-2 | 27 K | 4 BB |
Tyler Alexander absolutely shoved once again this past week, tossing three clean innings, while striking out four. Alexander, the Tigers recent second-rounder, also represented the Connecticut Tigers in the NYPL All-Star Game, but did not see any action. The 21-year-old southpaw boasts an ridiculous 0.87 ERA and 0.52 WHIP with 27 strikeouts and just four walks over 31 innings.
5. OF Christin Stewart - A West Michigan
208 AB | .293 AVG | .889 OPS | 13 2B | 4 3B | 8 HR | 5 SB
Christin Stewart continues to be the 'Caps most consistent bat as they make their playoff push. Stewart is batting .313 with an impressive 1.106 OPS over his last ten games. The 21 year-old outfielder is batting .293 with an .889 OPS over 38 games since his promotion. to West Michigan.
6. OF Wynton Bernard - AA Erie
478 AB | .293 AVG | .729 OPS | 25 2B | 6 3B | 3 HR | 38 SB
Wynton Bernard has been on fire, batting .400 over his last ten games, and .352 with a .847 OPS in the month of August. Bernard's name can be found all over the Eastern League's batting leaders. His 38 stolen bases lead the league, his 68 runs scored and six triples are second best, his 25 doubles are sixth best and his .293 batting-average is ninth best on the circuit. Bernard also recently became the first player in SeaWolves history to collect 140 hits and 30 stolen bases in one season.
7. LHP Kevin Ziomek - A+ Lakeland
136 1/3 IP | 3.70 ERA | 1.21 WHIP | 7-10 | 128 K | 32 BB |
This past week Kevin Ziomek earned his seventh win of the season, allowing just one earned-run off two hits and two walks over 6 2/3 innings. The 23-year-old southpaw has been Lakeland's most consistent starting pitcher in the second half, posting a respectable 2.81 ERA with 57 strikeouts over 64 innings. Ziomek, the Tigers second-rounder form 2013 also leads the Florida State League in strikeouts.
8. 1B Dominic Ficociello - AA Erie
435 AB | .303 AVG | .784 OPS | 24 2B | 5 3B | 6 HR | 2 SB
Dominic Ficociello has very quietly put together an impressive season between Advanced-A Lakeland and Double-A Erie. After a rough July, Ficociello has heated up, batting .426 with a 1.029 OPS over 54 at-bats in the month of August. Ficociello's improving bat and outstanding defense make him am interesting prospect moving forward.
9. OF Jose Azocar - Rookie / GCL
193 AB | .290 AVG | .700 OPS | 10 2B | 4 3B | 0 HR | 5 SB
Jose Azocar has been a beast at the plate, batting .427 with six doubles and three triples over 75 at-bats this month. The 19-year-old outfielder has also flashed solid defense and an above-average arm, recording eighth assists over 47 games in the Gulf Coast League. Azocar's .322 batting-average is fourth best, and his four triples are tied for seventh best in the GCL.
10. RHP Sandy Baez - SS Connecticut
52 IP | 3.98 ERA | 1.44 WHIP | 3-3 | 40 K | 15 BB |
It's easy to scoff at the overall season line, but Sandy Baez has turned things around the past couple months. The 21-year-old right-hander is 2-0 with a 1.50 ERA, 0.96 WHIP and 17 strikeouts to just three walks over four August starts -- a span of 24 innings. Looking back even further, Baez boasts a respectable 2.19 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP with 28 strikeouts over his last 37 innings.