Minor League Notebook: 6/1

The Tigers may have struggled in a tough loss against Kansas City, but their minor league clubs still combined to go 3-2 on the day (with Toledo playing a doubleheader). One of the notable performances was that from Kenny Baugh, who after a rough stretch in May proved he definitely hasn't lost it and will attempt to make a turnaround in June.

AAA Toledo 27-26, 3rd place in West division
The Mudhens had a doubleheader on Tuesday, splitting the games with Rochester. The Red Wings shutout the Mudhens in game 1, winning 8-0. Adrian Burnside went 3 2/3 innings, getting the loss - but the worst pitching performance can be attributed to Jimmy Haynes, who gave up 5 runs in his inning of work. The second game went much better for Toledo, despite quiet bats once again. John Ennis got the win to go to 5-5 on the season, while Franklyn German struck out the side to earn his 13th save of the year.

The Tigers added Jimmy Haynes to their AAA roster in hopes of adding another veteran that they could potentially bring up in case of injury. However, in 2 appearances Haynes has yet to look impressive, currently carrying an ERA of 22.50. There are a few veterans that could be potential call-ups for the Tigers (Pat Ahearne, Shane Loux), but don't expect Haynes to be one of them.

AA Erie 30-18, First place in South division
Erie won again on Tuesday night, taking down the Akron Zips 7-3. After a rough stretch, Kenny Baugh got back on track, going 7 innings with 2 earned runs while striking out 3. Offensively, David Espinosa launched a Home Run, as did Juan Tejada - who also had 2 other hits with 4 RBI.

Coming into the year, there were questions on whether or not Juan Tejada could ever hit for enough power to be a major league First Baseman. He's answered those questions, but in turn, has watched his batting average take a big dip. Tejada leads the team with 12 Home Runs and 37 RBI, but his .234 average is well below what he has shown in previous years. The power is good, but Tejada needs to keep that average up as well.

High-A Lakeland 22-32, Fifth place in West division
Lakeland lost a tough one on Tuesday, falling to Fort Myers 5-3 in 15 innings - one more inning than the Mudhens played in their doubleheader (in which both games were 7 innings long). Jeremy Johnson had a much more impressive outing, pitching 5 innings while allowing 2 earned runs. Unfortunately, the offense just wasn't able to do enough - as all the L-Tigers run production came via 3B Chris Maples, who went 3-for-6 with a Home Run and 3 RBI.

Jeremy Johnson has been battling injuries, but he nonetheless has the potential to become a very good starter down the road. Johnson still doesn't turn 22 until July, so he has time, he just needs to stay on the mound consistently, or it will be impossible for him to get the innings necessary to continue making jumps up in competition.

Low-A West Michigan 21-31, Sixth place in Eastern division
The Whitecaps had an offensive explosion on Tuesday, destroying Fort Wayne 14-2. Andy Baldwin got the win for the Whitecaps as he improved to 7-3 on the year, giving up a run in 6 innings of work. Everyone got in on the fun offensively, with 4 players (Jason Knoedler, Luis Sabino, Danilo Sanchez and Eric Rodland) hitting Home Runs.

Eric Rodland lost his double play teammate when Tony Giarratano was promoted to the L-Tigers, but it obviously hasn't effected his offense. He still needs to increase his patience at the plate (10 walks to 32 strikeouts), and he's definitely playing below his age as a 24-year old in low-A ball, but he has still made his presence felt on a team void of star-caliber players.

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