Notes: With the completion of Ramon Martinez's rehab assignment, Martinez went up to Detroit, and Andrew Good was sent back to Toledo to resume his position in the rotation. So, with his presence, the Mud Hens returned Mike Bynum to Erie.
TT Stat: Amazing the difference a day can make. After Jack Hannahan blasted three home runs on Sunday afternoon, his numbers across the board jumped. His average has been high all year, but with the slugfest, his slugging percentage jumped to .580. Already a player with solid gap power (second on the team with eight doubles), if Hannahan can develop a bit more of a home run swing, he could still yet be a presence at the big league level.
Notes: So far, it's been a confusing month for Nate Cornejo and those observing him. Cornejo has just one win despite appearing to pitch well, meanwhile, the organization isn't sure if this is just a veteran pitcher picking on younger hitters, or if Cornejo is truly progressing and may have a future yet. At some point in the next few months, Cornejo will get a challenge. How he responds to that will be telling to his future with the Tigers.
TT Stat: It's not hard to find notables when a team puts up 15 runs in a single game, but the surge by David Espinosa cannot be ignored. Besides walking twice as much as striking out, he's scored nine runs in his last five games at the top of the order, which now puts him at 20 for the season and is tied for the lead in the Eastern League.
Notes: Four starts in, and one thing is clear – Justin Verlander is much further along than just about anyone thought. Baseball America has even gone as far as questioning if Verlander was a legitimate top 10 pick, left him off their top 100 list, and questioned his talent. Verlander will likely get a promotion to Erie soon enough, at which point he'll likely get a much stiffer challenge.
TT Stat: Brent Clevlen still hasn't improved a dismal walk rate, but that hasn't changed his power run. Clevlen, with seven RBI in his last four games, is now up to 29 for the season. Not only does that lead the team, but that leads the league, with the next closest still three RBI behind him. Clevlen, also fourth in slugging, just needs to work on showing a bit more patience, otherwise when the hot streak falls off, his numbers could see the bottom fall out, much like last year.
Notes: One of the most confusing developments of the year has been the struggles of Stephen Young. The front office had high hopes for him after an impressive season with the GCL, but so far, it hasn't carried over. Young still doesn't have a hit, and with Brooks Colvin's hot start, has lost most of his playing time to him. With more errors (2) than walks and hits (1), Young will have to show signs of life, or he might get sent back to extended spring training.
TT Stat: Brent Dlugach had a rough first year with Oneonta, struggling at the plate, while battling stereotypes that he doesn't have the ideal body at 6' 5" to be a shortstop. Dlugach's .268 average isn't mind blowing, but his recent 6-for-10 surge over his last three games is a good sign, including scoring three runs, a double and a home run. It's not a world beater, but it's a strong statement from a player that hit just .213 with one home run in his first pro season.