TigsTown Power Rankings: 9th Edition

The midseason break for farm teams is rapidly approaching, but clubs hitters are just starting to heat up. Despite the push from the position players, a pitcher remained atop the board - who claimed the top slot?

Note: The rankings are reflective of the how player has been playing as of late, and are not meant to replace the TigsTown Top 50 rankings. This list includes all players in the minor leagues, but not all are technically prospects. We'll include any standout performances as they warrant inclusion, but it's unlikely someone like Chad Durbin will find himself on the list.

Stats Updated as of 6/10

Rank Name Team Comments Last Week's Rank
1 Humberto Sanchez ERI Sanchez made his Triple-A debut with a strong performance; he returns to Erie, but maybe not for too long 1
2 Ramon Garcia WMI Garcia moves a spot closer to regaining the top slot getting back in the win column, giving up a run in 5 innings 3
3 Jair Jurrjens LAK Jurrjens picked up a win in 2 starts, even though he gave up 5 runs over those 2 starts, which is actually a ton for him 2
4 Jeff Larish ERI Larish didn't have a great all-around week, but he can hang his hat on the fact that he hit 4 long balls, safely securing a jump up the board 10
5 Kevin Ardoin LAK Ardoin picked up a victory, giving up two runs over 6 innings in yet another strong performance 5
6 Ryan Raburn TOL a pair of doubles and a homer keeps Raburn near the top, though as hitters heat up in the summer months, he'll have to keep hitting to stay up top 4
7 Colby Lewis TOL continues to pitch well, picked up a win in 2 starts, allowing just 2 runs over 14 2/3 innings – might be positioning himself as ‘next in line' 9
8 Kody Kirkland ERI 4 doubles brought Kirkland's OPS back up above .800, continues to be a marvel in not walking yet getting pitches to hit and driving them 9
9 Mike Hernandez WMI Hernandez has a .937 OPS since arriving in Grand Rapids, making many wonder what took so long – 4 extra base hits again this past week 14
10 Andrew Kown LAK his lone outing this past week was a bad one (4.2 IP, 6 ER), but he'll get a pass after 2 spectacular months of pitching 6
11 Orlando Perdomo WMI fell mostly because he didn't get the opportunity to pick up a save, did go without giving up a run in his two innings though 8
12 Anthony Claggett WMI didn't give up a run in 3 more innings, continuing his impressive streak 16
13 Tony Giarratano ERI hit over .500 for the week, ripping a couple doubles on the way and crossing the plate five times; may finally be ready to turn the corner in Double-A 18
14 P.J. Finigan LAK another 4.1 IP without giving up a run, added 2 wins to his impressive line in the process 19
15 Mike Hollimon WMI almost hit .500 for the week, but more notably, hit 5 doubles and took 7 walks, showing that not only can he hit for power, but also get on base consistently N/A
16 Burke Badenhop WMI got a win for the club with a quality start, gave up a pair of runs with 5 K's 20
17 Dallas Trahern LAK fell a bit after a losing performance, but still not a poor week, giving up only 2 runs in 5-plus innings 15
18 Wil Ledezma TOL moves back into the top 20 with an 8 inning performance that gave him and the club a win; also hopes to be on Jim Leyland's short list N/A
19 Jack Hannahan TOL didn't get much of a shot in Detroit, but is trying to prove the team wrong; 4 doubles and a homer with 8 driven in was quite the return 19
20 Cameron Maybin WMI made his return in style, blasting a grand slam in just his 2nd game back – will likely move back up the list quickly N/A

Players That Dropped Off: #7 Nate Bumstead, #12 Jordan Tata, #13 Chris Maples, #17 Pedro Cotto

Players Knocking on the Door: Bobby Jones (6 IP, 2 ER, 6 K), Chris Spurling (SV, 3.2 IP, 3 K, no ER since 1st wk of May), Chris Robinson (4-12, 2B, HR, 5 RBI), Kevin Whelan (4 IP, 0 ER, 8 K, 3 SV), Erik Averill (14 IP, 4 ER, 11 K)

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