TigsTown Power Rankings: 12th Edition

Pitching has dominated the Power Rankings throughout the first half of the season, but in a week where it was the hitting that surged, did a position player finally jump up and grab the reins as the hottest player in the organization?

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 7/8

Rank Name Team Comments Last Week's Rank
1 Ryan Raburn TOL a double and three homers boosts his OPS to almost .900 – and his 9 RBI on the week certainly helped get the team to first place N/A
2 Humberto Sanchez TOL hasn't done anything to warrant losing his spot, and his inning in the Futures Game just re-enforces the fact that he's the real deal 2
3 Jair Jurrjens ERI continues to quietly dominate even after his promotion to double-A; proving his TigsTown Top 5 ranking wasn't a joke 1
4 Brennan Boesch ONE Boesch ripped five extra base hits and drove in six, has been the best hitter in the initial weeks for the O-Tigers N/A
5 Mike Hollimon WMI 4 extra base hits in the past week, and his ranking is likely to stay high with his cycle on Sunday 8
6 David Espinosa TOL jumped out of nowhere to have 2 spectacular weeks – 5 triples are among his 10 total XBH over the past 2 weeks; his OPS jumped more than 100 points over that span N/A
7 Jordan Tata TOL his CG shutout, allowing just 3 hits, was quite the showing – too bad he's being out-shined by so many other great prospects N/A
8 Matt O'Brien ONE picked up a win while allowing just 3 runs in 13 innings – makes some wonder why he didn't get a chance in West Michigan earlier in the year N/A
9 Josh Phelps TOL blasted 4 homers and drove in 8 runs as he was yet another reason why Toledo has surged the past couple weeks 14
10 Brett Jensen ONE 3 save ops, 3 saves – can't ask for much more out of your closer, especially when of his 7 outs, 3 were strikeouts N/A
11 Cameron Maybin WMI obviously wouldn't be down low for long – went 10-21 with 3 stolen bases before making his way to represent Detroit in the futures game 19
12 Sendy Vasquez WMI earned a win via 6 shutout innings – there simply isn't enough room on the list for all 5 of the ‘Caps starters N/A
13 Nate Bumstead ERI just 2 runs allowed as he picked up a win in his 2 starts for the week – also struck out 11 in 11 2/3 innings N/A
14 Gorkys Hernandez GCT went 9-20 as he's been the hot hitter on the back fields down in Lakeland; also ripped a pair of doubles N/A
15 Eulogio de la Cruz ERI one of the streakiest pitchers in '06, hasn't given up a run in his last 12 1/3 innings, including 10 strikeouts N/A
16 Jeff Larish LAK been the best hitter for Lakeland all year long – so when he just hits a couple homers, he stays on despite the hot week so many had 6
17 Kevin Ardoin LAK continues to be effective without dominating stuff, gave up a run in 6 innings in his last start 5
18 Anthony Claggett WMI finally allowed a run, proving he is in fact human after all – his ERA is still a miniscule 0.45 and he struck out 4 in his 3 1/3 innings 3
19 Eleazar Aponte GCT Aponte came in for Kyle Sleeth and was spectacular, warranting his inclusion on the list – 7 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 8 K N/A
20 Ronnie Bourquin ONE 2 doubles and a triple is nice – 7 walks is a great stat for a rookie to sport N/A

Players That Dropped Off: Ramon Garcia, Burke Badenhop, Orlando Perdomo, Andrew Kown, Dallas Trahern, Clete Thomas, Chris Spurling, P.J. Finigan, Kody Kirkland, Luke French, Kevin Whelan, Mike Rabelo

Players Knocking on the Door: Ryan Ludwick (2B, 3B, 2 HR), Brent Clevlen (2B, 2 HR, 7 RBI), Justin Justice (2 2B, HR), Josh Rainwater (6.1 IP, W, 7 K), Erik Averill (13 IP, 4 ER, 13 K, L), Scott Sizemore (19 R in 17 G), Chris Cody (2 G, 10 IP, W, 8 K), Chris Carlson (2B, 2 HR)

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