TigsTown Power Rankings: 4th Edition

Chris Cody has had one of the hottest starts of any pitcher in minor league baseball, but might someone else finally have bumped him from the top slot? And might this same pitcher be next in line for a shot in Detroit?

Note: The rankings are reflective of how the 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 special consideration is given to those that are actually prospects as opposed to minor league veterans.

Stats Updated as of 5/5

1. (LWR: 4) SP Virgil Vasquez (TOL)
Vasquez claims the top spot from Cody after seven more shutout innings, including 7 strikeouts

2. (LWR: 6) OF Mike Hernandez (LAK)
Hernandez begins to climb back up the rankings after a week in which he racked up four extra base hits and drove in nine for the Flying Tigers

3. (LWR: 3) SP Chris Cody (WMI)
Allowed four runs over six innings to force him out of the top spot, still has been one of the top pitchers in the organization through the first month

4. (LWR: 3) SP Dallas Trahern (ERI)
Trahern remains near the top of the list, though he struggled a bit more this past week, he still earned another victory to push his record to 5-0

5. (LWR: 9) OF Cameron Maybin (LAK)
Maybin didn't do a ton of damage with his bat (just a double and a triple for the week), but he crossed the plate eight times to continue making a big impact in Lakeland

6. (LWR: 2) 1B Jeff Larish (ERI)
Larish's power fell off some, but that's not hard to do considering the rate he's been hitting at; he added two more homers this past week

7. (LWR: NR) P Eulogio De La Cruz (ERI)
De La Cruz comes out of nowhere to appear at number seven on the list after pitching a complete game shutout, including 10 strikeouts

8. (LWR: 5) OF Justin Justice (LAK)
The Lakeland trio continues to remain near the top of the power rankings; Justice had a pair of extra base hits and took five walks

9. (LWR: 8) RP Brett Jensen (WMI)
Didn't do anything to warrant a drop, but hasn't been taking the mound all too often; added two more scoreless appearances to his stat line

10. (LWR: NR) 1B Ryan Roberson (LAK)
A monster week at the plate vaults him to the top; three doubles, a triple and a home run along with driving in seven runs put Roberson on the rankings for the first time this season

11. (LWR: 12) OF Timo Perez (TOL)
Perez continues to hit the cover off the ball for the ‘Hens, ripped four more extra base hits over the past week

12. (LWR: 13) SP Luke French (LAK)
French wasn't able to convert good pitching into victories for himself, but he gave up just two runs over a pair of starts in the past week

13. (LWR: NR) OF Deik Scram (WMI)
Scram rode a hit streak all through the week (that's still going) while hitting three extra base hits and raising his OPS over 200 points in just one week

14. (LWR: NR) 1B Ryan Strieby (WMI)
Strieby was on the doorstep last week and jumps onto the rankings this week, hitting over .400 for the week with two extra base hits, six RBI and five walks

15. (LWR: NR) OF Andres Torres (ERI)
Another player on the verge of the list, hit over .500 the past week while hitting four extra base hits for the ‘Wolves

Other Notables: RP Corey Hamman (TOL): 0 ER last two weeks; OF Ryan Raburn (TOL): 8-23, 2 2B, HR, 7 BB; OF Ovandy Suero (LAK): 10-21, 5 SB; SP Andrew Miller (LAK): 6 IP, 0 ER, 5 K; SP Angel Castro (WMI): 12 IP, 2 ER, 5 K; SP Duane Below (WMI): 6.2 IP, ER, 3 K; RP Jeff Gerbe (WMI): no ER last 3 weeks

Dropped from the Rankings: #7 SS Brent Dlugach (ERI), #10 2B Mike Hollimon (ERI), #11 SP Eleazar Aponte (LAK), #14 IF Mike Hessman (TOL), #15 OF Jeramy Laster (WMI)

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