July 13, 2014 at 1:00 am

Tigers minor league report: 1B Jordan Lennerton perking up at the plate in Toledo

Tigers' Jordan Lennerton is hitting .290 in his last 10 games before Sunday, with an .808 OPS. (Robin Buckson / Detroit News)

Triple A Toledo

Who’s hot …

James McCann, C: Hitting .378 in his last 10 games, .290 for 2014, and will either be working in Detroit or elsewhere by 2015. Still needs to show more power, but had a pair of doubles Saturday. He was the Tigers’ top pick in 2011 (University of Arkansas), bats right-handed, and hits the tape and scales at 6-2, 210.

Ezequiel Carrera, OF: Who else? He’s batting .322 on the season and .390 in his last 10 games. A left-handed hitter, with speed, who last month turned 27 can’t land a big-league job? Tells you everything about outfielders and how difficult it is to crack a 25-man roster.

Jordan Lennerton, 1B: Finally getting that left-handed bat into gear: .290 in his last 10 games before Sunday, with an .808 OPS. Lennerton, 28, had a miserable first half after arriving at spring camp with front-office thoughts he might play in Detroit in 2014. He bats left-handed, measures 6-2, 230.

Justin Miller, RH reliever: He pitched earlier this season in Detroit, and looks as if he could earn a return trip, at least by September, given his overall season (2-0, 1.03 ERA), with emphasis on his last 10 games: 0.84 ERA, .162 opposing batting average.

And who’s not …

No somber stories this week at Toledo — people performing at past levels.

Double A Erie

Who’s hot …

Dean Green, DH: Boom! Green is batting .390 in his last 10 games, with an .858 OPS, and is hitting .310 on the year. He is a pure DH who can play a bit of first base, as well as a left-handed batter who is one of the bigger lads in the Tigers’ system: 6-4, 255. He was an 11th-round pick in 2011 (Barry University).

Steven Moya, OF: Possibly playing his way into Detroit’s 2015 picture with his first full season in years, and a breakthrough year at that: .293, with a 1.045 OPS in his last 10 games. A left-handed batter who is about the size of two Jose Altuves (6-6, 230), Moya has 22 home runs and 24 doubles this season.

Angel Nesbitt, RH reliever: Doing fine as he adjusts to a Double A promotion, Nesbitt has a .195 opposing batting average in his eight games at Erie with a 1.17 WHIP (walks plus hits per inning). He has 11 strikeouts and has allowed eight hits in 12 innings.

And who’s not …

Dixon Machado, SS: He had it going for a stretch, but in his last 10 games, a once-sterling prospect is back to old habits: .147 in his last 10 games. Machado, 22, is 6-1, 170, and bats right-handed.

Single A Lakeland

Who’s hot …

Edgar De La Rosa, RH starter: Was hurt early in the season, but has since returned to heights anticipated. In his last five starts spanning 3113 innings, De La Rosa, 23, has allowed two earned runs, 12 hits, while striking out 22, and walking nine. He is 6-6, 239, and could move to Erie and to Comerica Park’s doorstep at some point in 2015.

And who’s not …

Curt Powell, SS: This will not be an interlude Powell, 23, will remember with affection: .057 batting average in his last 10 games. Powell was a 21st-round pick in 2013 (University of Georgia).

Single A West Michigan

Who’s hot …

Dominic Ficociello, 1B: .381 in his last 10 games and .304 for 2014. Ficociello, 22, is a University of Arkansas product whom the Tigers twice drafted before he signed in 2013. He is a switch-hitter, 6-4, 205.

Javier Betancourt, 2B: .289 batting average with an .852 OPS and two home runs in his last 10 games, and showing more pop as a prospect who just turned 19 gets a bit sturdier. Betancourt bats right-handed, and is 6-foot, 180, from Santa Teresa, Venezuela.

Raph cq Rhymes, OF: .326 in his last 10 games. Rhymes, 24, was a 15th-round pick (Louisiana State) in 2013. He is 6-foot, 190, and bats right-handed.

Buck Farmer, RH starter: 0.50 ERA in his last three starts (2.79 on the season), with one earned run allowed in 18 innings, enhanced by 14 strikeouts and a lone walk. Farmer, 23, is 6-4, 225, and was a fifth-round pick in 2013 (Georgia Tech).

And who’s not …

Whitecaps have earned a week away from the hot seat. Performances have been on a par with talents, or lack thereof.

Single A Connecticut

Who’s hot …

Ross Kivett, OF: .314 in his last 10 games. Kivett, 22, was a sixth-round pick last month (Kansas State), is 6-1, 195, and bats right-handed.

Confesor Lara, RH starter: Has only been pitching for a couple of years and it’s apparent why the Tigers converted him from the position side: .188 opposing batting average in five games and three starts enveloping 2513 innings. He has struck out 23, allowed 18 hits, and walked eight. Lara, 23, is 6-2, 170.

And who’s not …

Jack Fischer, RH reliever: Fischer was last month’s 26th-round pick from Wake Forest and is not beginning pleasantly: 7.71 ERA in seven games.

Gulf Coast League (rookie)

Who’s hot …

Arvicent Perez, C: He is 20, signed out of Bolivar, Venezuela, in 2011, and has swung a right-handed bat niftily through 16 games: .360, with a 1.010 OPS. Perez is 5-10, 178.

Carlos Lara, RH reliever: Has slick numbers through five games and 13 innings: .170 opposing batting average, 18 strikeouts, five walks, eight hits. Lara is 6-2, 170, and is 20 years old.

And who’s not …

Brenny Paulino, RH reliever: Tough times for Paulino, 21, a once-impressive prospect who has missed the past two seasons with ligament and labrum issues. In five games for the GCL Tigers, he has a 10.80 ERA and a .393 opposing batting average. Paulino, 21, is 6-4, 170, and was signed in 2009 out of Nizao, Dominican Republic.