August 3, 2014 at 11:11 pm

Tigers minor league report: Toledo's Tyler Collins puts in dibs for September call-up

Outfielder Tyler Collins is hitting .324 in his last 10 games with Triple A Toledo. (Elizabeth Conley / Detroit News)

Triple A Toledo

Who’s hot …

Tyler Collins, OF: Picking it up in the second half, Collins, who was with the Tigers early in 2014, is batting .324 in his last 10 games, with a 1.067 OPS. He has three homers and a double during his latest streak. Collins, 24, bats left-handed and is a probable September call-up.

James McCann, C: The hits keep coming: .359 in his last 10 games and at .300 for the season. Not likely he’ll be spending 2015 in the minors. McCann, 24, and the Tigers’ top draft pick in 2010, is another likely September call-up. He’s a right-handed batter, 6-2, 210.

And who’s not …

Daniel Fields, OF: Rugged stretch for Fields, who missed much of the early season with a broken hand. In his last 10, Fields is hitting .171, with a .410 OPS. Season stats, spanning 60 games: .219, .621. He is 23, bats left-handed, and won a big bonus ($1.6 million) in 2009 to sign with Detroit after he finished a big prep career at University of Detroit Jesuit High.

Double A Erie

Who’s hot …

Devon Travis, 2B: Defense needs polish, but Travis is hitting his way ever closer to the big leagues: .461 in his last 10 games (1.087 OPS, thanks to three homers, one triple, two doubles), and .308 on the season. Travis bats right-handed, is 23, and is 5-9, 195.

Steven Moya, RH: .368 in his last 10 games, with four home runs. Moya, who next month turns 23, leads the league with 28 home runs. He bats left-handed, and hits the tape at 6-feet-6.

Dean Green, DH/1B: .382 in his last 10 games, with a 1.156 OPS. Green, 25, bats left-handed, and is a big one: 6-4, 255. He was an 11th-round pick in 2011 (Barry University).

And who’s not …

Jamie Johnson, OF: Ouch. Johnson’s last 10 games: .143, with a .418 OPS. He is 27 and was a seventh-round grab in 2009 (University of Oklahoma).

Single A Lakeland

Who’s hot …

Edgar De La Rosa, RH starter: Hard-thrower who’s coming along: .191 opposing batting average in his last 10 starts. Strikeout-to-walk ratio still needs work for a 6-6, 239-pound prospect out of El Seibo, Dominican Republic.

And who’s not …

Brennan Smith, RH reliever: Better in his last appearance (no hits, two strikeouts), but in his last 10 endeavors Smith has a 6.75 ERA. He turns 25 today and in 2010 was a 33rd-round pick (Bowling Green State).

Single A West Michigan

Grayson Greiner, C: Still behaving as if he intends to play in the big leagues sooner rather than later: .324 in his last 10 games, .322 on the season. He was drafted in June (third round, University of South Carolina). Greiner is 6-foot-6, 215 pounds, and bats right-handed.

Artie Lewicki, RH reliever: Fans of the College World Series might have seen Lewicki in June, when the Tigers snatched him in the eighth round (University of Virginia). In his last three games before Sunday for the Whitecaps, Lewicki (6-3, 195), has pitched eight innings, allowed three hits, struck out eight, and walked three.

Julio Felix, RH reliever: Has had a strong overall 2014, with a .214 opposing batting average in 36 games, which has dipped to .173 in his last 10. Felix, 22, was a 12th-round selection in 2012 (Pima Community College in Tucson, Arizona).

And who’s not …

The Whitecaps have escaped, for this week, any suggestions of under-performance.

Single A Connecticut

Who’s hot …

Joey Pankake, 3B/SS: Still sizzling eight weeks after the Tigers nabbed him (seventh round, University of South Carolina). Pankake is batting .474 in his last 10 games, with a 1.145 OPS. He is a right-handed batter who is 6-2, 185.

Steven Fuentes, 3B: .344 in his last 10 games, which is why Fuentes, 19, is one of the better young Tigers position prospects. Fuentes is a switch-hitter, 5-11, 180, and was signed in 2011 out of Caracas, Venezuela.

Joe Jimenez, RH reliever: Jimenez was one of the Tigers’ best young pitching prospects entering 2014 and won’t be downgraded in 2015. A 19-year-old, who is 6-3, 220, Jimenez in his last 10 efforts has a 1.35 ERA, a .152 opposing batting average, and has struck out 18 batters, while walking one (13.1 innings).

And who’s not …

Kasey Coffman, OF: He was chosen in last year’s draft (10th round, Arizona State) and is not having a particularly happy time of late: .125 in his last 10 games, with a .319 OPS.

Gulf Coast League (rookie)

Who’s hot …

Carlos Lara, RH reliever: In nine games, batters are surviving at a .162 rate as Lara has struck out 33 in 28 innings, allowing 16 hits. Lara, 20, is 6-2, 170, and was signed in 2011 out of Bani, Dominican Republic.

And who’s not …

Victor Padron, OF: Only batting .182 in his last 10 games, but has a .400 on-base percentage, thanks to eight walks. Padron is 20, stands 5-8, weighs 160, bats left-handed, and was signed in 2011 (Puerto Cabello, Venezuela).