August 10, 2014 at 1:00 am

Tigers minor league report: Double A Erie's Devon Travis hitting with authority

Second baseman Devon Travis is hitting .299 this season at Double A Erie. (Elizabeth Conley / Detroit News)

Triple A Toledo

Who’s hot …

James McCann, C: Has grown into a big leaguer and no doubt will be brought aboard, perhaps ahead of September. Is batting .400 in his last 10 games, .310 on the season. In those last 10 games, McCann has a .424 on-base average and .646 slugging percentage (1.070 OPS). He is 6-foot-2, 210, bats right-handed, and was the Tigers’ first pick in 2010 (University of Arkansas).

Tyler Collins, OF: More impressive than that .342 average and .904 OPS in his last 10 games has been his season on-base percentage of .340. Collins has 44 walks on the season. He is 24 years old, a left-handed batter, had some early appearances for the Tigers in 2014, and was a sixth-round draft pick in 2011 (Howard College).

And who’s not …

Danny Worth, IF: Batting .121 in his last 10 games. Worth is planning on playing for a different organization in 2015 after things didn’t work out with the Tigers. Latest stint in Toledo has probably sealed the deal.

Double A Erie

Who’s hot …

Dean Green, DH/1B: Green’s a hitter, not a fielder, and it’s his bat that’s been screaming for the past 10 days: .421, 1.067 OPS. On the season, he is batting .321, with six homers and an .821 OPS. He bats left-handed, is 6-4, 255, and was an 11th-round pick in 2011 (Barry University).

Devon Travis, 2B: Nothing changes with Travis: .341 in his last 10 games, .299 on the season. Travis has hit at every stop in the Tigers chain. He’ll figure in 2015’s big league scene — at some point, and somewhere. Travis was a 13th-round pick in 2012 after a four-year career at Florida State.

Buck Farmer, RH starter: Two solid starts since being promoted from low Single A West Michigan: 12 innings, 10 hits, four runs, 11 strikeouts, four walks. Farmer, 23, was a fifth-round pick in 2013 (Georgia Tech). He is 6-4, 225.

And who’s not …

Ramon Cabrera, C: He hit and hit through the season’s first half, but has been cold since: .225 in his last 10 games, .215 since the All-Star break. Cabrera is 24 years old, bats from both sides, and is 5-8, 195.

Single A Lakeland

Who’s hot …

Harold Castro, 2B: Back with a Tigers farm team after some mind-cleansing time at Tigertown, Castro, 20, is batting .341 in his last 10 games. He is working his way back to prospect prominence after signing in 2011 out of Caracas, Venezuela. Castro, a left-handed batter, is 6-foot, 165.

Connor Harrell, OF: Fought off a cold stretch and is hitting .333 (.998 OPS) in his last 10 games. Harrell was a seventh-round pick in 2013 (Vanderbilt). He is 6-3, 215, and bats right-handed.

Edgar De La Rosa, RH starter: 2.01 ERA in his last 10 starts, .187 opposing batting average. De La Rosa is 23, stands 6-6, weighs 239, and was signed in 2009 out of El Seibo, Dominican Republic.

And who’s not …

Due to a team’s obvious persistence and diligence, no failing grades this week for the Flying Tigers.

Single A West Michigan

Who’s hot …

Kevin Ziomek, RH starter: Had another standard-issue start Saturday against Lansing: six innings, three hits, one run, eight strikeouts, one walk. In his last 10 starts, he is 6-1, with a 2.37 ERA. On the season (20 starts): 2.31 ERA, .206 opposing batting average. Ziomek was the Tigers’ second-round pick in 2013 (Vanderbilt). He is 6-3, 200.

Zac Reininger, RH reliever: Quietly has had a good season for the Whitecaps: 1.50 ERA, .200 opposing batting average in his last 10 appearances. He is 21, stands 6-3, weighs 170, and was an eighth-round pick in 2013 (Hill Junior College).

And who’s not …

Whitecaps functioning acceptably ahead of their next checkup.

Single A Connecticut

Who’s hot …

Steven Fuentes, IF: .300 in his last 10 games. Fuentes is 19, a switch-hitter, checks in at 5-11, 180, and has been one of the upper-tier Tigers prospects since he was signed out of Caracas, Venezuela, in 2011.

And who’s not …

Ben Verlander, OF: Been a thorny year for Verlander, who began the season at West Michigan. He is batting .162 in his last 10 games at Connecticut. He was a 14th-round pick in 2013 (Old Dominion).

Gulf Coast League (rookie)

Who’s hot …

Oswaldo Castillo, RH starter: Only 17, Castillo, who was signed in 2012 out of Maracay, Venezuela, has a 3.23 ERA and .230 opposing batting average in eight starts, spanning 39 innings.

And who’s not …

Derek Hill, OF: Only a few weeks out of high school, and had an early injury. But the Tigers’ top pick from 2014 is adjusting to professional ball: .139 in his last 10 games. Better days ahead.