Tigers minor league report: SS Machado tattooing ball at Toledo

Lynn Henning
The Detroit News
Dixon Machado is batting .366 with an .815 OPS in 10 games  with Triple A Toledo.

Triple A Toledo

Who's hot …

Dixon Machado, SS: Tigers would have made Machado their starting shortstop had Jose Iglesias not been 100 percent during spring camp. Machado smoked the ball in Florida after having put together a big second half at Double A Erie in 2014.

Machado is sticking with the script, batting .366 with an .815 OPS in 10 games for the Mud Hens. He is 23 years old, from Aragua, Venezuela, bats right-handed, and is listed at 6-1, 170.

Kyle Ryan, LH starter: Ryan nearly made the team out of Florida and now is back starting with the Mud Hens, and bidding for a return trip to Comerica Park. In two starts, he has a 2.53 ERA and a 0.84 WHIP. Ryan, 23, has allowed only five hits in 10.2 innings.

Buck Farmer, RH starter: Could easily be in Detroit's 2016 rotation. Farmer, 24, has a 0.90 ERA in two starts spanning 10 innings. He has struck out 14, walked two, and allowed six hits. Farmer was the Tigers' fifth-round pick in 2013, from Georgia Tech.

Alex Wilson, RH reliever: Tigers got Wilson in the Rick Porcello trade with Boston and Wilson has so far enjoyed Toledo: four games, with a 0.00 ERA. Wilson, 28, has pitched 5.1 innings, allowing four hits, one walk, and striking out five.

And who's not …

Bryan Holaday, C: Tough start for Holaday, who in time should find his way back to Detroit: .167 in six games.

Jose Valdez, RH reliever: Not a pretty first three games for Valdez, 25, who had his moments during spring camp. For the Mud Hens: 9.00 ERA in three games, thanks to four hits and two walks in three innings.

Double A Erie

Who's hot …

Dean Green, DH: Scalding start for Green, 25, who was an 11th-round pick in 2011. Green through nine games: .433, with a 1.228 OPS. Green, who bats left-handed, has two home runs and two doubles among his 13 hits. He is 6-4, 255, and played at Barry University.

Corey Jones, 3B: Jones is 27 and isn't exactly knocking at the big-league door, but he has started smartly for the SeaWolves: .382 in 10 games.

Jeff McVaney, OF: .364 with a .978 OPS in nine games. McVaney, 24, was an eighth-round pick in 2012 (Texas State). He bats right-handed and measures 6-2, 217 pounds.

Josh Turley, LH starter: Knuckleball is still part of Turley's tool kit, which has been impressive through two starts: 1.64 ERA and 1.18 WHIP. Turley, 24, was a 16th-round draft choice (Baylor) in 2012.

And who's not …

Chad Green, RH starter: 5.63 ERA and 1.75 WHIP in two games. Problems with too many hits (nine) and walks (five) in eight innings. He was grabbed by the Tigers in the 11th round of the 2013 after pitching at Louisville.

Single A Lakeland

Who's hot …

Zac Reininger, RH reliever: Three games, seven innings, three hits, no runs, seven strikeouts for Reininger, 22, an eighth-round snare by the Tigers in 2013, when Reininger was pitching for Hill Junior College. He is 6-3, 170.

Confesor Lara, RH reliever: 1.35 ERA and 0.90 WHIP in three games for Lara, 24, who is 6-2, 170, and who was signed out of the Dominican Republic. He has nine strikeouts in 6.2 innings.

Joe Rogers, LH reliever: Fifth-round pick (Central Florida) in 2012, Rogers has pitched in four games, and hasn't allowed a run in six innings. Totals: three hits, five strikeouts.

Tommy Collier, RH starter: Two starts, two runs in 12 innings for Collier, 25, who came to the Tigers via the 2011 draft (22nd round, San Jacinto Community College). Collier has a 1.50 ERA and a 0.92 WHIP.

And who's not …

Grayson Greiner, C: His bat will come around, but it's been a frosty start in the Florida State League for Greiner: .152 batting average in eight games. Greiner was a third-round pick in 2014 (University of South Carolina).

Single A West Michigan

Who's hot …

Will Maddox, 1B: .405, with an .868 OPS for Maddox, 22, a left-handed hitter and an 18th-round draft pick (Tennessee) in 2014. He bats left-handed, stands 5-10, weighs 180.

David Gonzalez, 2B: .313 in six games for Gonzalez, 21, who was signed in 2011 out of Valencia, Venezuela. He is 5-9, 140, and bats right-handed.

Ross Kivett, OF: Sixth-round pick in 2014 (Kansas State) who pleased the Tigers with his spring-training offense. Kivett, who swings right-handed, is batting .310 in 11 games.

Spencer Turnbull, RH starter: Plucked by the Tigers in last June's draft (second round, Alabama) and has started niftily for the Whitecaps: two games, 11 innings, six hits, 11 strikeouts, .167 opposing batting average. He is 6-3, 215.

Johan Belisario, RH reliever: Four hits in 6.1 innings, with five strikeouts, for Belisario, 21, who is another of the Tigers' imports from Venezuela. He is 5-11, 165.

Gabe Hemmer, RH reliever: .200 opponent batting average in five games for Hemmer, a 24th-round pick in 2014 (San Diego Christian).

Fernando Perez, RH starter: Only 21, Perez had seven strikeouts, one walk, and allowed three hits in his five-inning 2015 debut. He was signed out of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

Joe Jimenez, RH reliever: One of the Tigers' upper-shelf pitching prospects, Jimenez has had bit roles in four games: 2.1 innings, no hits, four strikeouts. He turned 20 in January and was signed out of the Puerto Rico Baseball Academy in 2013. Jimenez is 6-3, 220.

And who's not …

Jeff Thompson, RH starter: Rough couple of outings for Thompson, 23, who was Detroit's third-round pick (Louisville) in 2013: 7.56 ERA, 1.68 WHIP, and .294 enemy batting average.