Tigers minor league report: Moya rediscovering stroke

Lynn Henning
The Detroit News

Triple A Toledo

Who's hot …

Steven Moya, OF: Slowly finding a groove the Tigers hope will put him on a path to Detroit. Moya in his last 10 games is batting .310, with three home runs. He, of course, is a left-handed batter, 23, who is measured at 6-foot-6.

Ian Krol, LH reliever: Still hasn't allowed a run in 11 games: 12.1 innings, four hits, 14 strikeouts, five walks. Polishing his breaking pitch. And when that's conquered, a 24-year-old pitcher will return to Detroit.

Guido Knudson, RH reliever: Has been very steady for the Mud Hens since advancing from Double A Erie: six games, 0.93 ERA, 0.93 WHIP, thanks to: 9.2 innings, five hits, 11 strikeouts, four walks. Knudson is 25, and was a 28th-round pick in 2011 (University of California-San Diego).

And who's not …

Ryan Perry, RH reliever: Had a splendid first four games for the Mud Hens, but the past three have been more than rough: two innings, nine hits, eight runs. Perry was the Tigers' first-round pick in 2008, pitched with the Tigers for a few seasons, and then was traded to Washington in 2011.

Double A Erie

Who's hot …

Wynton Bernard, OF: Batting .372 in his last 10 games as Tigers continue to believe they might have gotten some potential help from a minor league free agent signed in March 2014, after some injury-laden years in the Padres organization. Bernard, 24, is 6-2, 195, bats right-handed and in 43 games for the SeaWolves is hitting .314, with a .797 OPS.

Connor Harrell, OF: A little more like it of late for Harrell, who's batting .300 in his last 10 games. He is 6-3, 215, bats right-handed, and in 2013 was a seventh-round pick from Vanderbilt.

Jeff Ferrell, RH reliever: He's 24 and a 28th-round pick out of Pitt Community College (North Carolina) in 2010. Ferrell, who is 6-3, 185, has a 1.65 ERA and 1.16 WHIP in eight games. In 16.1 innings, he has 18 strikeouts and has walked three.

And who's not …

SeaWolves this week receive passing grades as the team heads into June.

Single A Lakeland

Who's hot …

Julio Felix, RH reliever: Turned 23 in February and was a 12th-round pick in 2012 (Pima Community College). Has had a solid spring with the Flying Tigers: 10 games, 22 innings, 3.27 ERA, 0.86 WHIP, 16 hits, 17 strikeouts, and three walks. He is 6-1, 210.

Paul Voelker, RH reliever: Continuing to flourish, as much at Lakeland as he was at West Michigan ahead of a promotion. In seven games for the Flying Tigers, Voelker has tossed nine innings, allowed six hits, struck out 13 and walked one. He is 22, goes 5-10, 185, and was a 10th-round pick last year (Dallas Baptist).

And who's not …

Curt Powell, 2B: Was having a blistering spring. But cooler realities have set in: .188 in his last 10 games. Powell, 24, was a 21st-round pick (Georgia) in 2013.

Single A West Michigan

Who's hot …

Michael Gerber, OF: Refuses to simmer down, which is how you move from one farm outpost to another. And it appears Gerber is all but ticketed for Lakeland as he continues to blast Midwest League pitching: .333 in his last 10 games, .366 on the season, with a .933 OPS. Gerber, 22, is 6-2, 175, bats left-handed and was a 15th-round pick in 2014 (Creighton).

Joe Jimenez, RH reliever: Another man who might soon be headed to Lakeland. Jimenez, 20, is one of the most talented prospects in the Tigers system. His numbers: 14 games, 2.51 ERA, 0.91 WHIP, 1.57 opposing batting average. He has thrown 14.1 innings, has allowed eight hits, struck out 24, and walked six.

And who's not …

Austin Schotts, OF: He was a third-round pick by the Tigers in 2012, but as has been the case with so many lower-round position players for the Tigers, it just hasn't happened for Schotts: .179 in his last 10 games, .241 on the season, with a .593 OPS.