Tigers minor league report: Moya finally getting hot for Toledo

Lynn Henning
The Detroit News

Triple A Toledo

Who’s hot …

Steven Moya, OF: Could be a telling closeout for Moya, who’s batting .333 in his last 10 games, with three home runs. He’s hitting only .246, with a .728 OPS (including 21 homers) in 119 games. But having turned 24 a couple of weeks ago, the Tigers will hope 2016 clicks.

And who’s not …

Alberto Cabrera, RH reliever: Big arm, big challenges for a 26-year-old who was signed by the Tigers last December as a minor-league free agent. His damaging numbers in 42 games for the Mud Hens: 49 innings, 58 hits, 40 strikeouts, 24 walks, .294 opposing batting average. Pitched in the Cubs system, with a couple of brief stints at Wrigley Field, ahead of last December’s move to Detroit.

Double A Erie

Who’s hot …

Michael Fulmer, RH starter: Has had only one off-key start since joining the Tigers farm chain three weeks ago. Saturday night’s effort was more in tune (six innings, two hits, six strikeouts, one walk) with a 22-year-old who, in 20 starts in 2015, is 9-3, with a 1.95 ERA, and a 1.04 WHIP. Fulmer arrived courtesy of a deadline deal that sent Yoenis Cespedes to the Mets. He is 6-3, 200.

Dominic Ficociello, 1B: .438 in his last 10 games for Ficociello, a switch-hitter, who is 6-4, 205, and was a 12th-round pick by the Tigers in 2013 (University of Arkansas).

Harold Castro, 2B: Showing signs of life after a couple of bumpy years. Castro is batting .340 in August. He is 21, and a left-handed batter, 6-foot, 165, from Caracas, Venezuela.

Single A Lakeland

Who’s hot …

Kevin Ziomek, LH starter: Came within one out of a Saturday night no-hitter, and has a 2.79 ERA in his last 10 starts. Ziomek, 23, was a second-round pick by the Tigers in 2013 (Vanderbilt). On the season, he has a 1.21 WHIP and .254 opposing batting average, with 128 strikeouts in 1361/3 innings. He is 6-3, 200.

Whit Mayberry, RH reliever: 1.59 ERA in his last 10 games. Mayberry was a 21st-round pick in 2014 (Virginia). He is 25, stands 6-foot, weighs 190.

And who’s not …

Julio Felix, RH reliever: Not a pleasant summer for Felix, 23, who has a 7.04 ERA in his last 10 games and who’s at 5.47 in 24 games on the season. Felix’s WHIP is presentable (1.29), but too many hits (56 in 522/3 innings) has made it tough on a 12th-round draft pick from 2012 (Pima Community College).

Raph Rhymes, OF: Rugged summer for Rhymes, a 15th-round grab (Louisiana State) in 2013: .189 in his last 10 games, .215 on the year, with a .609 OPS.

Single A West Michigan

Who’s hot …

Christin Stewart, OF: Stewart was a second-round pick in June (University of Tennessee) whose forte was his left-handed bat. Nothing has changed at West Michigan, where he’s hitting .294 in his last 10 games, with three home runs. He has an .881 OPS in 37 games at West Michigan. Stewart, 21, is 6-foot, 205.

Joe Jimenez, RH reliever: Only question is: Will the Tigers promote Jimenez (6-3, 220) to Detroit next season, at age 21, when they’ve been content to let him take his time at West Michigan? He has pitched in 36 games for the Whitecaps, with stunning numbers: 0.87 WHIP, 1.66 ERA, with 22 hits and 55 strikeouts in 38 innings, against only 11 walks.

Single A Connecticut

Who’s hot …

Patrick Mackenzie, 2B: Royal Oak native and Central Michigan prodigy whom the Tigers snagged in June’s 28th round. He has been hitting, steadily, at Connecticut: .405 in his last 10 games, and .320 in 28 games overall. He is 5-8, 170, and bats left-handed.

Tyler Alexander, Drew Smith, Matt Hall, Gerson Moreno, Nate Fury: A battery of pitchers on manager Mike Rabelo’s staff have given the Tigers hope that, in tandem with July’s trades, a stream of arms is developing in a farm system that was running thin.

And who’s not …

Josh Lester, 3B: .135 in his last 10 games, and .227 in 42 games for the Tigers. Lester, 21, was a 13th-round pick in June (Missouri).

Gulf Coast League Rookie

Who’s hot …

Junnell Ledezma, 1B: Only 19, and a switch-hitter, Ledezma is batting .484 in his last 10 games (.336 in 39, with an .835 OPS). Ledezma is 5-9, 165, and was signed out of San Felipe, Venezuela.

Jose Azocar, OF: .500 in his last 10 games. Azocar, 19, is another from the Tigers’ Venezuelan hatchery, bats right-handed, is 5-11, 165.

Beau Burrows, RH starter: Tigers allowing him to finish out a sizzling first summer since they made him a first-round pick in June. In nine games (eight starts), Burrows has a 1.80 ERA and 1.08 WHIP. He is 6-2, 200, and from suburban Dallas.

And who’s not …

Mario Sanjur, C: Tigers don’t get too worked up over a teenager’s early numbers, and won’t be overly bothered that Sanjur, 19, is batting .173 with a .490 OPS. He is 5-7, 174, bats right-handed, and was signed out of Panama.