Tigers minor-league report: Krizan raking in Erie

Lynn Henning
The Detroit News
Jason Krizan


Who’s hot …

Miguel Gonzalez, C: Tigers signed him last autumn as a minor-league free agent after some earlier years with the White Sox. Still only 25, Gonzalez bats right-handed and is slamming it in the early weeks: .379 in 10 games, with two home runs and a 1.106 OPS.

And who’s not …

Steven Moya, OF: Started warmly, but has since chilled: 6-for-33, with no homers.


Who’s hot …

Jason Krizan, OF: .300 in 18 games, with two homers, four doubles, a triple, and an .848 OPS. Krizan is 26, bats left-handed, and was an eighth-round pick in 2011 (Dallas Baptist).

Paul Voelker, RH reliever: Has done nothing but pitch, with excellence, since the Tigers drafted him in 2014 (10th round, Dallas Baptist). It’s more of the same for the Sea Wolves in 2016: six games (5.1 innings), no runs, 10 strikeouts, one walk. Voelker, 23, is 5-10, 185, and is on a probable path to Detroit.

And who’s not …

Dean Green, DH/1B: Unusually frigid times for Green, given his past: .246 average, and .222 in his last 10 games. Destined to warm up.

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Who’s hot …

Grayson Greiner, C: Nice, and non-surprising, bounce-back for Greiner, who had a tough 2015. He’s batting .323 in nine games. Greiner was a third-round pick (2014, South Carolina). He’s extra-large (6-6, 220) and a right-handed batter.

Johan Belisario, RH reliever: Wouldn’t be surprising if Belisario pitched his way to Erie in 2016. He’s 22, has had a steadily upward arc, and is following past habits at Lakeland: 10 strikeouts and two walks in 8.1 innings. Belisario is 5-11, 165, and is another native Venezuelan.

And who’s not …

Mike Gerber, OF: Hot start, cold days of late: .176 in his last 10 games. Gerber was a 15th-round pick (Creighton) in 2014.

Joey Pankake, 2B: Same issue for Pankake: .185 in 15 games from a seventh-round pick (2014, South Carolina).

Zach Shepherd, 3B: Lots of former West Michigan Whitecaps stars are having a typically tough adjustment at high Single A. The group includes Shepherd, who in 14 games is batting an icy .182.


Who’s hot …

Will Maddox, 1B: .395 in 11 games, with a .934 OPS. Maddox is 23, a left-handed batter, and more than advanced for low Single A. He was a 18th-round pick in 2014 (University of Tennessee).

Beau Burrows, RH starter: Last year’s first-round pick stays on track: three starts, 13.2 innings, eight hits, 13 strikeouts, three walks. Burrows is 19, and is 6-2, 200.

Matt Hall, LH starter: Tough pitcher who has done nothing but impress since the Tigers nabbed him last June (sixth round, Missouri State). In three starts and 16.2 innings, Hall has struck out 16, walked five, and allowed nine hits. He is 6-foot, 200.

Jake Shull, RH reliever: An 11th-round pick in 2015 (Fresno State) has worked six games (9.1 innings), with no runs, five hits, seven strikeouts, two walks.

Gerson Moreno, RH reliever: Prospect with some potential. Moreno, 20, has thrown in five games (five innings) to the tune of five strikeouts, one walk, five hits, no runs, and two saves.

And who’s not …

Jonathan Maciel, RH reliever: Rugged month for Maciel, 22, who was an 18th-round pick (2013, Long Beach State): 9.72 ERA and 2.52 WHIP in four games. Opposing batting average: .476.