Tigers minor-league report: Machado up, Jones down

Lynn Henning
The Detroit News
Dixon Machado

TRIPLE A TOLEDO

Who’s hot …

Dixon Machado, SS: Amazing, how he can turn it on for long stretches. He’s batting .406 in his last 10 games and still behaving as if he could play, and soon, somewhere in the big leagues. The hot stuff started in June (.314). Given his defense and arm, and his age (turned 24 in February), he’s got more than a decent chance to play in Detroit. Or elsewhere.

And who’s not …

JaCoby Jones, CF: Players have these stretches. And Jones is experiencing a doozy: .147 in his last 10 games. He’ll snap out of it. But it’s another indicator why he was sent to Toledo, rather than to Detroit, after a dynamite stretch at Double A Erie.

DOUBLE A ERIE

Who’s hot …

Joe Jimenez, RH reliever: Might as well pencil him in as Erie’s weekly candidate for having done something noteworthy. He never changes. Best pitching prospect in the Tigers system. Probably its best overall performer. It’s hard to argue with near-perfection. His last 10 outings: 10 innings, six hits, one earned run, 18 strikeouts, three walks.

And who’s not …

Joe Mantiply, LH reliever: What happened to Mr. Steady? Not that much, really. Had a couple of lousy outings, which is why his ERA in his last 10 games is 6.52. He’s still pitched in 35 games, and on the season is at 3.60 with a 1.29 WHIP. Mantiply is 25 and has a shot at becoming a big-league situational left-hander.

Best, worst of Tigers' minor leagues at midseason

SINGLE A LAKELAND

Who’s hot …

Mike Gerber, OF: Batting .324 in his last 10 games and maintaining a nice summer rebound. He’s 23 and a left-handed batter who was a 15th-round pick (Creighton) in 2014.

And who’s not …

Ross Kivett, OF: Hasn’t been a smooth cruise in 2016 for Kivett, who once upon a time looked as if he was on his way. He’s a sixth-round pick (2014, Kansas State) who’s batting .194 in his last 10 games and only .210 on the season.

SINGLE A WEST MICHIGAN

Who’s hot …

Derek Hill, OF: Ticking upward, with a .302 average in his last 10 games and riding a handsome June. Still young (20), still a lot work to do on offense, but looking more legitimately like a first-round pick, which he was in 2014.

And who’s not …

Jonathan Maciel, RH reliever: Hardly a serene 2016 for Maciel, who carries a 6.12 ERA for 2016 and isn’t much better (5.82) in his last 10 games. He was an 18th-rounder (Long Beach State) in 2013.

SINGLE A CONNECTICUT

Who’s hot …

Cole Baumi, OF: He’s starting explosively: .390, with a .968 OPS, in 12 games at short-season Connecticut, which just got going with its 2016 schedule. Baumi is a left-handed batter, 23, and was a 10th-round pick in 2015 (Northern Kentucky). He is 6-foot-3, 205 pounds.

GULF COAST LEAGUE EAST (ROOKIE)

Who’s hot …

Bryan Tejeda, C: Lots of fresh names will be appearing in these GCL updates as the rookies begin their hot summer of clashes at Lakeland, Fla. Tejeda is 20, bats right-handed, is 6-foot, 190, and has begun briskly: .500 in seven games, with an 1.184 OPS. He has four doubles and a triple.

And who’s not …

Allan Santos, OF: Relax, Allan. You’re 18. It’s a new culture (Santos is from the Dominican Republic). And it’s early, which is why no one’s disturbed about seven games and a .154 average.

GULF COAST LEAGUE WEST (ROOKIE)

Who’s hot …

Randel Alcantara, 3B: A name to keep in mind as years unfurl. He’s 19, bats left-handed, is 6-1, 220, and in six games has a 1.012 OPS. A quality prospect entering the year, he’s beginning with a boom.

And who’s not …

Hector Martinez, 2B: Again, it’s the early days of GCL play, so no one’s cringing at a .125 effort in six games. Especially when you’re 19.

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