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Who’s hot …

Jason Krizan, OF: Because there’s the usual jam-up of outfielders — Mike Gerber, Mikie Mahtook, Jim Adduci, etc. — it’s tough for Krizan to grab a 40-man roster spot and a ticket to Comerica Park. But if any of this spring rambunctiousness continues, he’ll play, somewhere. Krizan is batting .396 for the Mud Hens and .371 in his last 10 games. He is 28, hits left-handed, and was an eighth-round pick in 2011 out of Dallas Baptist.

Chad Huffman, DH: This man long ago gave up his “prospect” status, but doesn’t matter when you’re hitting .333. Huffman was a second-round pick by the Padres in 2006 out of Texas Christian and has 21 games of big-league experience. He signed with the Tigers last autumn as a minor-league free agent. He’s a right-handed stick — 6-foot-1, 215 pounds.

Kevin Comer, RH reliever: This was a talented prep star from New Jersey when the Blue Jays made him a sandwich-round (between first and second rounds) grab in 2011. He signed last autumn with the Tigers as a minor-league free agent, and do not underestimate his odds of seeing Detroit in 2018 — not when Comer hasn’t allowed a run in his last seven stints. He has a 1.84 ERA in 10 games, with an 0.82 WHIP. Enemy batters are hitting .170 against this gent, who is only 25 and who stands 6-3, 205.

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Ryan Carpenter, LH starter: Been getting a bit bruised since joining the Mud Hens rotation. Carpenter has a 5.77 ERA in six starts, with a 1.54 WHIP, and a .302 opposing batting average. The Tigers signed him late last year as, yes, a minor-league free agent, fresh from the Rockies system.

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Who’s hot …

Tyler Alexander, LH starter: He’s 3-0 in eight starts for the SeaWolves, with a 1.22 WHIP. Alexander could see Detroit, perhaps even this season, depending upon how rotation health and trades ensue. He was a second-rounder in 2015 from Texas Christian. He’s 23, and is 6-2, 205.

Beau Burrows, RH starter: Smooth, steady preparation for an eventual slot in the Tigers’ starting quintet. He has a 2.81 ERA and 1.17 WHIP in five starts. Burrows, 21, was the Tigers’ first-round choice in 2015 when he was a prep star from Weatherford, Texas. He’s 6-2, 200.

Dominic Ficociello, 1B: Hitting .316 in his last 10 games, although the overall season slugging percentage (.347) explains why this big switch-hitter and first baseman is still at Erie. Ficociello is 6-4, 200, and was a 12th-rounder from Arkansas in 2013.

Josh Lester, 3B: Lester, a left-handed hitter, is batting .324 in his last 10 games. He was a 13th-round grab by the Tigers in 2015 from the University of Missouri.

Mark Ecker, RH reliever: Another of those bullpen recruits who figures to pitch at Comerica Park, perhaps by next season. Ecker, 22, was a fifth-rounder from Texas A&M in 2016 and is handling matters niftily at Erie: 1.14 WHIP in 10 games, with 17 strikeouts in 14 innings.

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Jake Rogers, C: This will change, but Rogers hasn’t been doing anything at the plate during the season’s first month: .171 in his last 10 games and .174 overall, with a .430 OPS. This, from a guy who had an .817 OPS last season at three Single A stops. Rogers is 23, a superb defender, and played at Tulane ahead of the Astros drafting him in the third round in 2016.


Who’s hot …

Daz Cameron, CF: Warming up of late, batting .308 in his last 10 games, and .273 on the year, with a .360 on-base percentage. Cameron, 21, is a right-handed bat and was a first-rounder as a Georgia prep star when the Astros took him in 2015. He’s a sturdy 6-2, 195.

Alex Faedo, RH starter: No one’s hinting at any mid-season promotions for Faedo, but one’s coming if this keeps up: 2.34 ERA and 0.84 WHIP in six starts. Faedo, of course, was the Tigers’ first-round prize in last June’s draft after he helped the University of Florida to a NCAA championship.

Alfred Gutierrez, RH reliever: He’s averaging a strikeout per inning, and only six walks, in eight games, two of which were starts. Signed out of Nueva Esparta, Venezuela, Gutierrez, 22, has a 3.54 ERA and 1.23 WHIP.

Trent Szkutnik, LH reliever: He’s from Jackson and pitched at the University of Michigan ahead of the Tigers making him a 20th-round pick in 2014. In seven games for the Flying Tigers, Szkutnik, who is 6-1, 195, has an 0.71 ERA and 0.87 WHIP.

Joe Navilhon, RH reliever: A bit on the graybeard side for Single A, Navilhon, 24, was a Southern Cal prodigy when the Tigers drafted him in the 21st round in 2016. In nine games and 12 innings for the Flying Tigers, he has 17 strikeouts, with a 2.25 ERA and 1.00 WHIP.

Drew Carlton, RH reliever: He’s a Lakeland native who pitched at Florida State ahead of the Tigers snagging him last year in the draft’s 32nd round. Carlton, 22, has pitched neatly for the Flying Tigers: 3-0 in eight games, with a 1.04 WHIP.

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Anthony Pereira, 2B: Ouch: .152 in his last 10 games. Pereira, 21, was signed by the Tigers out of Tocuyito, Venezuela.


Who’s hot …

Reynaldo Rivera, 1B: Very good sign for a 20-year-old, that .916 OPS and .605 slugging percentage, thanks to three home runs and five doubles in 11 games. Rivera is a Puerto Rico native who was the Tigers’ second-round pick a year ago when he played at Chipola Junior College in the Florida panhandle. He is 6-6, 250, and bats left-handed.

Eudis Idrogo, LH starter: Good work in his five starts: 0.60 ERA, 0.97 WHIP, .202 opposing batting average. Idrogo, 22, was signed out of Anzoategui, Venezuela.

Clate Schmidt, RH reliever: He’s 24 and a bit long in the tooth for low Single A, but he was drafted only two years ago, out of Clemson, as a 20th-rounder, and his work to date has suggested he’ll soon enough be headed for Lakeland. Schmidt has a 3-0 record, a 2.79 ERA, and a 0.93 WHIP.

Oswaldo Castillo, RH reliever: Nice bullpen work by Castillo, 21, who has a 2.25 ERA and 1.19 WHIP, with 16 strikeouts in 16 innings. The Tigers signed him out of their Venezuela hatchery.

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Jordan Pearce, 1B: Batting .156 in his last 10, and .189 for the past month-plus, as Pearce, 21, and a 21st-round pick last June from the University of Nevada, fights a spring lull.