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TRIPLE-A TOLEDO

Who's hot ...

Paul Voelker, RH reliever: Tough to beat a 0.00 ERA in a pitcher's last 10 stints. That's Volker's number for the past month. He's 2-0, with only nine hits allowed in 17 innings, spiced by 19 strikeouts and four walks. Voelker was a 10th-round pick by the Tigers in 2014, straight from Dallas Baptist, and has been a consistent back-end blowtorch throughout. He'll be seeing Comerica Park. Perhaps soon. 

Mikie Mahtook, OF: He probably shouldn't be playing at Toledo, but this Tigers outfield is crowded, and not even Jim Adduci, who's had a strong spring, nor hot prospect Christin Stewart, has much of a shot at seeing the Tigers clubhouse soon. Mahtook is hitting .308 in his last 10 games. He'll be back in the big leagues at some point, likely this season.

Victor Alcantara, RH reliever: No runs in his last four turns, three of which featured Alcantara allowing zero hits. Alcantara was one-half of the Tigers' trade that in 2016 sent Cameron Maybin to the Angels. On the season (18 games), Alcantara has a 3.28 ERA and 1.15 WHIP. He is 25. 

 And who's not ...

The Mud Hens have been playing commendable baseball in 2018 and deserve a doghouse-free day.

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DOUBLE-A ERIE

Who's hot ...

Jacob Robson, OF: This youngster appears bent on busting down Comerica Park's clubhouse door. He was drafted two years ago (eighth round, Mississippi State) and has done pretty much nothing but hit, and sprint, with a left-handed bat and a body no more imposing than 5-10, 175. He was born in London, Ontario, and lives in Windsor. He also happens to be batting .371 in his last 10 games, and .286, with an .810 OPS in 47 games for the SeaWolves.

A.J. Simcox, SS: Better times of late for Simcox, who has big-league credentials as a defender but needs that bat to evolve. He's batting .324 in his last 10 games. Simcox was a 14th-round pick in 2014 from the University of Tennessee.

John Schreiber, RH reliever: As is customary for Schreiber, he hasn't allowed a run in the past week. He has been tapped for two earned runs in his past 10 games. And he has yielded but six hits in 13.1 innings, while striking out 13 and walking four. On the year: 1.05 WHIP in 19 games, with a .196 enemy batting average. He was born in Wyandotte, grew up in Rockwood. He is 24 and was a 15th-round pick in 2016 (Northwestern Ohio).

Joe Navilhon, RH reliever: Pretty much the same story with Navilhon, who two years ago was grabbed from Southern Cal (21st round). As with Schreiber, he isn't much into donating runs: 1.50 ERA in 17 games (1.29 in his last 10), with a 1.00 WHIP and .216 opposing batting average. He has struck out 34 and walked a mere five in 24 innings. He's 6-foot, 200 pounds.

And who's not ...

Jake Rogers, C: Chopping down a bit on the strikeouts, but when you're hitting .139 in your last 10 games and .157 on the year, this is serious business. How soon until he heads back to Lakeland for a renewal? Has to be getting close.

SINGLE-A LAKELAND

Who's hot ...

Luke Burch, OF: He's made a nice adjustment to high Single A, batting .344 in nine games for the Flying Tigers after he got a promotion by swinging to the tune of .319 at West Michigan. Burch, 24, was a ninth-round pick last June (Kent State). He bats left-handed, is 6-2, 185, and can play center field.

Derek Hill, OF: Maybe he's coming around? It's getting late, but .391 in his last 10 games is a start. Hill was the Tigers' first-round pick in 2014, as the Tigers have been hoping to repress within their memory banks. 

And who's not ...

Anthony Pereira, 2B: Pretty much a lousy season for Pereira, who's at .199 in 45 games. He's 21, and that bat needs to get cooking. 

SINGLE-A WEST MICHIGAN

Who's hot ...

Burris Warner, RH reliever: 0.59 ERA in his last 10 games, 1.04 ERA for the year (15 games). He was a 22nd-round grab in 2016 (Marshall). During that 10-game stretch, Warner has struck out and walked five in 30.2 innings.

Garrett McCain, OF: Last year's 10th-round pick (Oklahoma State) has had a warm late-spring ride: .364 in his last 10 games.

Jordan Pearce, 1B: Has had a 10-game interlude during which he's hit .290. He bats left-handed and was a 21st-round draft pick last season out of the University of Nevada.

Joey Morgan, C: Better stretch for Morgan, a third-rounder last year (University of Washington). He's batting .281 in his last 10 games.

 And who's not ...    

Take a breather, Whitecaps. You've been toiling, if not spectacularly, acceptably.

 

  

    

    

 

 

    

      

    

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