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Tigers minor-league report: Krizan, Adduci keep hitting, but there's no room in Detroit

Lynn Henning
The Detroit News
Jason Krizan


Who’s hot …

Jason Krizan, OF: Not clear if he’ll ever get a big-league chance, but in plenty of seasons a guy who has hit .300-plus for two months at Triple A would be sniffing Comerica Park. Krizan’s problem in batting .308 on the season, with an .880 OPS, is tidily explained: The Tigers have too many big-league-grade outfielders. Mikie Mahtook and Jim Adduci are locked in there. And so is Krizan, an eighth-round pick by the Tigers in 2011 (Dallas Baptist).

Jim Adduci, OF: Speaking of Adduci, who was ever-helpful in 2017, he should be playing somewhere in the big leagues. But that’s the plight of an outfielder, even when he’s hitting .317 in his last 10, .303 on the year, with six homers and an .858 OPS. Adduci is 33 and has played for the Rangers and Tigers.

Victor Alcantara, RH reliever: He hasn’t allowed a run in six consecutive games, and on the season sits with a 2.95 ERA and 1.09 WHIP. The Tigers got him in their 2016 trade of Cameron Maybin to the Angels. He’s 25.

And who’s not …

Christin Stewart, OF: Not exactly a cold spurt for Stewart, who’s batting .262 in his last 10 games, but no homers, which for him is out of character. He’ll get it going. Surprising part is no walks in his last six games through Saturday.

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Who’s hot …

Joe Navilhon, RH reliever: Won a promotion out of Lakeland and has pitched as smoothly with the SeaWolves as he was throwing at Single A. He’s worked seven game at Double A, has an 0.71 ERA and a 1.03 WHIP, and it’s the strikeout numbers that pop: 21 in 12.2 innings. Navilhon pitched at Southern Cal and was a 21st-round pick by Detroit in 2016.

John Schreiber, RH reliever: This man is ridiculous. He might give up a hit, but he acts as if runs are something other pitchers allow. He hasn’t allowed one in his last nine games. Keep in mind, he allowed three earned runs in 27 innings last season at West Michigan. He’s a Rockwood product who turned 24 in March. The Tigers got him out of Northwestern Ohio with a 15th-round pick in 2016.

Trent Szkutnik, LH reliever: He’s a Jackson native and one-time University of Michigan chucker who has been nearly as tough at Erie as he was earlier at Lakeland. In seven games for the SeaWolves, Szkutnik, 24, has a 1.80 WHIP and a .154 opposing batting average. He’s 6-1, 195, and was a 20th-round grab by the Tigers.  

Kade Scivicque, C: He was a fourth-round pick by the Tigers out of LSU in 2014 and two years later was dealt to the Braves along with Mike Aviles when Detroit took on Erick Aybar. He rejoined the Tigers in April on a minor-league deal and, at age 25, is boosting Detroit’s farmland catching depth. He’s hitting .314 in his last 10 games.

And who’s not …

Chad Sedio, 2B: He won a ticket to Erie after a nice start at Lakeland. But the adjustment has been a bit rugged, with Sedio batting .189 in his last 10 games. He was a 27th-round pick out of Miami (Ohio) in 2016.


Who’s hot …

Cam Gibson, OF: Better times of late: .333 in his last 10 games. Gibson was a fifth-round pluck by the Tigers in 2015 when he played at Michigan State. He bats left-handed, is 6-1, 215. On the year, he’s at .245, with a .736 OPS. A big second half would put him on target for Double A and keep Gibson’s big-league flame burning.

Luke Burch, OF: Nice stretch for Burch, who last June was a ninth-rounder (Kent State): .333 in his last 10, and .314 since he won a trip to Lakeland after a big start at West Michigan. He bats left-handed, is 6-2, 185.

Alex Faedo, RH starter: Smooth, solid, relatively low-key first full season of professional ball for Faedo, who was last year’s first-round Tigers pick out of the University of Florida. He has allowed one or fewer earned runs in eight of his last 10 starts. On the season, has a 1.01 WHIP.

Alfred Gutierrez, RH reliever: 0.74 ERA in his last 10 games, with 30 whiffs in 24.1 innings. Gutierrez, 22, is 6-1, 200, and was signed by the Tigers out of Venezuela.

And who’s not …

Daz Cameron, OF: He was a batting-order flagship through much of May, but has since hit an iceberg: .088 in his last 10 games.


Who’s hot …

Colby Bortles, 3B: One of the few Whitecaps who these days is torching the ball: .371 in his last 10 games. Bortles bats right-handed, is a big one at 6-5, 225, and last June was a 22nd-round pick after he finished work at the University of Mississippi.

Elvin Rodriguez, RH starter: Quite a four-game streak for Rodriguez: 23.1 innings, 15 hits, two earned runs, 32 strikeouts, six walks. He turned 20 in March and will move to the protein-and-carbs area of the team buffet as he adds to his 160 pounds. Rodriguez is 6-3.

And who’s not …

Reynaldo Rivera, 1B: Cold spell for Rivera: .114 in his last 10 games. He was last June’s second-round pick out of Chipola Junior College in the Florida panhandle. He’s 6-6, 250, and early this spring had been showing power and steadiness that hasn’t been on display during this chilly stretch.

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