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Triple-A Toledo

Who’s hot …

Paul Voelker, RH reliever: The bullpen’s always hot at Toledo, it seems, even after Victor Alcantara was shipped to Detroit. Voelker specializes in steady, strong, season-long numbers, as in his last 10 games: 1.53 ERA, 17.2 innings, six hits, 13 strikeouts, seven walks. On the year (30 games), batters are hitting .162 against a 10th-round pick (Dallas Baptist) in 2014.

Zac Reininger, RH reliever: Figuring out a few things ahead of a likely September call-up, Reininger has done this in nine games (14.2 innings): 10 hits, three runs, 16 strikeouts, two walks. He’s been up a couple of previous times with the Tigers and was an eighth-round pick in 2013 (Hill College).

Zac Houston, RH reliever: Houston simply adds to his 2018 statistical fury. In his last 10 stints: 11 innings, six hits, two runs, a whopping 20 strikeouts, and four walks. He was an 11th-round choice in 2016 (Mississippi State) and his size commands: 6-foot-5, 250.

And who’s not …

Christin Stewart, LF: A bruising stretch for Stewart since he returned from a calf ailment: .154 in his last 10 games.

Double-A Erie

Who’s hot …

Sergio Alcantara, SS: Familiarize yourself with Alcantara, who could — could — be playing shortstop in Detroit next season, even as early as Opening Day. He has the glove. Lately, he’s had the bat: .281 in his last 10 games. He isn’t going to rip apart the gaps or knock pitches over the fence, but he has a .348 on-base percentage and a .288 season batting average. Alcantara turned 22 two weeks ago and the Tigers believe this switch-hitter, who is 5-9, 189, can add muscle and pop.

Danny Woodrow, OF: He’s swinging sweetly, .371, in his last 10, and .318 on the year (55 games) for the SeaWolves. The Tigers got him from the same college they grabbed Mike Gerber, Creighton, with a 12th-round pick in 2016. He bats left-handed, is 5-10, 160.

Alex Faedo, RH starter: He’s had one dinger of a start in his four turns since jumping to Erie, but his last start, at Richmond, was typical of most Faedo starts: seven innings, three hits, no runs, four strikeouts, one walk. Faedo was last year’s Tigers first-round draft pick from the University of Florida.

John Schreiber, RH reliever: He gives up a run a month, at the most, it seems, and strikes out batters by the bushel. You might think this Rockwood product is a 6-foot-3 fireballer. He’s not. Schreiber’s a sidearm pitcher who’s murder on right-handed batters. He needs a pitch that can put away big-league left-handers. He, and the Tigers, are working on it. In the meantime, he hasn’t been scored on in his last 10 games, striking out 13 in 10 innings, while allowing three hits and four walks.

And who’s not …

Kyle Funkhouser, RH starter: Rough patch for Funkhouser, who in his last three starts has been slammed for 11 runs in 12 innings between Erie and Toledo. He figures to settle down. Funkhouser was a fourth-round snag by the Tigers two years ago out of Louisville.

Single-A Lakeland

Who’s hot …

Danny Pinero, 3B: That’s some smoldering stretch for Pinero: .444 in his last 10. It must be noted Pinero is 24, although it was only two years ago that the Tigers snatched him out of the University of Virginia. He’s 6-5, 235, and bats right-handed. He’s batting .261 overall with a .742 OPS.

Drew Carlton, RH reliever: Tigers drafted him out of Florida State (32nd round) a year ago, and he’s done more than a nice job for the Flying Tigers: 2.57 ERA in 23 games, with a 1.05 WHIP, and 42 strikeouts in 42 innings. He’s 6-1, 210, and is from the Tigers’ spring home in Lakeland, Fla.

And who’s not …

Andres Sthormes, C: Not a season to which he’ll show future affection as Sthormes, who next month turns 22, suffers through 38 games in which he’s hit .162 with a.427 OPS. He was signed out of Maracaibo, Venezuela.

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Single-A West Michigan

Who’s hot …

Brady Policelli, C: Nice interlude for Policelli, who’s batting .313 in his last 10 games two years after the Tigers snatched him in the 13th round (Towson). He bats right-handed, is 5-11, 195.

Clate Schmidt, RH reliever: Steady summer for Schmidt, who at 24 is a bit gray for this level. But he’s only two years out of Clemson (20th round) and of late he’s been pitching just fine as part of some strong overall digits: 3.03 ERA in 26 games, 1.20 WHIP, with 57 strikeouts in 59 innings.

And who’s not …

Garrett McCain, OF: A painful journey, baseball on the farm can be, as evidenced by McCain’s recent rigors: .147 in his last 10. He was a 10th-round pick in 2017 (Oklahoma State).

Single-A Connecticut

Who’s hot …

Eric De La Rosa, OF: He had a short stay at West Michigan where things didn’t go swimmingly, but since making it back to Connecticut he’s batting .400 in 12 games with a 1.010 OPS. The Tigers drafted him in June, in the seventh round, out of Grossmont Junior College in El Cajon, California.

Gresuan Silverio, C: The Tigers consider Silverio one of those just-wait prospects who, at 19, already is showing his considerable potential: .353 in his last 10 games. He’s a switch-hitter, is 6-foot, 175, and was signed out of Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic.

Carlos Guzman, RH reliever: Nice strikeout numbers: 30 in his last 23.2 innings, with only six walks, which includes a single outing at Single-A Lakeland. Guzman is 20, is 6-1, 170, and is from Maracay, Venezuela.

Tarik Skubal, LH reliever: The Tigers liked Skubal in the ninth round of June’s draft, and here’s why: 17 strikeouts in 12 innings since he joined Connecticut. He has been slapped for only eight hits and one unintentional walk. He’s 6-3, 215, and previously pitched for the University of Seattle.

Ethan DeCaster, RH reliever: These days you want no part of DeCaster, who has thrown in seven games at Connecticut and put away batters to the tune of an 0.71 ERA and 0.95 WHIP, with 19 strikeouts in 12.2 innings. He’s 23 and came to the Tigers via Duke University and June’s draft, where he was an 18th-round pick.

Mitchell Stalsberg, LH reliever: He’s been nothing but good in seven games for the Tigers: 0.56 ERA, 0.88 WHIP, with a .145 opponent batting average and 20 strikeouts in 16 innings. Stalsberg is from Winona State and in June was a 23rd-round choice.

And who’s not …

Reece Hampton, OF: Ah, nothing cools down a hot July like a .121 batting average in your last 10 games, which is what Hampton owns after he last month was a 12th-round pick out of the University of Charlotte.  

Gulf Coast League East

Who’s hot …

Mike Torres, 3B: Doing fine, especially at age 20: .294 in 16 games. He’s a right-handed batter, 5-10, a mere 140 pounds, and was signed out of Maracay, Venezuela.

Chavez Fernander, RH reliever: He’s from the Bahamas, pitched at Polk State Junior College, and in June earned a 35th-round pick from the Tigers. He also has 18 strikeouts in 16 innings and an 0.88 WHIP, as well as a .179 opponent batting average.

And who’s not …

Moises Bello, 3B: A sobering stretch for Bello, 21, as he fights back from a 10-game crucible in which he’s hit .111. He was signed out of San Juan de los Morros, Venezuela.

Gulf Coast League West

Who’s hot …

Hector Martinez, 2B: He didn’t enjoy Connecticut, but this 21-year-old has scorched the GCL West: .353 in his 11 games, with an .813 OPS. He’s a right-handed hitter, 5-11, 175, and came to the Tigers from Bani, Dominican Republic.

And who’s not …

Zach Malis, 3B: He was snatched out of Grand Canyon University in June’s draft (24th round) and has not at this point splurged on GCL pitching: .184 in 13 games. He’s 6-4, 190, bats left-handed, and at 21 is still young enough to count on better days ahead.

lynn.henning@detroitnews.com

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