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TRIPLE A TOLEDO

Who’s hot …

Jacob Robson, OF: Hasn’t missed Double A – in fact, he’s gotten stronger since his midseason jump to Toledo. Robson’s batting .324 in 36 games since joining the Mud Hens and will earn some chatter when Tigers Minor League Player of the Year is discussed. He’s an eighth-round pick by the Tigers, from Mississippi State in 2016, is 23, and bats left-handed. He was born in London, Ontario, and grew up in Windsor. Robson’s 5-foot-10, 175 pounds, and can play any of three outfield spots.

Dawel Lugo, 2B: Hot 10-game stretch for Lugo: .357, which has pushed him to .270 on the season. Needs work on his on-base and slugging percentages if he cares to factor into future plans in Detroit, but he’s still on the green side at 23. Lugo bats right-handed, is 6-foot, 190. He was one-third of the package the Tigers got last summer from the Diamondbacks in their trade of J.D. Martinez.

Zac Houston, RH reliever: Try on these 10-game numbers: 0.00 ERA, six hits in 12 innings, 19 strikeouts. Houston has been one of the Tigers’ happier farm stories, with his overall 1.81 ERA and 0.99 WHIP. Still a few too many walks (21 in 44.2 innings). But this 11th-round pick (2016, Mississippi State) has been a put-away artist for the Mud Hens, as he was last year at West Michigan and Lakeland.

Matt Hall, LH starter: Not a lot has changed with Hall since he was shipped to Fifth Third Field. He has a 2.45 ERA in five starts for the Mud Hens, complete with 37 strikeouts in 29.1 innings. Hall was a sixth-rounder (Missouri State) in 2015.

And who’s not …

Dixon Machado, SS: This isn’t the way a guy hoping for additional work in Detroit prefers August to be rolling: .136 in his last 10 games.

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DOUBLE A ERIE

Who’s hot …

Daz Cameron, OF: Has a nice, 10-game run going: .333, with a .305 average and .889 OPS in 50 games since the Tigers decided a 21-year-old center fielder could handle Double A pitching. Cameron bats right-handed and was, of course, part of last August’s deal with the Astros, which landed them a guy named Verlander.

And who’s not …

The SeaWolves have been earning wide admiration for valiant efforts and for avoiding any serious individual tailspins.

SINGLE A LAKELAND

Who’s hot …

Troy Montgomery, OF: You can’t mention Montgomery’s .342 average in 35 games for the Flying Tigers without acknowledging that he turns 24 on Monday and that he didn’t fare terribly well (.227) this season at Double A. But he’s hitting, and he’s a former Ohio State outfielder the Angels grabbed in the eighth round in 2016 before trading him to the Tigers as part of the Ian Kinsler swap.

Jose Azocar, OF: Similar story here: Azocar is swinging to the tune of .316 in his last 10 games, but he has 10 walks in 94 games. He’s also 22. It’s crunch time.

Matt Manning, RH starter: Doing nicely since joining the Flying Tigers: 2.86 ERA in six starts, with an opposing batting average of .174. Manning, who was the Tigers’ first-round pick in 2016, has struck out 40 and walked 12 in 34.2 innings. He’s all of 20, and is 6-6, 190.

And who’s not …

Austin Athmann, C: Sour summer, to date, for Athmann: .176 in his last 10, with a season OPS of .568. The Tigers drafted him in the 14th round (University of Minnesota) in 2016.

SINGLE A WEST MICHIGAN

Who’s hot …

Brock Deatherage, OF: Going to have to live with some strikeouts with Deatherage (45 in 41 games), but the Tigers knew that when they drafted him in June (10th round) out of North Carolina State. He’s batting .317 in his last 10 games, .293 since he joined the Whitecaps. He has two homers, four triples, and seven doubles. Deatherage bats left-handed, and is 6-1, 175.

Kody Clemens, 2B: Very much on track two months into professional baseball. He’s hitting .306 in his last 10 games, and .285 overall, with an .829 OPS. A good chance Clemens makes it to Double A next year and to Detroit by 2020. That’s the grand vision, and nothing that’s happened so far suggests it won’t be his timeline.

Johan Belisario, RH reliever: Healthy and throwing stuff reminiscent of some earlier years. Hasn’t allowed a run in his last nine games, spanning 22 innings, with these additional numbers: seven hits, 29 strikeouts, and six walks. Belisario is 24 and was signed out of Venezuela.

And who’s not …

Reynaldo Rivera, 1B: Looking like if it’s going to happen for Rivera, it won’t be happening ahead of 2019. He’s hitting .184 in his last 10, .249 on the year, with a .742 OPS and 97 strikeouts in 94 games. He turned 21 in June and was a second-round draft pick in 2017.

SINGLE A CONNECTICUT

Who’s hot …

Wenceel Perez, SS: This is what the Tigers wanted to see – an 18-year-old hanging in at Single A. Perez is hitting .326 in his last 10 games since jumping to the New York-Penn League. He was a heavy Tigers international signing in 2016 out of the Dominican Republic. He’s a switch-hitter, 5-11, 170.

And who’s not …

Eric De La Rosa, OF: Ouch. De La Rosa’s batting .132 in his last 10 games a couple of months after the Tigers snagged him in the seventh round (Grossmont Junior College).

GULF COAST LEAGUE EAST

Who’s hot …

Angel De Jesus, RH starter: He’s 21 and a Dominican Republic product who has struck out 53 in 43 in 43.1 innings. De Jesus is 6-4, 185.

And who’s not …

Bairon De La Rosa, RH reliever: This whole 2018 baseball thing could end today, it would seem from afar, and perhaps delight De La Rosa, who in 50 games has a 7.25 ERA and 2.04 WHIP.

GULF COAST LEAGUE WEST

Hector Martinez, 2B: This is isn’t optimum competition for a 21-year-old, but .355, with a .938 OPS, in 22 games isn’t deceiving. He’s 5-11, 175, and bats right-handed. Martinez was signed out of the Dominican Republic.

And who’s not …

Gustavo Figueroa, C: He’s 19, and has only played in 19 games, so that .158 batting average is not creating deep distress among Figueroa’s family rooters. Figueroa’s hometown is Puerto La Cruz, Venezuela.

lynn.henning@detroitnews.com

Twitter @Lynn_Henning

 

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