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TRIPLE-A TOLEDO

Who’s hot …

Zac Houston, RH reliever: Has had quite a 2018 with the Mud Hens: 27 games, 1.23 ERA, 17 hits and 47 strikeouts in 29.1 innings, and a .167 batting average against. Ah, but he has walked 14 batters, and that breaking ball still needs to be tighter in the estimation of Detroit’s personnel judges. At some point, he’s likely to bust down Comerica Park’s door. Looking as if it will be 2019. Houston was an 11th-round pick from Mississippi State in 2016.

Jacob Robson, OF: He never seems to run into one of those lengthy, chilly interludes that confound most minor-leaguers (and big-leaguers) at some point in a season. He’s batting .290 in August and .310 in 43 games for the Mud Hens. Robson bats left-handed, is from Windsor, is 5-10, 175, and in 2016 was an eighth-round pick out of Mississippi State.

And who’s not …

You deserve a break this week, Mud Hens. Passing grades, relatively speaking, pretty much across the board.

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DOUBLE-A ERIE

Who’s hot …

Cam Gibson, OF: Nice 10-game run by Gibson (.333), which puts him at .270 with a .781 OPS in 35 games at Erie. He also has hit four homers for the SeaWolves. Gibson was a fifth-rounder in 2015 from Michigan State.

Beau Burrows, RH starter: He has a 2.66 ERA in his last four starts, which includes Saturday night’s effort against Bowie: seven innings, six hits, one run, six strikeouts, no walks. Burrows, 21, was a Tigers first-rounder in 2015 from Weatherford, Texas.

Jake Rogers, C: He’s had a big second half, with a .924 OPS in August, thanks to a .578 slugging percentage built on three homers and five doubles. Rogers is about as important as prospect assets get for the Tigers. They need a catcher with his muscle, which was why Rogers, an extraordinary defender, was part of last August’s trade that sent Justin Verlander to the Astros.

And who’s not …

Kody Eaves, 3B: A sobering 10-game run for Eaves: .121.

SINGLE-A LAKELAND

Who’s hot …

Jose Azocar, OF: Has caught fire in the season’s second half (.343), which includes a .457 run the past 10 games. Azocar once upon a time was one of the Tigers’ more intriguing prospects. He’s 22, so he needs to get going, and he also must work on his perennial challenge: swinging at strikes. He has nine walks in 74 games. Azocar bats right-handed, is 5-11, 185, and was signed out of Venezuela.

Matt Manning, RH starter: Marching along neatly, he has a 2.78 ERA and 0.97 WHIP in his eight starts for the Flying Tigers. In his last three starts: 17.1 innings, three runs, 21 strikeouts, five walks. Manning was the Tigers’ first-round pick in 2016. He is 20.

And who’s not …

The Flying Tigers have been playing nearly optimally for manager Mike Rabelo. No failing grades for this effort-heavy squad.

SINGLE-A WEST MICHIGAN

Who’s hot …

Billy Lescher, RH reliever: Another of the drop-down specialists in which the Tigers have been investing of late, Lescher, a 17th-round pick in 2017 from the University of Pennsylvania, has an 0.87 ERA in 14 games for the Whitecaps. In 20.2 innings, Lescher has 20 strikeouts, five walks, and has allowed 13 hits.

Ethan DeCaster, RH reliever: He’s a side-arm sidekick to Lescher and was drafted in June, from Duke, in the 18th round. Lescher tore it up at Connecticut and has since flattened hitters at West Michigan to the tune of six games, 12 innings, six hits, one run, 13 strikeouts, and one walk.          

And who’s not …

Reynaldo Rivera, 1B: Ouch and double-ouch. He’s batting .118 in his last 10 games, .151 for the month, and in the season’s second half, .210 with a .611 OPS. Rivera is 6-6, 250, and was the Tigers’ second-round pick in 2017.

SINGLE-A CONNECTICUT

Who’s hot …

Carlos Guzman, RH starter: He’s only 20, was signed out of Venezuela, and in 10 starts for the Tigers, Guzman has a .199 opponent batting average, with 44 strikeouts in 43.1 innings against 32 hits and 12 walks.

And who’s not …

Darwin Alvarado, OF: When you’re competing against a surplus of college kids, a 19-year-old can have some rough days and nights, as evidenced by Alvarado’s .103 batting average in his last 10 games, and .172 mark in 39 games for the Tigers.

GULF COAST LEAGUE EAST

Who’s hot …

Kingston Liniak, OF: He’s 9-for-25 in his last six games (.360), which is none too shabby when Liniak is a mere 18. He was the Tigers’ fourth-round pick in June from Mission Hills, Calif. Liniak is a right-handed hitter, 6-2, 170.

And who’s not …

Jheyser Azuaje, C: An .086 batting average in his last 10 games would qualify, indeed, as bad positioning on the offensive spectrum. Azuaje is 21 and hopes to have a stirring, final-weeks revival.

GULF COAST LEAGUE WEST

Who’s hot …

Hector Martinez, 2B: A fine stretch for Martinez since returning to the GCL (.355) following a brief and lamentable stint at Single A Connecticut. He’s 21 years old, bats right-handed, and was signed out of the Dominican Republic.

And who’s not …

Avery Tuck, OF: He’s at .173 in a combined 35 games in the GCL, which isn’t where a 17th-round June pick (New Mexico Junior College) prefers to be.

lynn.henning@detroitnews.com

Twitter @Lynn_Henning

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