Down on the Farm: Tigers minor league update

TRIPLE-A: TOLEDO MUD HENS

Toledo Mud Hens

Unfortunately for Toledo is already eliminated from playoff contention with two weeks to go in the regular season, sitting in last place of International League (AAA) West Division with a record of 58-71. Ironically though, they have a better record than all four teams in the entire IL South Division. Nonetheless, the roster features some position players and pitchers that are expected to join the club for September call-ups, in addition to the ones that are already with Detroit.

Obviously, Machado will be back up within the next few weeks. Dixon has slashed a solid .266/.356/.354 this season for Toledo, swiping 17 bags. It still has yet to translate to the big league level, although he has only had cups of coffee in his previous trips to the majors.

Catcher John Hicks is continuing to have a strong season at and behind the dish. Hicks is slashing .284/.331/.421 in 87 minor league games this season, the bulk of those coming in Toledo. He’s hitting at a .371 clip over his last ten games and with every game is securing a first-class ticket to the show come September and become that third catcher off the bench for the Tigers.

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Tigers Need to Shake Things Up

And could a call-up be in order for 27-year-old Dean Green come September? The former 11th-round pick of the Tigers in 2011 is hitting .295/.349/.509 in 116 games spent between both Toledo and Double-A Erie. The production has been superb from Green, clubbing 22 homers and driving in over 100 runs with two weeks to go.

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One of the Tigers top-tier prospects that just has not gotten it done in 2016 is JaCoby Jones. He hit .312/.393/.527 in 20 games with Erie before being promoted but has struggled at Triple-A, .223/.293/.332 in 71 games. Who knows? He might get the phone call just to be around the ball club for a few weeks and get his feet wet.

On the pitching front, it’s very likely that Buck Farmer and Warwick Saupold will re-join the team come September, given their previous stints with Detroit this season. One guy who may sneak in and join them is pitcher Matt Crouse. Crouse in 16 games (13 starts) this season has posted a 3.41 ERA. And almost all eyes will be on the phenom Joe Jimenez. Now in ten appearances with Toledo, Jimenez has logged 9.1 innings and yielded four ER — nothing special considering how unhittable he was earlier in the year, but still pretty decent.

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