Down on the Farm: Tigers minor league update

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The SeaWolves are also going through another disappointing season in the Eastern League (AA), they sit at 53-74, 16.5 GB in the West Division and just four games away from being mathematically eliminated from playoff contention.

We mentioned how JaCoby Jones was hitting the cover off the ball at the Double-A level and has since then been unable to make the necessary adjustments in Toledo. Perhaps a tune-up is in order. One guy who did start the season at Triple-A after having remarkable seasons in Single-A and Double-A in past years in Wynton Bernard. However, like Jones, Bernard struggled in time with Toledo and being optioned back down to Erie has helped him spark his hitting again.

Bernard is hitting .342 over his last ten games and .314 in 52 games with the Wolves. He might be a long shot at this point to earn the phone call from Tigers general manager Al Avila, but should the Tigers opt for more outfield depth, Bernard could be a viable option. They could opt to recall Anthony Gose as well. The numbers are not stellar by any means this season for Gose (.205/.282/.305 in 82 minor league games) and his little dust-up with Toledo manager Lloyd McClendon might also hurt his chances.

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And outfielder Christin Stewart is turning into a super slugger down on the farm for the Tigers. Two more big flies at Erie in the last ten games and he has 25 on the season in time between Erie and High Class-A Lakeland. Despite the .186 BA in 12 games with the Wolves, it’s been a very encouraging season for the 22-year-old Stewart.

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Not much to speak on behalf of the SeaWolves pitching staff this season as it has been one of the worst staffs in the Eastern League this season. They did get solid contributions from pitcher Tommy Collier this season (3.73 ERA in 23 starts) and the Tigers just may have found something in 24-year-old Myle Jaye. Jaye’s ERA is a tick over 4.00 in 25 minor league starts this year, 21 coming in Erie and he has allowed just three ER over his last 14.1 IP. Jaye was acquired from Texas along with then catcher Bobby Wilson in exchange for former backup backstop Bryan Holaday just days before the season began.

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