July 11, 2011

Tigers In The Pros: Minor League Update

As the Majors hit their All-Star Break, Pacific's former stars continue their efforts to reach the big leagues.

Mike Walker of the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (Class A, Brewers) was named a Midwest League All-Star, and participated in the Miwest League Home Run Derby. In the Class A All-Star game against the Mideastern League All-Stars, Walker went one-for-one with a single, a walk, a stolen base an two runs scored as the Midwest won 8-3. For the season, Walker is hitting .285 with a .397 on-base percentage. His 14 home runs are fifth in the league, while his 61 runs batted in rank second. He also ranks fifth in the league in OBP and walks, while racking up 142 total bases.

After getting off to a slow start, Nick Longmire hit .319 in June for the Quad City River Bandits of the Midwest League (Class A, Cardinals). Since June 1, Longmire is hitting .300 with six doubles and eight runs batted in. For the season, he's hitting .230 with five home runs and 26 runs batted in.

In nine games for the Brooklyn Cyclones (Class A, Mets) of the New York-Penn League, RHP Hunter Carnevale owns a 1.42 ERA with a 1-1 record. He's struck out 15 batters against just one walk in 12.2 innings pitched, and has allowed under one baserunner per inning with a 0.947 WHIP.

2B J.B. Brown began the season with Carnevale in Brooklyn, but earned a promotion to the St. Lucie Mets of the Florida State League (Class A Advanced). In 15 games with St. Lucie, Brown is hitting .241 with a pair of extra base hits and six runs batted in.

C Joe Oliveira also earned a promotion this season, moving from the Frederick Keys of the Carolina League to the Delmarva Shorebirds of the South Atlantic League (Class A, Orioles). Oliveira is off to a hot start with his new club, hitting .308 through the first nine games, with a double, a triple and a home run in 26 at bats.

CF Anthony Jackson, a Tiger from 2005-06, is hitting .352 in 18 games with the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes of the California League (Class A Advanced, Dodgers). With four doubles, two triples and three home runs, Jackson has a .592 slugging percentage and has walked more than he's struck out for a .442 on-base percentage and an OPS of 1.033.

After opening his season with the Double A Trenton Thunder, RHP Josh Schmidt earned a promotion to the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees of the International League (Triple A, Yankees). Schmidt, who left Pacific after 2005, went 2-2 with six saves and a 1.59 ERA in 15 games at Trenton. In 13 games with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Schmidt is 3-2 with a save an a 2.84 ERA. In 41.2 innings this season, he's holding opponents to a .216 batting average across both levels.