Tigers Minor League Wrap – 4/16/07

Durham 0, Toledo 6
Kurt has been stumping for Virgil Vasquez to take over the last spot in the rotation if Chad Durbin falters. Vasquez certainly did his part today with 5 shut out innings. He only allowed 3 hits, 1 walk and he struck out 9. Brent Clevlen was 1 for 3 with a walk. Clevlen isn’t hitting for power yet, but he is sporting a 390 OBP. Chris Shelton was 1 for 4.

Erie 3, Akron 0 (Delayed in 3rd inning)
Another candidate is Jair Jurrjens. He was off to a good start tonight retiring all 6 hitters he faced before the rain came. Because of the various postponements for Erie, Jurrjens has yet to get “stretched out.”

Lakeland 0, Fort Myers 1
And yet another candidate (notice a trend) took the loss tonight, but pitched especially well. Andrew Miller allowed only 3 hits and 1 unearned run in 8 innings with 6 K’s. There wasn’t much Flying Tiger offense to speak of, but Cameron Maybin was 2 for 5.

West Michigan 3, South Bend 2
While not a candidate for the rotation, Jonah Nickerson is one of the more high profile starters at West Michigan. Nickerson went 6 2/3 allowing 5 hits and 2 runs while fanning 5. Gorkys Hernandez, Brennan Boesch, and Ryan Strieby all had 2 hits. Scott Sizemore walked 3 times.


  1. Jon D

    April 17, 2007 at 5:24 am

    Hey.. i’m glad I found you. It looks like you are going to be a daily stop and I appreciate what you do for fans like myself..

    My comment regarding the 5th spot in the rotation is that I do not think it is realistic nor common for somebody that is not in AAA to make the jump. I know there have been examples in the past but that was a time when we had nothing to lose. Nowadays, as a team who is expected to win each and every series we play, I expect the only candidate to be either within the active roster or in Toledo. Personally, I would like Ledezma but I know that would leave us with one LHP in the pen, which is undesirable. We’ll see… here’s to Mr. Durbin pickin’ up the pace.

  2. Eric Jackson

    April 17, 2007 at 4:12 pm

    I’m with you, I’d like to see Ledezma get the ball if there were to be a change in the rotation. I also believe he is the likely candidate as we saw Leyland go to him at the end of ’06 when Zach Miner started to decline.

  3. Mark Worthley

    April 17, 2007 at 4:56 pm

    Zach Miner is the name that I’d like to know more about. After two starts, it appears that Chad Durbin is not a MLB quality starting pitcher, and with Ledezma, Miner and Miller out there, I would hate to see the Tigers let Durbin take the ball against the White Sox on April 20th, his next scheduled start.

    What’s the word out there on Zach Miner, and when either Miner or Ledezma will take the 5th spot.

  4. Eric Jackson

    April 17, 2007 at 7:07 pm

    Zach has gotten roughed up quite a bit in two starts for the Mud Hens. 14 Earned Runs for 10 innings pitched.


    So far Leyland says he’s sticking with Durbin. I guess we’ll have to wait and see how long he sticks with it.