Tigers Minor League Wrap – 5/30/07

Toledo 7 Scranton 0
Jordan Tata is back. He made the start tonight, and it was a short one as they build his arm strength up, but by all accounts successful. He went 3 innings and threw 34 pitches and allowed only a walk with no strikeouts. Ron Chiavacci “started” the back end of the game and pitched 6 scoreless innings allowing only 4 hits and 2 walks while fanning 5. Mike Hessman hits his 14th homer, a grand slam. Chris Shelton added a double and a single.

Harrisburg 4 Erie 9
Jeff Larish doubled and walked twice. Andres Torres tripled and singled. Jair Jurrjens allowed 4 runs on 9 hits, a walk, and a strikeout over 5 2/3 innings.

Lakeland 9 Tampa 2
Burke Badenhop allowed 2 runs on 3 hits and 2 walks while throwing 7 innings. Ovandy Suero had 3 hits and a walk, and no stolen bases. Wil Rhymes and Ryan Roberson also had 3 hits. Cameron Maybin was 1 for 5 with a walk.

Lansing 2 West Michigan 3
Jeff Kunkel had 2 hits to lead the offense. Scott Sizemore added a double. Jeff Gerbe started and went 5 innings allowing 2 runs on 7 hits and 4 strike outs. Randor Bierd was perfect in relief retiring all 9 hitters he faced, 4 via Ks.


  1. Mike R

    May 31, 2007 at 2:55 am

    Cameron Maybin with 3 ground balls, 1 BB, and 1 Fly Ball.

    And adding in his last two games (i think that’s the last time i checked since minorleaguesplits.com had been updated) I believe he’s around: 66 ground balls, 12 line drives, 33 fly balls, 5 pop ups, 1 bunt, and 1 unknown. Which means 55.9% of the balls he puts into play are on the ground. And he’s hitting .265 in May.

    Color me jealous of the Cardinals and Colby Rasmus who was taken 22 picks after Maybin.

  2. Chris Y.

    May 31, 2007 at 1:38 pm

    Maybin will be fine.

    He’s 20 and he’s learning, working on all parts of his game. He’s shown enough to indicate he’ll be more than worthy of a top-ten pick.

  3. Mike R

    May 31, 2007 at 7:27 pm

    Maybin was touted as a 5 tool player. Hitting over 55% of balls into the ground is not power. Colby Rasmus, Jay Bruce, and Justin Upton are all the same age as Maybin.