Triple A Toledo Who's hot … Jose Alvarez, LH SP : Has a 1.29 earned-run average in six starts, with an 0.94 WHIP (walks plus hits per inning). Alvarez, who turns 24 on Tuesday, has struck out 30 batters and walked eight in 35 innings. He was signed last autumn as a minor league free agent. Kenny Faulk, LH RP : In nine games, Faulk has an 0.77 ERA. He has allowed five hits in 11.2 innings, while striking out 18 and walking seven. Fault was a 16th-round draft pick (Kennesaw State) in 2009. Jordan Lennerton, 1B : .351 in his last 10 games, with a pair of home runs. Lennerton, 27, is 6-foot-2, 230, bats left-handed, and was a 33rd-round draft pick in 2008 (University of Oregon). And who's not … Kevin Russo, 3B : Had a good spring camp but has been in deep freeze at Toledo: .116 in his last 10 games and .126 on the season. Russo, 28, signed last November as a minor league free agent. Double A Erie Who's hot … Victor Larez, RH SP : 4-0, with a 3.54 ERA in five starts. Larez, 25, has held opposing teams to a .217 batting average. He is 6-3, 160. Kyle Lobstein, LH SP : Three earned runs in his last three starts, good for a season ERA of 2.89. Lobstein has 36 strikeouts in 37 1/3 innings. He is 23, was taken in December's Rule 5 draft, and then made Tigers property by way of a March trade with the Rays. Warwick Saupold, LH SP : Saupold is a 23-year-old Australian signed by the Tigers in 2012, Saupold in six starts has a 2.50 ERA. He has pitched 36 innings, allowed 25 hits and 14 walks, and has struck out 28. And who's not … Wade Gaynor, 3B : Batting .163 in his last 10 games and .190 on the season. Gaynor, 25, was a third-round pick in 2009 (Western Kentucky).
Tigers minor league report: Rule 5 pick Kyle Lobstein shines for Double A Erie
Detroit News | May 6