Tigers minor leagues: Three up, three down, three to watch

George Sipple
Detroit Free Press
Bobby Parnell

Free Press sports writer George Sipple takes a tour of the Tigers’ minor league system (all statistics entering Saturday):

3 up

Bryan Tejeda, C, GCL Tigers East

The 20-year-old right-handed hitter from the Dominican Republic went 5-for-6 with six RBIs and two runs scored in a 14-9 win over the GCL Tigers West on Friday.

Dominic Ficociello, 1B, Erie

Batting .333 (12-for-36) over last 10 games. Batting .243 with 62 hits, 12 doubles and 64 strikeouts in 74 games at Double-A.

Bobby Parnell, RHP, Toledo

Has four saves and has not allowed an earned run over his last five appearances. Over last 10 games, has a 1.80 ERA with nine strikeouts in 10 innings.

Joe Jimenez dominating minors, looking like future of Tigers’ bullpen

3 down

Thad Weber, RHP, Toledo

Allowed six runs in over six innings in an 11-1 loss to Indianapolis on Thursday. Lost each of his last five starts. 5-8 with a 4.00 ERA and a 1.38 WHIP at Toledo.

JaCoby Jones, OF-3B, Toledo

Hitting .209 with eight extra-base hits and eight RBIs in 25 games at Triple-A. Batted .309 with 12 extra-base hits in 20 games at Double-A Erie.

Christin Stewart, OF, Lakeland

Has nine strikeouts and no hits over the past three games. Was recently picked to play for the U.S. in the All-Star Futures Game. Batting .242 with 18 home runs and 87 strikeouts at High-A.

3 to watch

Dixon Machado, SS, Toledo

He’s hitting .400 (16-for-40) over his last 10 games. Had multiple hits in four consecutive games. Went 5-for-8 with three RBIs and two runs in a doubleheader on Friday against the Indianapolis Indians. Batting .276 with 14 doubles, 34 runs scored and 12 stolen bases in 78 games at Triple-A.

Tommy Collier, RHP, Erie

Allowed two hits and no walks over eight scoreless innings with five strikeouts in a 1-0 win over Akron on Thursday. Has allowed one run on six hits and no walks over last two starts (14 innings). 7-5 with a 3.22 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP in 16 starts at Double-A.

Kyle Funkhouser, RHP, Connecticut

The fourth-round pick out of Louisville made his first start since signing for a $750,000 bonus, above the $526,200 slot value for the No. 115 overall pick. Was drafted in the first round by the Dodgers, 35th overall, in the 2015 MLB Draft, but returned for his senior year at Louisville. He allowed two hits over three scoreless innings and struck out three on Monday. Short-season Connecticut went on to lose to Aberdeen, 3-2.