As hard as it is to believe, it's June. No, we're not sure when it happened either, but just like each of you, we are officially into the third month of the season. The month of May throughout the Tigers' minor league programs was a beautiful mess of roster changes, hit streaks, rain delays and the West Michigan Whitecaps working to break their personal best in extra inning victories. So, sit back and put on those thinking caps. Who was your choice for the Tigers' top prospect in the month of May? We're ready to hear from you.
Daniel Fields (Triple-A Toledo)
If there is anyone who understands the art of patience, it's Daniel Fields. The younger of two sons to former Detroit Tiger Bruce Fields, Daniel has proven that he's willing to work for what he wants. Coming off an injury-riddled 2014 season, the former sixth round draft pick has focused on ridding himself of a leg kick he had previously developed at the plate. Fields has maintained a team-high submission of runs (33), doubles (15) and triples (7) as well as standing just shy of first place in stolen bases (9) for the Mud Hens.
Amidst the offensive accomplishments this season, one call stood out among the rest and reaffirmed the effort displayed by the outfielder. A long-awaited invitation to Comerica Park reached him, and the city of Detroit was able to witness the debut of one of their own. Fields is currently batting .259 with a .46 slugging average and an .851 OPS for the Mud Hens.
Wynton Bernard (Double-A Erie)
At this point of the season, we're having trouble finding fresh ways of describing the level of production by Wynton Bernard. To put it simply, he's producing every game. The 2014 Midwest League MVP has had no freshman slump during his time of settling in with the Seawolves, following his fast track from West Michigan and bypassing Advanced-A Lakeland. Not only is Bernard third in the Eastern League in hits (66), second in doubles (17) and second in the league in stolen bases (15), he was successful in tying an Erie franchise record with a 20-game hit streak, originally set by Ryan Raburn. You'll have to excuse the broken record tweets, but the fan-favorite Bernard's offense doesn't look to slow down any time soon.
Curt Powell (Advanced-A Lakeland)
Despite a bit of shuffling around the affiliates since his debut in 2013, Curt Powell has worked quickly to show the level of respect he embodies for the game of baseball. Luckily, baseball is showing it's pretty fond of Powell as well. In 33 games with the Flying Tigers this season, the former 21st round pick was a force at plate, racking up a .342 average, as well as a .428 on-base percentage. Following his campaign with Lakeland through most of May, a well-deserved graduation to Double-A Erie was offered and Powell exited Joker Marchant Stadium to head north to join the SeaWolves. Even after his departure from Lakeland, Powell's batting average remains untouched.
Michael Gerber (Single-A West Michigan)
To say something is going right for Michael Gerber would be a most fierce of understatements. The 22-year-old totaled a 2014 season split between two programs with 74 hits over 65 games. Gerber has already matched that total in 2015, in 10 fewer games played. Gerber leads West Michigan in hits (75), RBI (35), slugging percentage (.500) and OPS (.919), and his .350 batting average leads the entire Midwest League.
The soft-spoken outfielder has also worked as a one-two punch at the plate with outfield teammate Ross Kivett, who is enjoying the role he shares with Gerber. "I just try to get on (base) for him," Kivett said. "I usually determine my days by how many times Gerber drives me in that day." With the latest accomplishments, MLB Pipeline broke the news that Gerber was officially named one of the newest prospects to make the Top 30 list for the affiliate system of the Tigers. Something is going right for Gerber and West Michigan couldn't be happier.