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Brantly gets the call to Miami

Rob Brantly at bat for the Whitecaps last season during Military Night

Former West Michigan Whitecaps catcher Robert Brantly has been called up to the Miami Marlins, and is the 99th ‘Caps Alumni to play in a Major League Baseball game. He was drafted in the third round in 2010 by the Detroit Tigers, and played in West Michigan during the 2010 and 2011 seasons. He played in 52 in 2010, hitting .255, and was hitting .303 last season in 75 games before being promoted to the Lakeland Flying Tigers. This season, he was batting .254 in 36 games for the Toledo Mud Hens before being traded along with Jacob Turner and Brian Flynn in exchange for Omar Infante and Anibal Sanchez. A trade I wasn’t completely happy with, I might add.  While with his new Triple-A team in New Orleans, Brantly was hitting. .365 in 14 games. So far with the Marlins, he was 0-3 in his first game, and 1-3 in last night’s 5-3 loss to Colorado. As he’s the 99th Whitecaps Alumni in the majors, the organization is holding a contest to see who fans think will be number 100 here: http://www.milb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20120808&content_id=36348184&vkey=pr_t582&fext=.jsp&sid=t582

Brantly with Marlins GM Michael Hill signing his Major League contract.

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‘Caps alums dealt to Miami brings Infante home

Brantly with the Whitecaps, sporting the Autism Awareness jersey for a very good cause. There is nothing good about the horrid jerseys on Miami. Nothing…

Sometimes being a top prospect is a good thing, and sometimes it simply makes you a target. Just one day after earning his first Major League victory, Jacob Turner is packing his bags and heading south. Instead of wearing the classic English ‘D’ of the Detroit Tigers, Turner will now have to don the gaudy Miami Marlins unis and put up with crack-pot manager Ozzie Guillen. Welcome to the real world, kid. Also going to the Miami organization are catching prospect Rob Brantly, who just participated in the All-Star Futures Game, and pitcher Brian Flynn. In the deal, the Tigers acquire starting pitcher Anibal Sanchez and former Tiger and West Michigan Whitecaps infielder Omar Infante. Sanchez gives the Tigers that extra man in the rotation, and Infante will fill the second base role that has never been successfully filled since the departure of Placido Palanco. In all, Sanchez is the only player in this deal who did not play for the Whitecaps at some point. Turner pitched for West Michigan in 2010, going 2-3 with a 3.67 ERA in ten starts. Brantly and Flynn both suited up for the ‘Caps last season, with Brantly hitting .303 in 75 games. Flynn, a seventh-round draft pick in 2011, started 13 games with a 7-2 record and 3.46 ERA. Infante played in West Michigan as an 18 yr-old way back in 2000, playing in only 12 games and hitting .229. He was traded to the Cubs in 2007, only to be traded to Atlanta shortly after. In 2010 he hit .321 for the Braves, with eight home-runs and 47 RBI’s. Infante was traded to the Marlins in 2010, and is having a solid year batting .287 with eight home-runs and 33 RBI’s. I think the player the Tigers will miss most out of this deal, actually, is Brantly. I like Alex Avila behind the plate, but he’s struggled this season at the plate, and still has to prove that last years’ All-Star performance wasn’t a fluke. However, if the deal does help Detroit get into the post-season and excel there, then I’m all for it. All the best to Turner, Flynn, and Brantly, though!

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Turner earns first MLB win, helps Tigers sweep ChiSox

Former West Michigan Whitecaps starting pitcher Jacob Turner earned his fist Major League victory last night, in a game that helped Detroit sweep the division rival Chicago White Sox, and putting them 1.5 games ahead in the Central standings. Re-bounding from a rough outing against the Angels last week, Turner pitched well in his 5 1/3 innings of work, giving up 3 runs in the Tigers 6-4 win. He struck-out three batters and never issued a walk. The Tigers have now won five straight and 16 of their last 21 games. Helping out offensively, and also a Whitecaps alum, was Brennan Boesch, who hit a two-run homer in the third inning. This is his second home run in as many games and was 2-3 in the game. Also pitching in was a decent little hitter Miguel Cabrera, who pounded two over the Comerica wall, numbers 299 and 300 respectively. Not bad, maybe we should keep an eye on this guy?

Turner pitched one partial season for the Whitecaps in 2010. He went 2-3 with a 3.67 ERA and 51 strike-outs.

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Turner battling tendonitis in shoulder

The Detroit Tigers organization had a little reason to be concerned last week, when their number one prospect starting pitcher Jacob Turner was diagnosed with tendonitis in his throwing shoulder. What was originally though to be ‘dead arm’ syndrom, the Tigers had him checked out. Turner seems to be progressing well, though. On Wednsday he threw from 150 feet and felt no restrictions from the tendonitis. The good news, too, is that he felt no pain in throwing two days of long toss.

“I’m still taking it day-to-day to see how it feels”, he stated. “But as long as there are no setbacks, I’ll keep pushing forward.”

The 20 yr-old hurler also threw a 30-pitch bullpen session without pain on Friday according to Tigers’ pitching coach Jeff Jones. He’s expected to throw another similar session today. Even though he was a long shot to earn Detroit’s fifth spot in the rotation, this could be a blessing in disguise in my opinion. It really avoids the Tigers trying to push him along to quickly like they did with Rick Porcello. Turner will now get a chance to work on his mechanics in the minors, and will most likely open the season with Triple-A Toledo Mud Hens. He was just with the Whitecaps back in 2010, where he went 2-3 with a 3.67 ERA and 51 strikeouts.

UPDATE: It looks like Turner is now in good health, and will be starting in the minors. After being out of action for two weeks, he’s been throwing well in his bullpen sessions. I think that’s the best, and trying to hurry him along won’t do him any favors. He’ll probably be the ‘ace’ of the Triple-A staff. Here’s what Tigers manager Jim Leyland had to say about him being sent to minor league camp:

“He’s going to be a starting pitcher in Toledo. He’s 100 percent healty. Why pitch him one inning of relief over here when he cann go over there and try to build him up, maybe pitch him two or three innings the first time out?  He needs to go pitch. He’s a young pitcher with a huge, huge ceiling. Me seeing him in one more inning of spring training right now doesn’t mean anything.”

Photo courtesy of the West Michigan Whitecaps

Jacob Turns Heads in Debut; More Former ‘Caps Traded

Jacob Turner MLB debut vs. the California Angels

Jacob Turner made his Major League debut this afternoon, just one season away from pitching in Single-A with the Whitecaps, and two seasons out of high school. Turner is the 15th ranked prospect in all of baseball right now, so this shouldn’t be too much of a suprise to those who’ve been following his career. He didn’t disappoint, either, only giving up two runs against the talented Angels over 5 1/3 innings. He gave up three hits, walked three, and struck out six. Unfortunately, he took the loss, thanks to the efforts of Tigers relief pitcher Phil Joke Coke. Turner recieved a standing ovation from the sold-out crowd at Comerica Park for his efforts.

“Once they started cheering, I don’t even know how to describe it,” Turner stated. “My body felt like it went numb. That was probably the highlight of my day, to be honest.”

The 20-year-old right-hander also impressed his manager as well as the Tiger fans in attendance and watching him on TV on Fox’s Game of the Week.

“I thought he’d do well,” manager Jim Leyland stated. “I wasn’t sure he’d do quite as well as he did, to be honest with you. But I thought he’d do well.

Turner gave the Tigers a chance to win the game, but the thanks to the anemic offense and the struggling bullpen, he took the loss. He didn’t stay with the Whitecaps too long last season, so we didn’t get a chance to see him pitch down there. He was 2-3 with a 3.67 ERA, and 50 strikeouts with West Michigan in 2010. I look forward to seeing him on the mound in Detroit in the future.

Formers Whitecaps Wells and Furbush traded to Mariners

The Detroit Tigers traded Charlie Furbush, Casper Wells, Francisco Martinez, and a player to be named later to the Seattle Mariners for starting pitcher Doug Fister and relief pitcher David Pauley. Martinez is the Tigers 4th ranked prospect, but thought to be expendable due to Nick Castellanos’ progress in West Michigan. The move gives the Tigers a solid number five starter and beefs up the bullpen at bit. It also give Furbush and Wells a chance to be Major League players in Seattle. So far this season with the Tigers, Furbush is 1-3 with a 3.62 ERA in 17 appearances. With the Whitecaps in 2007, he was 4-1 with a 2.17 ERA and 46 strikeouts. Wells started the season with the Tigers, batting .257 with four home runs in 64 games before being optioned to the Toledo MudHens (Triple-A). In 2008, Casper batted .240  with ten home runs in 50 games with West Michigan. I wish them both the best with their new club. They can join former Whitecap pitcher Luke French who was traded to the Mariners in 2009 in a brilliant move that brought pitcher Jarod Washburn (who?) to Detroit.

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VOTE AVILA ’11

If you’re one of the millions of Americans who excercise your right not to vote, now might be a good time for a change. Voting can undo some major injustices, and if Detroit Tigers catcher (and former West Michigan Whitecap) Alex Avia does not start the 2011 MLB All-Star Game, that would be an injustice. At this time, Avila is trailing Yankees catcher Russell Martin by a fairly significant amount (2,226,797 to 1,730,511 as of 6/21). If you compare the two, however, you’d have to agree that Avila is simply the better choice. The Tigers back-stop is hitting .304, with 15 doubles, 10 homers, and 45 RBI. Compare this to Martin, who is batting a whopping .230, though his nine home runs and 30 RBI’s aren’t bad. Defensively, Martin has caught only 12 base-stealers, while 34 have made it safely to second while he was behind the plate, for a CS% of .261. Avila, however has a CS% of .400, nailing 20 out of 50 at second. I’m not saying that Martin is a bad player, or a bad person, or anything like that. The simple facts of baseball at this point, however, state that Avila is the better catcher at this time and should be the starter come July 12. I also understand how the system works for the All-Star game, and Martin being a Yankee has a huge advantage. Even Jeter is leading the race to start at short stop, and we all know that he’s battling injury, and did not play like his legendary self this season. The power is in our hands, we can vote on who actually deserves to be there, or let the All-Star game become more pointless that it has already become.

Vote for Alex!!!

Other Whitecaps alumni who should be in the starting line-up on July 12 at Matt Joyce (TB) and Jair Jurrjens (ATL). Joyce is batting .313 with 10 home runs and 38 RBI for the Rays. Jurrjens has been one of the best pitchers in the National League all season with the Braves, sporting an ERA of 2.07 and a record of 10-3. He has struck out 55 batters to boot. Representing the Tigers in the Futures Game for Team USA is former ‘Cap Jacob Turner. Turner is 2-2, with an ERA of 3.01 with 72 strike-outs for the Erie SeaWolves of the Eastern League.

Illustration courtesy of Samara Pearlstein

Ten Questions With Jacob Turner

turner-habitat.jpgThis is re-printed from the ’10 Questions’ segment over at MiLB.com composed by Ashley Marshall. Turner played for the Whitecaps the first half of the 2010 season before being promoted to the Class High-A Lakeland Flying Tigers. Jacob represented West Michigan in the All-Star game also, and was one of the most prominant prospects the Tigers have sent to play there. He was drafted ninth overall by the Tigers in 2009 after completing high school in Missouri. In a season split between the Whitecaps and Flying Tigers, Turner was 6-5 with a 3.28 ERA with 102 strikeouts.

MiLB.com: You’ve always thrown hard, but I read that you could throw 92 or 93 mph as a 14-year-old. Is there any truth to that?

Turner: My freshman year was the first year I had been clocked by a radar gun and I was up to 92, and that was when I was 15. Ever since then, I just slowly got stronger and gained more and more velocity. I had never really thought I was throwing that hard because I had never been clocked, so it was hard to tell. But I was definitely surprised to find out.

Not throwing too many curveballs was one of the things that my dad had looked into, and he decided it would be a better idea for me to hold off on throwing any kind of breaking pitch for a while and let my arm develop naturally. And that benefited me in the long run by keeping my arm as healthy as possible.

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MiLB.com: Your pitching coach in high school was former Major Leaguer Todd Worrell. What did you learn from him?

Turner: The biggest thing I learned from him was how to go about your business on the mound from a mental aspect. He also taught me how to throw a curveball. I hadn’t thrown a ton of them and it was pretty far behind my fastball in terms of location and how consistent it was. He really helped me along with that and got it to the point where it was today.

MiLB.com: Heading into the 2009 Draft, can you put into words your emotions and what you were experiencing?

Turner: A lot of things — I was excited, but at the same time I was nervous and I didn’t know what was going to happen. With the baseball Draft, especially for a high school player, it is so unpredictable, so we didn’t really know if I was going to get drafted high enough that I would bypass college or end up at North Carolina.

I just decided to let the chips fall where they may and then decide after that, see how everything shook out and then take a step back, look at both options and see what was best for me. When I was younger, that was every kid’s dream — to be drafted in the Major League Baseball Draft, much less the first round, so it was definitely a dream come true. There were a lot of things going through my mind, but when the Tigers picked me there was a lot of excitement.

MiLB.com: How did it feel to be a multi-millionaire as a teenager?

Turner: It was definitely a weird feeling at first to know you have a certain amount of money from the Tigers. It was a good feeling both ways, without going to college to have some financial security, but at the same time you also feel like the Tigers really made a commitment to you to develop you and make you the best player you can be.

I had a car before I signed and I kept that, and I haven’t bought anything too exciting yet. The contract hasn’t changed me too much as a person, and I always tell my brothers and my parents that if you ever see a change in me, to let me know because I don’t ever want to be someone that gets changed by the money. It is just money, so I didn’t really change my lifestyle because of the contract.

MiLB.com: You had an impressive professional debut on April 10 for West Michigan, striking out seven and allowing two hits over five shutout innings. What do you remember about that day?

Turner: I was actually pretty nervous, considering it was my professional debut in a regular-season game. I wanted to go out there and kinda prove I belonged. Once I got out there, the nerves calmed down and I was able to do my thing. My parents weren’t able to come up for that game, but they got to a few games when I was playing for the Whitecaps because they lived in St. Louis and we played a few teams in the Midwest area.

MiLB.com: You made 11 appearances with West Michigan over three months in the Midwest League before earning a promotion to Lakeland. What differences did you notice at each level?

Turner: The biggest thing at the start was the adjustment to the professional game. It’s a lot faster than high school. The players are a lot better and pitching every five days definitely takes a toll on your body and your arm. And it takes time to get used to it.

When I first got down to Lakeland, I struggled at the beginning and I think that was really good for me because in high school you’re facing lesser competition. The hitters were more patient and stronger here, and if you left pitches up in the zone, they hit balls a little bit harder and a little bit farther. My mechanics got out of whack because I was trying to do a little too much rather than just trying to stay within myself. When I got back to that, I was fine.

To struggle and come back strong definitely gives me a better mind-set coming into next season.

MiLB.com: How would you evaluate your first season?

Turner: I would say there were some ups and downs, but overall it was a solid year. I felt like I learned a lot and improved and that is what the Minor Leagues are all about — improving each and every year and trying to reach your full potential. The biggest thing I want to work on, pitching-wise now, is getting consistency with all three of my pitches — my fastball, my curveball and my changeup. Obviously, right now my fastball is ahead of both my other pitches, but that is one of those things that I’ve been trying to work on. I try to make sure I have the same mechanics and progression through every pitch, throwing it just like a fastball.

MiLB.com: You got an opportunity to travel a lot with the Whitecaps. What cities have you enjoyed playing in?

Turner: My favorite city so far has probably been Grand Rapids, where West Michigan is. I really liked it up there and it reminded me a lot about home in St. Louis. There were a lot of great cities in the Midwest League, but I loved playing in Dayton. They have a great fan base and they really pack out the stadium. Their fans are into every game and it was a fun place to play.

There were a couple bus trips in the Midwest League that were pretty long, but I tried to sleep and make it go by as fast as I could. The other guys would watch movies and try to kill time and we definitely had a few characters on the team that lightened the mood. Once I got to the Florida State League, there weren’t many long trips at all.

MiLB.com: The names of top pitching prospects often get thrown around in the offseason when trade rumors are rampant. With the Tigers possibly looking to make some moves before April, have you been paying attention to what fans and writers have been saying?

Turner: I haven’t really heard anything about that. Rumors are always going to be prevalent when you’re talking about baseball in the offseason, but I don’t really concern myself too much with stuff like that. I’d definitely say it is an honor if other teams value me, but ultimately every Minor Leaguer is in the same position, trying to get to the big leagues as fast as they can.

MiLB.com: Realistically, how far away from the Majors do you think you are?

Turner: I really don’t have any idea. I go out there every single day and do my best and let the Tigers take care of the rest.

We unfortunately never had a chance to see Turner play, as he was promoted before we were able to make it down for a game. I like his props on Grand Rapids, though. I look forward to seeing how his career progresses.

Whitecaps Update 6/10

capslogo.jpgFirst Half Report: The Whitecaps finished last in the Midewest League East Division with a record of 26-43, the worst in the team’s history. The club is on pace to score it’s fewest runs in a season (currantly 570 in 2003) and to have the highest ERA (4.04 in 1999). Offensively, the only standout is third baseman Wade Gaynor (pictured) who hit .269 with 20 extra-base hits. On the mound, Giovanni Soto led the way with a 5-4 record and 2.05 ERA. Pitching prospect Jacob Turner and first baseman Jordan Lennerton have been promoted to the Lakeland Flying Tigers of the Florida State League, and made room for some 2010 draft picks on the ‘Caps rosters. Coming to West Michigan are infielder Tony Plagman from Georgia Tech (where he hit 21 homers), catcher Robert Brantly from Univ. of Cal-Riverside (hit .373 with 20 doubles and 11 homers), and first baseman Clay Jones from Alabamba (hit .313 with 17 homers and 66 RBI’s for the Crimson Tide). Hopefully these guys an contribute and help to aviod the Whitecaps falling on their face again in the second half.


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2010 Midwest League All-Star Game: Representing the Whitecaps in this seasons All-Star game were 19 year old pitchers Jacob Turner and Giovonni Soto. Turner pitallstargame.jpgched the third inning, giving up one double and retiring the other three hitters. “Whenever you make an all-strar team, it means you’re doing something right,” Turner told the Grand Rapids Press. “It felt all right. It was one inning. Nothing spectacular and it wasn’t terrible. I just went out there and did my thing. That’s what you have to try adn do.”  The lefty Soto came in to pitch a shutout inning in the sixth. He gave up one infield single and struck out one. “I felt proud because I’ve never been on an all-star team”, stated Soto. “And I feel I pitched well.” Their efforts help lead the East Division to a 6-2 victory over the West for the second year in a row, and fifth time in the last six years.

Whitecaps Hall of Fame: Voting has now started for the 2011 class of the Whitecaps Hall of Fame. This years ballot features current Detroit Tigers Joel Zumaya and Ramon Santiago, as well as Detroit’s head groundskeeper Heather Nabozny. Heather is the first female head groundskeeper in Major League history, and used to run things at Fifth-Third Ballpark in Grand Rapids. You can cast your vote HERE.

Photo courtesy of the Grand Rapids Press

Whitecaps Update 5/10

capslogo.jpgCellar Dwellers: Yes, ‘Caps fans, it’s true. As of last night West Michigan is in last place of the Midwest League East Division with a record of 20-31. This young team is just way too inconsistant at bat and on the field to get the job done. Manager Joe DePastino better set the ship right, or the ‘Caps will be making a rare absence from the playoffs.

Solid on the Hill: One bright spot for the Whitecaps this season has been the pitching. Trevor Feeney was named the MWL Pitcher of the Week ending 5/17. On the 10th of the month, Feeney hurled a complete game against the South Bend Silver Hawks in route to a 3-1 WM victory. The one run scored was unearned, as he struck out seven and issued only one walk. He only threw 107 pitches in the game and gave up six hits. In his eight starts this season he’s 4-3  with a 3.38 ERA. Also steady on the mound is nineteen-year-old Giovanni Soto. Last week facing the first place Lake County Captains, he struck out two and only walked one batter in a 3-1 victory. This season Soto is 3-3 with a 2.11 ERA, which is in the top ten of the Midwest League.

turner-habitat.jpgPitching In: On May 13, Whitecaps players and staff participed in the second Whitecaps Day of Service with Habitat for Humanity of Kent County. The players and staff painted a large house in Grand Rapids for a single mother of six children. Helping out on the project were Billy Alvino, Mike Gosse, Kenny Faulk, and Jacob Turner(pictured). The Whitecaps players volunteer their time all season long for various engagements such as visinting kids in children hospitals and schools.

Tigers GM in GR: Detroit Tigers General Manager Dave Dombrowski was in town to visit the Class A Affiliate and check out the prospects. The good news for Whitecaps fans is that it looks like Turner is staying in Grand Rapids for the time being. Dombrowski told the Grand Rapids Press: “There are no immediate plans to move him. I don’t know about later in the year, but at this point, this is a good place for development perposes. Right now, I think our thought process would be to keep him here and let him continue to develop and get the ball every five days. Will things change as the year goes on? Perhaps. But it won’t be in the near future.” The eighteen-year-old Turner is 0-2 with a 4.15 ERA in 26 IP so far this season. Domrowski continued: “We like what we’ver heard and our people like what they’ve seen. We’re very happy with him, and he’s going to be a very good pitcher for us in the future.” He also commented on the young ‘Caps team struggles: “It’s a younger team than in the past, but we like a lot of the players here. I think it’s the type of club that will get better as the year continues because you look for younger players to improve. They have a good work ethic and a good staff.”

wells1.jpgAlumni Up and Downs: Outfielder Brennan Boesch continues to contrubute to the Tigers, who are trying to keep pace the Twins in the AL Central. In 25 games Boesch is batting .340 with 22 RBI’s and a .617 Slugging Pct. He was also named MLB Rookie of the Month for May.  Due to his performance, second baseball Scott Sizemore has been sent back to the Toledo Mud Hens for more conditioning. He’s batting .250 with four doubles and two RBI’s in his seven games of Triple-A ball. Dombrowski also commented on Sizemore: “It’s tough to break into the big league level. Many very good players come up to the big leagues that (struggle) and are optioned out and come back to be real good players. It’s an adjustment up there.” Also making his Major League debut with the Tigers this month was Casper Wells. In four games he’s hitting .222 with one double and a pair of RBI’s. Wells was a MWL Mid-Season All-Star with the Whitecaps in 2008 before being promoted to Double-A Erie. He set a Midwest League recond on May 2 of that year by getting hit by a pitch four times by Quad Cities. He’s a native of Grand Rapids, MI, and it’s a proven fact that great men are born in GR.  

 

sedon1.jpgRoster Moves: Memorial Day weekend will be kicking off with a new look roster for the Whitecaps. With there current record, some knew changes would be coming, with four players joining the team and five being removed. Joining the team from extended Spring Training are second baseman Chris Sedon and shortstop Jimmy Gulliver, both 2009 draft picks. Sedon played college ball for Pitt and was named to four different All-American teams, including the Louisville Slugger First Team and Baseball America Second Team. Gulliver is a product of Eastern Michigan, was born in Detroit, and grew up in Allen Park, MI. His father Glenn was drafted by the Tigers in 1976. Also Joining the team are pitchers Jared Wesson and Zach Samuels. Both were signed by the Tiges after going undrafted last summer. The lefty Wesson made a solid impact in his first outing over the weekend. He threw six shut-out innings and gave up only three hits in a 7-4 victory over the Dayton Dragons. Wesson told the Grand Rapids Press how excited he was: “Playing in front of a crowd was great and they were really energetic. I like the home fans, and I’m just trying to help the ball club as much as I can.” He played college ball for Mississippi State and underwent Tommy John surgery in 2005. Leaving the ‘Caps for extended Spring Training are infielders Luis Plalacios and Elvin Soto, and pitchers Melvin Mercedes and Luis Sanz. Mike Gosse was given his release from the Tigers organizantion.

wesson1.jpgPhotos courtesy of the Grand Rapids Press

Whitecaps Update 4/10

capslogo.jpg‘Caps in Second(to last): With a record of 7-14 so far this young season, obviously West Michigan’s young roster is having some struggles. The Whitecaps finally broke out of thier offensive slump yesterday, though, beating the Lansing Lugnuts 7-2 on the back of 12 hits. They had scored just three runs in their previous five games. The losing streak even prompted manager Joe DePastino to call their hitting struggles ‘ugly’ earlier this week. Instead of having someone throw batting practice, he had the team use the pitching machine with some speed in order to get the team to shorten their strides and hit line drives up the middle. It seemed to have worked.

The bright spot so far in 2010 is the young pitching staff. This year’s rotation is sporting a solid 3.15 ERA with the bullben being 2-2  with a 2.83 ERA in the past 15 games. Starter Trevor Feeney leads the way with 24 strikeouts and a 3.25 ERA in 27.2 innings pitched. Also throwing well are Jacob Turner (0-0, 1.00) and Giovani Soto (1-1, 2.63). Turner unfortunately was place on the DL Monday for stiffness in his right arm. He had only allowed one run and seven hits in his two starts.

ingebobble.jpg Inge Bobblehead: If you happen to be in the Grand Rapids area on May 7, stop into Fifth Third Ballpark for your free Brandon Inge bobblehead. The bobbling likeness of the former Whitecap and current Detroit Tiger will be given away to the first 1,000 fans through the gate.

Boesch MLB Debut: Outfielder Brennan Boesch recently made his Major League debut for the Tigers after Carlos Guillen was placed on the DL. In five game with the Tigers he is batting .278 with five hits, including three doubles and three RBI’s. He was a 3rd round pick of Detroit in the 2006 draft. Playing for the Whitecaps in 2007, he hit .267 with 19 doubles and 10 home runs. This kid definately has some power. He’ll need to cut down on the strikeouts and work on his fielding a bit to stay up at this level.

boesch2.jpgThis will be my last post for at least another week or so, as I’m leaving for my baseball trip to Iowa later today. Wish me a safe journey with no rainouts.

Inge photo courtesy of the West Michigan Whitecaps

Boesch photo courtesy of the Midwest League

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