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Detroit Tigers Minor League Report: Week 2

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DETROIT, MI - JULY 29: Center fielder Mikie Mahtook #15 of the Detroit Tigers can't get to a hit by Marwin Gonzalez #9 of the Houston Astros for a double during the first inning at Comerica Park on July 29, 2017 in Detroit, Michigan. The Tigers defeated the Astros 5-3. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI - JULY 29: Center fielder Mikie Mahtook #15 of the Detroit Tigers can't get to a hit by Marwin Gonzalez #9 of the Houston Astros for a double during the first inning at Comerica Park on July 29, 2017 in Detroit, Michigan. The Tigers defeated the Astros 5-3. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images) /
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DENVER, CO – APRIL 16: Cup holders are filled with snow as snow removal delays the start of the double header between the New York Mets and the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on April 16, 2013 in Denver, Colorado. All uniformed team members are wearing jersey number 42 in honor of Jackie Robinson Day. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO – APRIL 16: Cup holders are filled with snow as snow removal delays the start of the double header between the New York Mets and the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on April 16, 2013 in Denver, Colorado. All uniformed team members are wearing jersey number 42 in honor of Jackie Robinson Day. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images) /

West Michigan Whitecaps

Like the Detroit Tigers, West Michigan has been fighting Mother Nature a lot to get games in this April. The Whitecaps have played just four games since last Friday, with weather postponing games four days in a row.

Despite all the bad weather, West Michigan has managed to continue their strong start. At 8-3, they’re tied for first in their division with Dayton (Cincinnati).

The Whitecaps record is due in large part to their pitching. Currently, the staff is sporting a collective 2.20 ERA, and 9.1 K/9. Leading the rotation are lefty Eudis Idrogo and righty Garett King.

Through two starts, Idrogo has allowed just one run in 11.0 innings and owns a 0.91 WHIP. King has allowed two runs in 11.1 innings, and struck out eight in both of his starts. The righty has also only walked one, giving him a staggering 16:1 strikeout/walk ratio.

The starters have been supplemented by a strong bullpen. Among them are a pair of Venezuelan right-handers that have not been scored upon in three outings apiece.

Oswaldo Castillo has gone at least two innings in each of his appearances, and has fanned 10 in seven and two-thirds. Wladimir Pinto has saved a pair of the Whitecaps wins, and allowed one hit in three and two-thirds innings. Seven of the 11 outs he’s recorded have been strikeouts, for a rate of 17.2 K/9.

The Offense

Cole Peterson, who we touched on last week, continues to lead the offense. Peterson’s three-hit night on Thursday was his fifth multi-hit game of the year, and brought his average up to .356. Last year’s 13th rounder leads West Michigan in average, hits, runs, and steals.

Next: Who should start in left field?

The first two weeks of the season are in the books for the Detroit Tigers affiliates. Make sure to check back each Friday to stay up to date on the latest happenings from around the system.

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