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).
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.
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.
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.