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Detroit Tigers Minor League Report: Week 3

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NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 06: A detail of a Detroit Tigers hat and glove are seen during warm ups against the New York Yankees during Game Five of the American League Championship Series at Yankee Stadium on October 6, 2011 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 06: A detail of a Detroit Tigers hat and glove are seen during warm ups against the New York Yankees during Game Five of the American League Championship Series at Yankee Stadium on October 6, 2011 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images) /
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DETROIT, MI – OCTOBER 18: A detail of a Detroit Tigers hat with an official postseason logo is seen on the bat rack in the udgout againstthe New York Yankees during game four of the American League Championship Series at Comerica Park on October 18, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images) /

West Michigan Whitecaps

It was an up-and-down week for the Whitecaps, who had both a three-game winning streak and three-game losing streak. They currently sit at 12-6, a half game behind Lansing (Toronto) in the Midwest League Eastern Division.

The big news of the week for West Michigan was the 2018 debut of Matt Manning. One of the top young arms in the system, Manning started the year on the DL.

Manning’s first outing of 2018 was a mixed bag. The first nine outs the 20-year old recorded were strikeouts, and 10 of his 11 outs were K’s.

In the fourth, things started to unravel. With one out, he gave up a single and a walk. After picking up his 10th strikeout, he loaded the bases with another walk, then gave up a two-run single which ended his night. For the evening, Manning threw 69 pitches, 43 of them (62 percent) for strikes.

The former first rounder took the hill again for West Michigan on Thursday afternoon. Again, he had mixed results. On one hand, Manning did not allow a hit, and struck out six in four innings.

On the other hand, he walked five, and threw just 55 percent of his 86 pitches for strikes. Walks were an issue at times last year for Manning, who posted 4.4 BB/9 in his two stops in 2017. Hopefully, as Manning gets comfortable again following the injury, he starts to pound the strike zone more.

The Offense

As seems to be the case with many of the Detroit Tigers affiliates, the offense has been a work in progress for West Michigan. Only two Whitecaps are hitting above .250 thus far, shortstop Cole Peterson, and outfielder Luke Burch.

The Whitecaps took their offensive struggles to a new low on Wednesday, as they were no-hit in game one of a doubleheader against Lake County (Cleveland).

Outside of Peterson, whose hot hitting we’ve detailed in each of the first two weeks, the lone bright spot has been Burch.

A ninth round pick last year out of Kent State, Burch leads West Michigan with 11 RBIs. He drove in multiple runs in four straight from April 19-22, including a career-high three on April 21. Hopefully, the rest of the Whitecaps bats warm up with the weather to keep the team in contention.

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That’s it for week three of the Minor League Report. Make sure to check back each Friday for the latest news and happenings from around the Detroit Tigers system.

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