Detroit Tigers Minor League Report: Week 6

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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West Michigan Whitecaps

A 2-4 week has seen the Whitecaps slip down to 20-18. They are currently in third, six games out of first place in the Midwest League Eastern Division.

Idrogo Continues Dominance

Eudis Idrogo joined Spencer Turnbull among the weekly award winners this week, claiming the Midwest League Pitcher of the Week. In his lone outing, the righty tossed a seven-inning complete game shutout. Idrogo yielded three hits, did not walk a batter, and fanned 11.

We’ve touched on Idrogo a few times already, but his numbers are worth mentioning again. Through six starts, he has posted a 0.49 ERA, and opponents are hitting .188 against him. Despite his terrific numbers, his record is just 2-2, which gives you an idea of how bad West Michigan’s offense has been.

The right-hander people have had their eyes on the most on the Whitecaps staff is, of course, Matt Manning. The former first rounder surrendered three runs in five innings in his lone outing of the week.

It was more of the same for Manning, who continues to put up ludicrous strikeout numbers. He added eight in his five innings, bringing his strikeout rate to 14.8/9. On the other hand, walks are still an issue. With three more free passes, Manning’s walk rate is a shade under 7.0/9.

At some point this summer, Manning should advance to Lakeland. However, he will have to improve his control to prove he’s ready for the next step.

The Offense

As has been the case for much of the year, Luke Burch and Cole Peterson have been leading the Whitecaps offense. Burch has seven hits in his last two games, raising his season mark to .292. Peterson’s .288 average is second on the club, and he leads West Michigan in hits, runs, and steals.

First baseman Jordan Pearce leads the team by a wide margin with 27 walks drawn. However, he’s only hitting .192 to go with his .353 OBP. How can a guy with plate discipline like that be hitting 160 points less than his on-base percentage?

The reason appears to be bad luck. Pearce’s BABIP is a lowly .214, which is well below average, suggesting he’s due to heat up a little bit. In the meantime, walking more than you’re striking out is a great start.

Next: What can the Tigers expect from the No. 1 pick?

That concludes another week of the Minor League Report. Make sure to check back each Friday for the latest updates from around the Detroit Tigers organization.