Detroit Tigers Prospects

Detroit Tigers: Alex Faedo, Daz Cameron promoted

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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

Like Lakeland, the Whitecaps also had their All-Star break this week. West Michigan won all three games they played to go into the break on a four-game winning streak. They finished the first half 36-34, in third place in the Midwest League Eastern Division.

All-Star Duo

The Whitecaps boasted a pair of All-Stars this season, shortstop Cole Peterson, and right-hander Brandyn Sittinger. Peterson entered Tuesday’s All-Star Game in the sixth, and grounded out in his lone at-bat. Sittinger came on in the eighth, and struck out the only batter he faced.

The game probably would’ve ended in a tie if not for a new minor league rule. With the score tied 2-2 after nine, the teams agreed to play one more inning. Starting this season, when a minor league game goes into extras, each half inning begins with a runner on second base.

The West All-Stars were unable to score in the top of the 10th. With two outs in the bottom half, Montrell Marshall (Dayton – Cincinnati), singled to give the East All-Stars a dramatic walk-off victory.

Manning Dominates

Matt Manning turned in his best start of the year this week. The former first rounder dealt a career-high seven shutout innings, giving up three hits and one walk, while striking out six.

The outing dropped the righty’s ERA to 3.70, the lowest it’s been all season. Through 10 starts, Manning has struck out 12.6/9, and walked 5.2. Despite missing the first few weeks due to injury, his 68 strikeouts rank in the top 10 in the Midwest League.

Azocar Heating Up

Prior to the season, Jose Azocar made Andy Patton’s list of prospects entering make-or-break seasons. His 2018 got off to a rough start, as he slashed .214/.231/.252 in 30 games for Lakeland. Azocar’s poor start to the campaign resulted in a demotion to West Michigan.

It took a few weeks, but the outfielder finally seems to be coming around at the plate. On Sunday, Azocar notched four hits, extending his hitting streak to six in a row. In 20 games with the Whitecaps, he’s hitting .304 with nine extra-base hits, including five triples. There’s still a long way to go before he’s back on track in his development, but it’s a good start.

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