Detroit Tigers Minor League Report Week 9: Red-Hot Mud Hens

Detroit Tigers prospect Gage Workman bats during 2020 instructional league play.
Detroit Tigers prospect Gage Workman bats during 2020 instructional league play. /
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West Michigan Whitecaps infielder Zac Shepherd (19) pitches against the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers on Wednesday, May 19, 2021, at Neuroscience Group Field at Fox Cities Stadium in Grand Chute, Wis. /

High-A West Michigan Whitecaps (25-27) High-A Central Division 4.5 GB

Team stats:  Run differential +6

Team batting average: .231

Team ERA:  3.95

Newest face(s) in West Michigan:  Gage Workman, Michael Bienlien (both from Lakeland)

Before we recap the week down in Peoria, per unofficial reports, Zeke Jennings reported that 2020 4th round draft pick Gage Workman was called up to West Michigan yesterday.

The Whitecaps split the week 3-3 with some impressive performances. Tuesday’s game was postponed to Thursday as part of a doubleheader so the series kicked off on Wednesday with a 9-4 victory. Rey Rivera went 2-for-4 with four RBI and both Daniel Cabrera and Andrew Navigato had a pair of hits.

On Thursday, West Michigan swept the doubleheader, winning 4 to 2 and 3 to 2 on the strength of strong pitching performances from Brendan White and Adam Wolf.  In the first game, White pitched six innings, allowing seven hits and a pair of runs, and struck out four. Navigato hit his first High-A home run in the first.

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Bryant Packard’s 2-run homer, his 4th of the season, gave West Michigan the 3-0 lead.

Adam Wolf had a no-hitter into the seventh inning before Zack Hess came on to get the save. Packard on the weekend finished with home runs on Friday and Sunday and Navigato, who can play anywhere in the infield, had a good first week after his call up to West Michigan, going 7-for-24 (.318)

West Michigan heads to Dayton for a six-game series that kicks off tonight.

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