Detroit Tigers Weekly Minor League Report: Welcome the class of 2021

West Michigan Whitecaps outfielder Parker Meadows waits to bat.
West Michigan Whitecaps outfielder Parker Meadows waits to bat. /
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Wisconsin Timber Rattlers pitcher Reese Olson (13) pitches against the West Michigan Whitecaps Wednesday, May 19, 2021, at Neuroscience Group Field at Fox Cities Stadium in Grand Chute, Wis.Apc Rattlesvswhitecaps 0519210557djp /

High-A West Michigan Whitecaps: 36-41 6.5 GB High-A Central-East Division

The Whitecaps split their series on the road against the Great Lakes Loons 3-3 as both teams took turns winning, starting with the Whitecaps on Tuesday, winning 6-3.

Rey Rivera hit about 800 feet worth of home runs as he hit one in the fourth inning and one in the eighth inning. Gage Workman and Jimmy Kerr both hit doubles and Parker Meadows went 2-for-4. Zach Hess picked up his seventh save on the season.

After losing 16-9 on Wednesday, the Whitecaps bounced back on Thursday with an 8-2 victory. Garrett Hill pitched well, going five innings, allowing one run over two hits, walking four but struck out eight. Zac Houston, who is making his way back up, pitched a scoreless inning and so far in five appearances for the Whitecaps, has allowed one run over five hits in 6.2 innings of work and striking out 13 to just three walks.

On Saturday, Adam Wolf pitched five innings, allowing two runs over six hits, and struck out five and Hess picked up his eighth save on the season. Jimmy Kerr had a pair of doubles and Gresuan Silverio, a catcher called up from Lakeland on July 26th along with Cooper Johnson, had doubles.

Friday’s trade deadline saw a new pitcher on the West Michigan roster as Reese Olson comes over from the Brewers in exchange for left-handed pitcher Daniel Norris.

West Michigan Hitters of the Month:

Eric De La Rosa had a fantastic month, hitting .355/.388/.527 with an OPS of .915 with seven doubles, three triples, and seven stolen bases. (33-for-93). Parker Meadows has picked it up as of late in the power department, hitting four home runs to lead the team in the month of July. The batting average of .255 for the month is an improvement as Meadows has been better since returning from the IL.

West Michigan Pitchers of the Month:

Garrett Hill led the rotation for the month of July. He threw 18.2 innings in five starts, allowing three runs over 14 hits, striking out 28, and walking 9. He finished with an ERA of 1.45 and a FIP of 2.25.

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