The West Michigan Whitecaps started their two-week road trip and Dillon Dingler destroys Low-A pitching in his rehab assignment.
In this week's Detroit Tigers minor league recap, we look at the starting pitching performance by the Whitecaps down in Cedar Rapids, Justyn-Henry Malloy cools off slightly and the bullpen woes in Erie continue.
Triple-A Toledo Mud Hens (17-9) Run Diff: +38 2 back in IL West
The Mud Hens earned a split this week with Syracuse, the Mets Triple-A team. One can argue this has been the best team the Mud Hens have faced this season as far as prospect talent goes. The left side of the infield includes Ronny Mauricio (MLB Pipeline #6) and Mark Vientos (MLB Pipeline #8)
The Mets had a game plan for Justyn-Henry Malloy, who came into the series as one of the hottest hitters in Triple-A. Due to a rain out the night before, Wednesday was a double-header as Toledo jumped out early with three runs in the first and taking the 4-1 victory, but Malloy went 1-for-4 with a strikeout. Syracuse threw Malloy inside, which did not allow him to extend and got him to chase away.
In the second game, Malloy went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts as he looked rushed in all four of his plate appearances. John Curtiss carved Malloy up with that sequence. Curtiss, who has pitched in 85 games in the big leagues, showed off an impressive slider as he struck out four in two innings of work. Total in the second game, Toledo struck out 13 times. On the week, Malloy went 5-for-24 with a home run.
Catcher Andrew Knapp had the best week among the Toledo bats, going 7-for-13 with a pair of doubles, and a triple to put up a slash line of .538/.684/.846.
Pitching wise, Alex Faedo had a good week. In two starts, he threw seven innings, allowing one earned run over two hits, striking out six and held batters to .091 batting average. Reese Olson, who started in game one of the doubleheader on Wednesday, allowed just one run over two hits. His fastball hit 96-97 but mainly working on getting command of his slider and threw his curve more, a pitch that he rarely used in previous starts. After game one, Olson was presented with the Rawlings Gold Glove for his defense at Double-A Erie.
Toledo continues their home stand with Indianapolis on Tuesday.
Detroit Tigers optioned 3B Tyler Nevin to Toledo
Tigers recall Zach Short
Tigers select the contract of Andy Ibáñez
Toledo place Ryan Kreidler on 7-day IL (knee soreness)
SS Corey Joyce to Toledo
RHP Layne Henderson to Toledo from Erie
RHP Chavez Fernander to Toledo from WM