Detroit Tigers Minor League Baseball Commentary and Analysis
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The Whitecaps now face elimination in their best of three game series after a 7-2 loss to the Loons last night. Brandon Douglas went two for four with a double and he drove in both Whitecaps runs and the rest of the team managed just one hit.
Casey Crosby took the loss. He gave up five runs on six hits and two walks with two strikeouts in 2 1/3 innings.
Casey Crosby improved to 10-4 on the season with a really nice start in the Whitecaps 9-2 win over South Bend. He gave up just three hits and three walks with three strikeouts in five shutout frames.
Brent Wyatt went two for four with two doubles, two RBIs, a walk and a run. BillyNowlin went two for four with a double, two runs and an RBIs.
Casey Crosby did it again and he improved to 9-4 with a really nice start in the Whitecaps 3-0 win over South Bend. He gave up just two hits and a walk with five strikeouts in six shutout innings. Tyler Stohr pitched a shutout ninth and he picked up his 17th save of the season.
Jordan Lennerton went two for three with a walk, a double and two RBIs. Ben Guez went two for four with a solo home run and two runs.
The Whitecaps made three errors in the fifth inning in which Cedar Rapids scored all five of their runs in a 5-3 loss. Casey Crosby fell to 8-4 despite a solid start. He gave up four runs (just one earned) on four hits with six strikeouts in 4 1/3 innings.
Alden Carrithers went two for four and he scored two runs. Billy Nowlin tripled and he drove in a run.
Casey Crosby improved to 8-3 on the season with another nice start in the Whitecaps 4-2 win over Clinton. He gave up a run on just two hits with a walk and seven strikeouts in five innings. Tyler Stohr pitched a shutout ninth and he picked up his fourteenth save of the season.
Brent Wyatt had a big day at the plate and he went four for five with a double, a run and an RBI. Avisail Garcia also had a nice game and he went three for four.
The Whitecaps managed just a pair of runs in their 4-2 loss to Peoria. Casey Crosby took the loss and he fell to 7-3. He gave up four runs (two earned) on three hits and a walk with two strikeouts in three innings. Victor Larez was particularly impressive on the mound and he pitched five innings of shutout relief.
Joseph Bowen went two for four in the loss. Ben Guez went one for four with a double, a run and an RBI.
Casey Crosby got it done again and you wonder how much longer it’ll be before he gets pushed up. He didn’t allow a hit and he walked one with six strikeouts in five shutout innings. The win pushed his record to 6-2 and he has 74 strikeouts in 63 2/3 innings with a 3.39 ERA.
Gustavo Nunez went three for three with a triple, two RBIs and two runs. Bryan Pounds went two for four with two doubles, two runs and an RBI.
Casey Crosby improved to 5-2 on the season with a nice start in the Caps 6-0 win over the Dayton Dragons. He gave up two hits and three walks with five strikeouts in five innings. Victor Larez struck out two in three shutout innings of relief.
Mike Gosse went three for four with an RBI. Billy Nowlin went one for three with a solo homer, two walks and three runs.
Casey Crosby fell to 4-2 on the season in a tough start as the White Caps lost to Fort Wayne 9-5. He gave up four runs on five hits and three walks with four strikeouts in three innings.
Brandon Douglas went two for four with a double, three RBIs and a run. Avisail Garcia went two for four with a double and a run.
The Caps scored four runs in the fifth inning and that proved to be the difference in their 6-4 win over the Loons. Gustavo Nunez led the way at the plate and he went three for four with two runs, a triple and an RBI. Brent Wyatt doubled, drew a walk, drove in one and scored twice.
Casey Crosby improved to 4-0 with the win. He gave up four runs (three earned) on five hits and one walk with four strikeouts in five innings. Tyler Conn pitched two shutout frames to close out the game and he picked up save number one.
Casey Crosby improved to 3-0 in the Whitecaps 8-0 win over Quad Cities. He gave up just four hits and four walks with five strikeouts and the solid start pushed his ERA down to 2.53. He has 52 strikeouts in 42 2/3 innings but he hasn’t pitched past the sixth inning.
Ben Guez had the big hit of the game. He belted a grand slam in the third inning. Brandon Douglas went three for three with a double, a triple, one walk and two runs.
The White Caps took care of Beloit 2-0 today behind some solid pitching by Casey Crosby. The former top draft pick gave up just one hit and three walks with seven strikeouts in six shutout innings. Unfortunately, the hitters couldn’t get their bats going early enough and it was actually Tyler Conn who picked up the win. Tyler Stohr pitched a shutout ninth and he picked up his fifth save of the season.
Gustavo Nunez was the hitting star in the win. He was a perfect three for three and he drove in both runs. Chao-Ting Tang went two for three and he scored both runs.
Casey Crosby had a mixed start today and he needed some help from the pen as the White Caps won their second straight. Crosby went the first 3 1/3 innings and he gave up two runs on five hits and two walks with five strikeouts. Matt Hoffman was very solid and he improved to 1-0. He gave up just two walks with four strikeouts in 3 2/3 no-hit innings. Tyler Stohr picked up save number two with a shutout ninth in which he struck out the side.
Billy Nowlin went two for with three RBIs in the 6-3 win. Jordan Newton went one for three with a home run, two walks and two runs.
Kevin Goldstein recently put out his list of who he things the Tigers top eleven prospects are. It’s an interesting list because like last year, you have two top players then a steep drop off. Cameron Maybin checks in at number one for the second straight season and that’s not a surprise. Yeah Maybin fell flat last year once he made it to the bigs but his minor league advancement was very solid. He’s still considered a future star and the Tigers felt good enough about him to trade away Gorkys Hernandez, another top outfield prospect.
The Tigers 2007 first round draft pick, Rick Porcello, checks in at number two and like Maybin, he was given a five star tag. Porcello signed too late to play in the Tiger’s system but he should start out with the White Caps. I doubt if he’ll stay there long and I expect to see some pretty high strikeout numbers while he’s there.
After that, things thin out. Casey Crosby, the Tigers fifth round pick in 2007, is the the third best prospect. Like Porcello, Crosby fell further down because of signability issues and he was a big reason many though the Tigers had one of the best drafts this year.
Cale Iorg and Brandon Hamilton (another first round, 2007 draft pick) round out the top five. Jeff Larish is sixth after a solid season at Double A last year and you also have a pair of pitchers in Yorman Bazardo and Eulogio De La Cruz who made the list despite having stints in the big leagues last year.
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