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2004 Scouting Report

West Michigan Whitecaps


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This page profiles the 2004 West Michigan Whitecaps, a Single-A affiliate of the Detroit Tigers and a member of the Midwest League.


Except where otherwise specified, all statistics are through the end of the 2004 season. I did not write team commentaries this season.

MWL Fan's Guide

Season Summary


  • Second Half: 40-30, .571, 1st place, 1.0 ahead
  • First Half: 29-40, .420, 5th place, 12.5 behind
  • Pitching: 69-70, 3.52, 36 saves, 5 complete games, 1123 strikeouts
  • Hitting: .254, 619 runs scored, 94 HR, 117 steals (65% success)
  • Defense: 160 errors (1.15 per game)
  • April: 8-13, .381
  • May: 12-17, .414
  • June: 13-13, .500
  • sorry; stopped following the season on July 4.
  • Position Players used: 19
  • Pitchers used: 16
  • Pitchers per game: 3.3

Leading Players


  • Best Player on the Team: First Baseman Kelly Hunt

  • Best Starting Pitcher: Christhian Martinez (5-2, 2.44, 45 strikeouts)
  • Bullpen Stopper: Eulogio Delacruz (3.83, 2-4, 17 saves, 44 strikeouts)
  • Strikeout Pitchers: Chris Homer, Kenon Ronz, Anthony Tomey
  • Control Pitchers: Kenon Ronz, Chris Steinborn, Matt Vasquez

  • Best Hitter: Tony Giarratano (.285, 1 HR, 13 RBI)
  • Home Run Leader: Kelly Hunt (21)
  • High Batting Average: Juan Francia (.320)
  • High On Base Percentage: none
  • High Slugging Percentage: none
  • Notable Baserunners: Vincent Blue, Juan Francia, Tony Giarratano, Garth McKinney, Luis Sabino
  • Notable Batting Eye: Tony Giarratano

Pre-Season Profile

Manager

Matt Walbeck is a first-year manager.


First Round Draft Selection

  • none

Team Age Information

  • Average Team Age: 22.3
  • Pitchers: 22.4
  • Hitters: 22.2
  • Oldest Player on the Team: Troy Pickford (8/9/79)
  • Youngest Player on the Team: Eugolio Delacruz (3/12/84)

The average player in the Midwest League this season is about 21.9 years old. This information is based on opening day rosters as published on the team website and will not be updated.


Where they played last season

This summary is based on the team's opening day roster and will not be revised to reflect roster changes.

The new Whitecaps very closely resemble last summer's Oneonta team.

Team          League             W/L    Place    Hitters Pitchers
                                       (Teams)
Lakeland      Florida State (A+) 55/78 11(12)       2      1
West Michigan Midwest (A)        67/73  9(14)       2      4
Oneonta       New York-Penn (A-) 45/30  4(14)       9     11
Tigers        Gulf Coast (R)     28/29  5(12)       1      1

All of these players were Detroit farmhands last season. One appeared briefly at the Double-A level.



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