Notes: After losing Andrew Good to the big league club, the 'Hens were in need of a new starter to jump into the rotation. So, on Monday the Tigers announced that Mike Bynum, who had been in the SeaWolves' rotation, will make the jump up to AAA and will take the mound for the 'Hens on Tuesday night. . . . Also, more news out of the front office, the Mud Hens have announced that much like Lakeland, they'll also be adding a new video scoreboard to Fifth Third Field. Construction will begin shortly and will finish up midseason, so that will just be another perk when attending a game in Toledo at Fifth Third Field.
TT Stat: After a bit of a slow start, Curtis Granderson is finally pulling his numbers back up. Over his last four games, Granderson is hitting .389, including two doubles, three RBI, and four runs scored. Possibly the only uninspiring stat thus far for Granderson is his walk totals, or lack thereof (unusual for a typically patient hitter): he has just one walk over that stretch, and just two for the season.
Notes: Down to Erie, where the Tigers will replace Bynum with recent addition Adam Peterson. Peterson, who was claimed off waivers, will likely make the move to the bullpen, as that's where his potential lies. At just 26 with only three professional seasons under his belt, Peterson could still have some potential. As for the rotation spot, that'll be taken by Mark Johnson, who will hop into the group.
TT Stat: Joel Zumaya quieted some that were concerned with his high walk rates with a solid outing (despite a no-decision) on Monday. Zumaya still doesn't have a win, but now has 16 strikeouts in 13 2/3 innings, including six on Monday night that came without a walk.
Notes: The L-Tigers are off to one of their hottest starts in recent history, a far cry from last season in which despite having plenty of talent, couldn't put together a strong season. Some of this can be attributed to better players, but a new coaching staff also has helped, as Mike Rojas has brought a new atmosphere to the group, and has produced more victories. The feeling around the organization was that at least part of the lack of development of the guys in Lakeland had to do with the coaching staff, hence the change. So far, so good.
TT Stat: Justin Verlander continues to impress, as he won again on Monday to up his record to 2-1. Besides the wins and the impressive ERA, Verlander has struck out 17 batters in 16 innings, while walking just three. The Erie rotation is crowded, but don't be shocked if by midseason Verlander makes the jump up, much like Kyle Sleeth did last season.
Notes: After ensuring he was healthy, the Whitecaps have activated Andrew Kown back to the active roster. Kown took a ball off the face just over a week ago, but has recovered well and appears ready to get back into the action.
TT Stat: Jeff Frazier has been heating up the past week, as he's currently hitting .316 over his last 5 games, including a home run and 3 RBI. A good start for Frazier after a sudden end to his debut last year.