The Hawaii Winter Baseball League is underway, and the Tigers have three prospects looking to gain valuable experience heading into the offseason. 2007 draftee Cale Iorg got off to a quick start going two-for-five in his first game, but has since slumped to a .176 average with no extra base hits in four games.
After a two-year Mormon mission, the rust on Cale's game is very apparent, as he has committed four errors already. His playing time has diminished the last few games as standout Cincinnati Reds prospect, Chris Valaika has been taking the field with greater frequency. The entire purpose behind Iorg's participation in the fall league is to get him additional game action and shake off the rust, so as long as he continues to get at-bats, he should start to get things going.
Also getting off to a rough start is catcher Dusty Ryan. After tearing his meniscus this summer, Ryan has been assigned to the North Shore Honu to make up for missed at-bats. In four games, Ryan has yet to record a hit, but has demonstrated solid defense and drawn a couple of walks.
Jeramy Laster has picked up where he left off the Midwest League season, knocking a home run in the season's second game. While he is only hitting .235 in six games, Laster has slugged one home run and two doubles, while driving in three. Laster has been manning center field for the Honu, a switch from his time with West Michigan. Laster is proving that his impressive tools are starting to take root, and that he could still be come a solid prospect.
The other fall leagues will be underway in short order, and the Tigers will have plenty of participants throughout the Arizona Fall League, Mexican Pacific League, Team USA, and the Dominican and Venezuelan Winter Leagues. Check back with TigsTown.com for all the updates.
Quick Hits: A former teammate of Tigers prospect Brennan Boesch at California, Chris Errecart will miss the remainder of the fall after a pitch from West Oahu's Steve Johnson broke his wrist…..Brewers prospect Mat Gamel is off to a blazing start, hitting .360/.407/.840 with three doubles and three home runs in seven games…..Baltimore's top draft pick, Matt Weiters is making his professional debut in the HWBL, and has started hitting just as many expected.