The Detroit Tigers traded three former West Michigan Whitecaps players — including their top pitching prospect and their top catching prospect — to the Miami Marlins for a pair of players, including another former Whitecap.
The Tigers dealt RHP Jacob Turner and minor-leaguers Rob Brantly and Brian Flynn to the Marlins for 2B Omar Infante and RHP Anibal Sanchez. Turner was ranked by Baseball America as Detroit’s top prospect and he won his first major-league game Sunday against the Chicago White Sox. He pitched for the Whitecaps in 2010, going 2-3 with a 3.67 ERA and 51 strikeouts in 54 IP before being promoted to High-A.
Brantly ranked second among Detroit’s non-pitching prospects (behind Nick Castellanos) and was advancing quickly through the Tigers organization. After making his professional debut with the Whitecaps halfway through the 2010 season, he advanced to High-A before the end of the 2011 season, started this season in Double-A and played his last 36 games in Triple-A. In 127 games with the 2010-11 Whitecaps, Brantly hit .284 with 8 HR, 65 RBI and a .360 OBP.
Flynn, a left-handed pitcher, ranked 24th among Tigers prospects to start the year after spending the entire 2011 season with the Whitecaps. He went 7-2 with a 3.46 ERA and 57 strikeouts in 68 IP. He spent most of this season in High-A, but also made a single start in Double-A before the trade.
Infante returns to the Tigers after a five-year absence. He hit .229 in 12 games with the 2000 Whitecaps.
Sanchez didn’t play in the Midwest League. He perhaps is best known for throwing a no-hitter as a rookie in 2006.
MWL Players of the Week
A pair of Fort Wayne TinCaps were named the Midwest League Players of the Week for July 16-22.
Infielder Tyler Stubblefield hit .450 (11-for-24) during that stretch. He hit four doubles and a home run, knocked in six runs and stole three bases.
RHP Johnny Barbato (5-0, 2.17 ERA), a reliever, threw 5.2 scoreless innings without giving up a hit while striking out seven batters and walking one in three games.