Andrew Graham will return in 2016 for a third season as manager of the West Michigan Whitecaps.
Graham has done well at the helm for West Michigan, leading the Detroit Tigers farm team to the playoffs both years. The Whitecaps won this year’s Midwest League Championship Series, beating the Cedar Rapids Kernels in five games.
Graham also won a ring with West Michigan as a player in 2004. The Australia native appeared in 58 games with the 2004-05 Whitecaps.
Also returning next season is pitching coach Mark Johnson. He was the Whitecaps pitching coach from 2008 to 2012, then spent two years with Detroit’s short-season Class A team before returning to West Michigan in 2015.
The Whitecaps will have a new hitting coach in 2016: Edgar Alfonzo, older brother of former MLB player Edgardo Alfonzo. He played 12 seasons in the minor leagues, in the California Angels and Baltimore Orioles organizations. That included 228 games with the Quad City Angels, spread over four Midwest League seasons (1985-88).