Whitecap given Minor League Pitcher of the Year Award

West Michigan Whitecaps, Gregory Soto
The West Michigan Whitecaps' Gregory Soto pitches against the Fort Wayne Tincaps at Fifth Third Ballpark on April 24, 2017.

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — In a minor league system recently restocked with fresh prospects, a West Michigan Whitecap was named pitcher of the year.

Pitcher Gregory Soto was named the Detroit Tigers Minor League Pitcher of the Year Wednesday. Soto finished the season 12-2 with a 2.25 earned run average and 144 strikeouts.

He started spring training pitching for Low-A level Lakeland before being called up to West Michigan in April.

Soto was a mid-season and postseason all-star in the Midwest League.

West Michigan will open up its 2018 season April 5 against the South Bend Cubs at Fifth Third Ballpark.