Open practice for the West Michigan Whitecaps at Fifth Third Ballpark on April 8, 2015.

Whitecaps season opener on Thursday

Weather permitting, the West Michigan Whitecaps will host their season opener at Fifth Third Ballpark against the Dayton Dragons.

Javier Betancourt of the West Michigan Whitecaps. (June 17, 2014)

The sounds of Javier Betancourt

The West Michigan Whitecaps’ Javier Betancourt is solid with the bat — and he’s not too bad with the ivories, either.