Ryan Hamme has been doing the job in the outfield for the West Michigan Whitecaps.
Hamme was picked by the Chicago White Sox in the 31st round of the 2009 first-year player draft out of Campbell University.
He now is in the Detroit Tiger organization and batting .274 with two home runs and 16 RBIs.
Earlier in the season, Hamme was struggling with Kannapolis, N.C. in the South Atlantic League with a .218 batting average after 18 games. The Chicago White Sox organization released him but the Tigers signed him to a contract and assigned him to the Whitecaps.
Hamme had played for current Whitecaps manager Ernie Young at Kannapolis last season.
“I’ve gone through a few streaks and a few slumps here and there,” he said. “All in all, I think it’s been a pretty fun season.”
The competition hasn’t been all that surprising for Hamme.
“It’s good competition day-in and day out here,” he said. “It’s a competitive league.”
Minor leaguers seem to be unanimous in their thoughts that the biggest adjustment in their pro debut is the grind of playing almost every day.
“This year, it seems to be a little easier,” Hamme said.
At the plate, Hamme has made various adjustments with his swing in a bid to get better offensively.
In the outfield, Hamme has been getting good jumps on the ball.
He’s been impressed with the makeup of the Whitecaps team so far.
“We mesh well together,” he said. “Everyone gets along well.”
He’s also been impressed with the organization, especially with how the fans react to the team.
But Hamme needs to focus on having a strong end of the season. So far, it looks like the chance the Tigers took on him has paid off rather well.