Detroit Tigers fans will see some familiar names at Fifth Third Ballpark in Comstock Park this year.
The West Michigan Whitecaps have released their initial roster for the 2012 season, and it includes names like Kaline, Leyland, Lemon, and Avila.
Colin Kaline is the grandson of legendary Tiger Al Kaline. Marcus Lemon is the son of former Tiger Chet Lemon. Both will be infielders for the Whitecaps this season though.
Patrick Leyland is the son of Tigers manager Jim Leyland and will be a catcher for the Whitecaps this summer. He will be a battery-mate of RHP Nick Avila, the cousin of Tigers catcher Alex Avila and the nephew of Tigers assistant general manager Al Avila.
The Whitecaps full roster is listed below:
Pitchers: Nick Avila (RHP), Dan Bennett (RHP), Josue Carreno (RHP), Tommy Collier (RHP), Tim Kelley (RHP), Wilsen Palacios (RHP), Kyle Ryan (LHP), Luis Angel Sanz (RHP), Warwick Saupold (RHP), Brennan Smith (RHP), Jade Todd (LHP), Michael Torrealba (RHP), Ryan Woolley (RHP).
Catchers: Curt Casali, Jim Leyland
Infielders: Dean Green, Colin Kaline, Marcus Lemon, Brandon Loy, Eugenio Suarez, Aaron Westlake
Outfielders: Jason Krizan, Steven Moya, Danry Vasquez, Chad Wright