July 2, 2004
Baltimore, MD - Matt Righter (Clarion, PA/Lawrencville Prep) was promoted from the Detroit Tigers' Gulf Coast Team in Lakeland, Florida to their Class-A affiliate in West Michigan.
Righter, after being drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the 21st round, made two appearances for the Gulf Coast Tigers in his short stint before being promoted. He posted a 3.86 earned run average in 2.1 innings of work while striking out three.
In his first outing with the Whitecaps on Wednesday evening Righter worked a scoreless eighth inning striking out one. The West Michigan Whitecaps play in the 14-team Midwest League and play a schedule of 140 games. Information about the Whitecaps and Righter can be found on the Whitecaps homepage (www.whitecaps-baseball.com).
Righter finished his senior year at Hopkins going 7-1 with a 2.44 ERA and 56 strikeouts in 62.2 innings. Righter's career winning percentage of .833 is tied for fifth all time at Hopkins. He also won 12 consecutive decisions between 2003 and 2004; good for sixth all time in Hopkins history. Righter is the first Hopkins player taken in the Major League Baseball First Year Player draft since John Christ was selected in the 38th round by the Indians in 1999.