CATCHING UP WITH FORMER BUCK . . . MICHAEL BERTRAM
This week we are catching up with former Waterloo Bucks infielder Michael Bertram. The Detroit Tigers drafted the Lexington, Kentucky native in the 39th round of the 2006 amateur entry draft. Since being drafted, Bertram has worked his way up through the Tigers farm system, starting in Rookie league and moving all the way up to the Double-A ball.
After being drafted 1126th overall in ‘06, Bertram played for the Tigers’ Gulf Coast League team. He played in 44 of their 50 games, and batted a .250, hit one homer, 23 RBI, and had eight stolen bases.
Bertram advanced to the Tigers Single-A team in the 2007 season. With the West Michigan Whitecaps, Bertram helped the Whitecaps take first place in the Midwest League, and later that season helped them win the league championship. Bertram saw action in four of West Michigan’s Midwest League playoff games, hitting .462 (6-for-13) with a triple and three RBI. He played in 77 of the 140 games, batted .251; hit two homers, 32 RBI, and had two stolen bases. In 2008, Bertram was promoted to the Lakeland Flying Tigers, and was named player of the week in the Florida State League on Aug. 18 after hitting .400 (10-for-25) with two doubles, four home runs and nine RBI in seven games. Bertram hit .285 with eight homers and 55 RBI in 102 games and led the Florida State League with eight intentional walks. Bertram finished the season batting .285 with eight homers and 55 RBI, and two stolen bases.