COMSTOCK PARK, Mich. (WOOD) - It wasn't all that long ago players like Prince Fielder and Miguel Cabrera were prospects, honing their skills in ballparks across the Midwest League. Both have gone on to become perennial all stars. And that's exactly what every Midwest League player dreams of every day.
There are over 455 players in the Midwest League that go out everyday and dream of moving up the food chain to the majors.
"If you get to thinking about it, you get to thinking about all the players in the minor leagues and who's ahead of you, who's coming up, it can kill you," Whitecaps infielder Jared Reaves said. "You know it really can, it can mentally drain you."
Each player sacrifices so much to play the game they love. Aside from the dedication to staying mentally and physically fit, they move away to foreign places, lose time with family and friends, and for the most part live out of a suitcase from hotel to hotel, waiting for their break.
"You've got to believe in yourself when nobody else does," said Whitecaps infielder Jeff Holm. "There are people that believe in me and I believe in myself so it's just a matter of time to me."
Watch the video for the full report on the dreams and dedication of some of the West Michigan Whitecaps.
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