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Hot Stone League

Larry Stone gives his take on a wide array of baseball issues and weighs in about the Mariners, too.

April 28, 2010 at 12:11 PM

Mariner minor-league report, Wednesday, April 28

Update: Big Carlos Peguero hit three home runs today for West Tennessee, giving him nine for the season, tied for the league lead with top Marlins’ prospect Mike Stanton.

Click here for today’s Mariner minor-league report, summarizing Tuesday’s games.

The Mariners have to be happy to see Carlos Triunfel on a tear (.407 with two homers and 7 RBI over his last seven games) after a nearly lost 2009 season because of a fractured left tibia two games into the season. Triunfel, remember, is just 20 years old and has plenty of time to regain his status as an elite prospect. And if that happens, the Mariners can groom him for the majors or use him as a prime trade chip for the bat they seem certain to be seeking at the trade deadline if they remain in contention. Triunfel is hitting .278/.333/.389 with two homers and 8 RBI in 18 games.

Another name that has caught my eye is 19-year-old shortstop Nick Franklin, the Mariners’ other No. 1 draft pick last year (compensation from Philadelphia for signing Raul Ibanez), after Dustin Ackley. Franklin was taken No. 27 overall out of Lake Brantley (Fla.) High School. Franklin is tearing it up for Class A Clinton. As this report notes, since April 10, he has hit safely in 14 of 16 games, batting .379 (25×66) with

11 runs scored, 1 double, 4 triples, 4 home runs and 13 RBI. Overall, Franklin is hitting .351 with four homers and 13 RBI in 18 games. This is a guy that scouting director Tom McNamara was very high on, and Franklin is starting to show why.

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