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May 4, 2010 at 11:46 AM

Mariners’ minor-league report, Tuesday, May 4

Here’s today’s minor-league report from the M’s. And here’s yesterday’s, which I didn’t have time to post because I was involved in a conference all day in Tacoma. Here’s a post I put up earlier today on the upcoming draft, with Jack Zduriencik’s assessment of Seattle’s minor-league system.

The most encouraging news is the upturn of Michael Saunders, who reached base four times, with a single and three walks, along with two stolen bases, in the Rainiers’ 3-2 win over Portland. Over his last three games, Saunders is 4-for-9 with a doiuble and four walks, but his average is still mired at .169 (not .259 as the report says; unfortunately for Saunders, that is his on-base percentage, not his batting average).

I hate to dwell on Carlos Peguero, but he hit another homer yesterday — his 10th — and is hitting .379 for Class AA West Tennessee.

One pitcher who has stood out so far is lefty Bobby LaFromboise, their 8th-round pick from 2008 out of the University of New Mexico. He was the Player of the Week in the California League, and overall for High Desert is 3-0 with a 2.01 ERA, 22 strikeouts and just six walks in 22 1/3 innings.

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