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May 14, 2010 at 3:21 PM

Mariners minor-league report, May 14

Here is the latest report, including Thursday’s games.

Brad Nelson, one of my favorite lumbering minor-league sluggers, had two of the Rainiers’ four hits in an 8-0 loss to Nashville. He’s hitting .321 and has a .915 OPS, but the Rainiers are having very similar offensive struggles as the Mariners:

Batting average:

Mariners .231

Rainers: .237

On-base percentage:

Mariners: .311

Rainiers: .322

Slugging percentage:

Mariners .334

Rainiers: .362

Home runs

Mariners: 16

Rainiers: 19

Runs scored

Mariners 114 in 34 games (3.35 per game)

Rainiers 123 in 32 games (3.8 per game)

It must be contagious.

Mike Wilson, who has been kicking around the Mariners’ minor-league system since he was drafted in the second round of 2001 — and at 6-2, 245, a borderline lumbering minor-league slugger — is back with Tacoma after a recent promotion from Class AA West Tennessee. Wilson, a righty, hit .292/.402/.585 for the Diamond Jaxx, wtih eight homers and 22 RBI.

More encouraging signs from Dustin Ackley, who had another two-hit game with West Tennessee and has his average up to .211 with a 12-for-30 stretch. And how about the continued torrid hitting of High Desert’s Nate Tenbrink, who had a pair of homers yesterday. Tenbrink has his average up to .391 with seven homers, 30 RBI and a .680 slugging percentage. I don’t care if it is a hitters’ league or a hitters’ ballpark — those numbers are still spectacular.

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