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:
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.