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April 18, 2011 at 4:08 PM

Mariners’ minor-league report, April 18

Here is today’s minor league report.

Tacoma pitcher Chris Seddon was named the Pacific Coast League pitcher of the week after throwing 13 shutout innings in his first two starts of the seaon. The lefty has held opposing hitters to a.140 batting average. Seddon, 27, pitched 14 games in relief for the Mariner last year and had a 5.64 ERA. He also has seven games of major-league experience (four starts) with the Marlins in 2007.

I’m sure the Mariners are pleased to see shortstop Carlos Triunfel heating up at the plate. He had three hits, including a double and homer, for Class AA Jackson last night and is hitting .278. Outfielder James McOwen, who had a 45-game hitting streak two years ago but missed all last season with a dislocated left shoulder, is hitting .324. Jake Shaffer, another left-handed hitting outfielder, is hitting .366 for Jackson after hitting .338 last year for High Desert.

Speaking of High Desert, one player who can’t help but catch your eye is third baseman Vinnie Catricala, the Mariners’ 10th-round pick in 2009 out of the University of Hawaii. Catricala, a 6-3, 210-pound righty swinger, hit .301 with eight homers in 59 games for Class A Pulaski in 2009, and went .302 with 17 homers in 135 games for Clinton last year. In 11 games this year for High Desert, he’s htting .386 (17-for-44) with two doubles, one triple, one homer and 11 RBIs. He’s walked just once and has a .396 on-base percentage and .545 slugging percentage. Keep in mind, however, that High Desert is a hitters’ paradise. Dennis Raben has racked up three homers and 12 RBI so far and is slugging .612. Denny Almonte is slugging .609, Kalian Sams (an outfielder from the Netherlands) .714 (he’s homered three times in the last two games.

Forrest Snow, a right-handed pitcher from Seattle’s Lakeside (not Lakewood, sorry) High School, took the loss for Clinton last night, giving up three runs in five innings. Snow, the M’s 36th round pick in 2010, made a great impression last year, pitching 25 1/3 scoreless innings in relief for Everett. That earned him a promotion to Clinton, where he had a 1.35 ERA in 15 games and converted six of seven save attempts. He struck out a combined 52 in 45 1/3 innings. This year, he’s been starting for Clinton, and has a 3.86 ERA in three outings. Snow has given up just nine hits in 14 innings while striking out 16, and opposing hitters have a .184 average against him.

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