Here is today’s Mariners’ minor-league report
Much like Ichiro, Dustin Ackley seems to have responded to a well-timed day off. Since then, he is 5-for-9 and has raised his average back to .300. In Tacoma’s 6-2 win over Fresno on Tuesday, Ackley was 2-for-5 with two RBIs, a walk and a stolen base, his seventh. Ackley leads the Pacific Coast League with 55 walks, helping him to a .418 on-base percentage. To answer your next question: Any day now, folks.
The massive Luis Jimenez (6-foot-3 and conservatively listed as 275 pounds) hit hs fourth homer in the game. He has reached base in 28 of 29 games since joining Tacoma from Double-A Jackson on May 12. Matt Tuiasosopo had two hits, but he’s hitting only .237.
Jackson was off yesterday, but Class A High Desert lost 6-3 to Stockton. Dennis Raben was named California League Player of the Week, and if he hadn’t, there should have been an investigation. For the week, Raben had five homers, two doubles, a triple and 17 RBIs. But this is my favorite part: Not only did he hit .519, and have a .552 on-base percentage, but Raben put up a 1.222 slugging percentage. Let me rephrase that: He put up a 1.222 slugging percentage!
The Mariners’ other Class A team, the Clinton LumberKings, lost 5-0 to Quad Cities as George Mieses fell to 1-8.
In glancing at the stats for the Mariners’ Venezuelan Summer team, one player again caught my eye: Second baseman Felipe Burin is hitting .451 in 26 games (46-for-102) with 21 runs, 12 doubles, two triples, one homer, and 28 RBIs. Burin, who turned 19 in February, is from Sao Paulo, Brazil.