What is it about the Mariners and their mid-season promotions in the minor-leagues?
As we noted yesterday, Kyle Seager has been on fire since getting bumped for Class AA Jackson to AAA Tacoma — and yesterday he added a three-run homer in the Rainiers’ 13-9 win at Colorado Springs. Seager is hitting .455 since joining Tacoma on June 23. (The victory went to lefty Anthony Vasquez in his first start since coming up from Jackson, but he did give up five runs in 6 1/3 innings; that will happen to a pitcher in Colorado Springs).
I’ve written earlier about shortstop Nick Franklin, who was hitting .600 (9-for-15) in his first four games with Jackson after getting called up from Class A High Desert. Then Franklin got hit in the jaw while in the batting cage and wound up on the DL, where he remains. Turns out Franklin’s healing up, only to get hit with a bout of food poisoning. The team hopes he’ll be back playing next week.
The newest promotion sensation is Vincent Catricala — a third baseman — who hit .351 with 14 homers and 61 RBIs for High Desert. Numbers in High Desert are always under suspicion, but Catricala has been raking since joining Jackson on June 30. In his first six games, he’s hitting .458 (11-for-24) with two homers, 10 RBIs, a .500 on-base percentage and .917 slugging percentage. Catricala was 4-for-5 with two doubles and three RBIs in Jackson’s 14-7 loss to Mississippi last night.
One more performances to note: 18-year-old outfield prospect Guillermo Pimentel had two homers and seven RBIs in Pulaski’s (rookie) 11-3 win over Bristol yesterday. Through 15 games, Pimentel is hitting .377 with six homer and 19 RBIs and slugging .774. This is really a guy to watch. Scouts love him.