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Hot Stone League

Larry Stone gives his take on a wide array of baseball issues and weighs in about the Mariners, too.

July 22, 2011 at 11:38 AM

Mariners’ minor-league report, July 22

Here’s is today’s Mariner minor-league report. I apologize for the lapse in reports lately, but hopefully this will catch you back up.

At Tacoma, where the Rainiers swept Tucson in a doubleheader, 9-2 and 8-1, Carlos Peguero continued to hit well since his demotion to the minors. He drove in five runs in the two games with two doubles and a triple. In four games since rejoining the Rainiers, Peguero is 8-for-18 (.444) with nine RBIs. Michael Saunders is heating up as well, with seven hits in his last 13 at-bats, including three doubles. Matt Mangini has a .372 average (51-for-137) since coming off the DL on June 4, and Alex Liddi has reached base in 32 consecutive games.

Pitching prospect Erasmo Ramirez, who has struggled a bit lately, gave up three homers, and seven runs, in Class AA Jackson’s 11-9 loss to Montgomery. The Generals had 18 hits, including four by second baseman Scott Savastano, and three each by DH Joe Dunigan and center fielder Kuo Hui Lo. Vinnie Catricala, playing left yesterday, had two hits, including a double, and is hitting .333 with a .593 slugging percentage in 20 games with Jackson since getting called up from High Desert (where he hit .351).

Speaking of High Desert, outfielder James Jones , a fourth-round pick in 2009, is on fire, hitting .347 with 15 runs, eight extra-base-hits, seven RBIs and seven stolen bases in 19 games in July.

For Everett, in a 7-4 loss to Salem-Keizer, Jarrett Burgess , a sixth-round pick in 2008, hit his fourth homer, tied with James Wood for the team lead.

Guillermo Pimentel has eight homers in 106 at-bats for Pulaski, but check out outfielder Jamal Austin, a 13th-round pick out of Alabama-Birmingham last month. In 26 games, he’s hitting .400 (36-for-90) with 16 walks, good for a .491 on-base percentage. He’s also stolen 14 bases.

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