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On Pace For 62 Home Runs
Marlins slugger Mike Stanton connected for his 15th home run yesterday as part of a 1-for-3 day (including two walks) for Double-A Jacksonville. He had not played since Thursday (when he also homered) after receiving permission to attend a wedding over the weekend. If the 20-year-old right fielder keeps cranking them out at this pace over 550 plate appearances, he'll finish with 62 homers. (No, it is not likely that Florida will keep Stanton at Jacksonville for the entire season.) In case you're wondering, the Southern League record for home runs is 42, which Orlando's Tim Lauder accomplished in 1981.
As for Stanton, he also leads the minors in slugging (.854), while ranking second in extra-base hits (23), total bases (88) and RBIs (33); third in on-base percentage (.481) and fourth in walks (28).
Back In Action
Yankees catcher Jesus Montero returned to action for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre last night, going 0-for-4 and nabbing 1-of-3 basestealers. He had been pulled from Friday's contest at Durham for not running out a ground ball and subsequently benched over the weekend. Montero has started slowly in the International League, batting .234/.294/.362 with two homers and six doubles in 94 at-bats.
Royals Prospects Channel Ted Williams
Kansas City snagged third baseman Mike Moustakas (second overall) and first baseman Eric Hosmer (third) with successive first-round picks in 2007 and ’08. Those two now rank successively at the top of the minor league leaderboard for batting average—Hosmer at .409 and Moustakas at .408. The latter went 4-for-5 last night to close the gap considerably.
In 18 games since joining Double-A Northwest Arkansas, the 21-year-old Moustakas has hit .408/.476/.789 over 71 at-bats, clubbing six homers and nine doubles to go with his ratio of more walks (nine) than strikeouts (eight). A year younger at 20, Hosmer had hit only one home run to go with 10 doubles, but no one was complaining after seeing his .409/.492/.582 averages over 31 games for high Class A Wilmington.
Montgomery Wins Again
Good news abounds for the Royals organization down on the farm. Lefthander Mike Montgomery cruised to his second Texas League victory yesterday by limiting Tulsa to one run on four hits over six innings. "He has a good arm," Drillers manager Ron Gideon told the Tulsa World. "I can see why he was taken where he was taken. He had a good, smooth delivery and a live fastball. We really didn't do a whole lot with him. Give him credit, he did a good job. He pitched mainly with his fastball and really didn't have to go to anything else."
Montgomery's showing through two starts for Northwest Arkansas: 11 2/3 innings, six hits, two runs, six walks, 11 strikeouts, 1.54 ERA.
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