• High Desert second baseman Kyle Seager has hit in 31 straight high Class A California League games. The league record belongs to another Mariners farmhand, Jamie McOwen, who hit in 45 straight games for High Desert last July. During his streak, Seager has batted .429/.473/.647 (57-for-133) with five homers, 10 doubles and two triples. The ’09 third-round pick has not seen his production suffer as a result of playing different positions. During his hit streak, he's migrated from third base to second to shortstop and back to second. Seager's hitting .342 overall, second in the league behind since-promoted Brandon Belt, formerly of San Jose.
• Phillies second baseman Harold Garcia set a Florida State League record by hitting in 37 consecutive games earlier this season. Now, the 23-year-old has acclimated himself to Double-A by hitting in 10 straight Eastern League games. Yesterday, he went 1-for-4 for Reading. Garcia, who was eligible for last December's Rule 5 draft but went unselected, has hit .303/.403/.439 in 66 Double-A at-bats.
"He's really been locked in this season," high Class A Clearwater manager Dusty Wathan said earlier this season. "For a long time he would continue his streak on the first or second at-bat. He has a great swing that is made for hitting line drives to all fields. He is a switch-hitter and is better lefty, but this season he has swung the bat well righthanded, which was a knock on him.
"Going into last year everybody said, 'We don't know about his defense,' and then he was voted as the best defensive player in the Sally League, and now people are taking notice."
• You've heard about Salt Lake center fielder Peter Bourjos' hitting exploits—he's hitting .462 and slugging .755 in July—but he also has a chance to become just the fourth Triple-A Pacific Coast League player in the past six years to collect 50 hits in a month. Bourjos is stuck on 49 as the Bees welcome the Portland Beavers to town. According to the PCL, the other three players are Daric Barton (Sacramento, 51, June ’07), Terry Tiffee (Las Vegas, 51, April ’08) and Jason Ellison (Fresno, 50, August ’06).
• High Class A Rancho Cucamonga's Angel Castillo has the raw tools to profile as a right fielder—huge raw power and cannon arm—but his production had been undermined by a free-swinging approach. While you still would not confuse the 21-year-old Angels prospect with his Venezuelan countryman Bobby Abreu, he has drawn eight walks to go with 20 strikeouts this month, all while clubbing eight home runs, four doubles and a triple in 82 at-bats (.768 slugging). Castillo has batted .255/.315/.427 with 13 homers in 337 at-bats for the Quakes this season.
• The Orioles gave L.J. Hoes a taste of Double-A to take Joel Guzman's place on the roster while Guzman travels to New York City to become a U.S. citizen. Hoes went 2-for-5 in his debut as Double-A Bowie beat Akron 10-5.
• High Class A Potomac lefthander Danny Rosenbaum had his second straight fine start for the P-Nats, tossing eight shutout innings against Wil Myers, Christian Colon and Wilmington in a 10-1 victory. Rosenbaum, a 22-year-old lefty out of Xavier, has average velocity on his fastball a deceptive delivery. He's won both starts since being promoted from low Class A Hagerstown and is 4-5, 2.18 overall with 93 strikeouts and 31 walks in 115.2 innings.
Contributing: Mike Lemaire, John Manuel.
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