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August 11, 2009

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What am I supposed to do? Not mention him again?

Chris Carter, 1B/OF, Athletics (Double-A Midland)
Monday's stats: 2-for-4, HR (21), R, 3 RBI, K, CS
Carter's 25-game hitting streak isn't any normal, every day 25-game hitting streak. He's 46-for-97 (.474) during the run, adding 16 walks and compiling 81 total bases in the process. I have no contractually mandated word count for these pieces, so I'm just ending this one here. I'm out of superlatives for what he's doing.

As a pitcher, he only gets to make the list every five days.

Christian Friedrich, LHP, Rockies (High-A Modesto)
Monday's stats: 6.2 IP, 4 H, 1 R (0 ER), 3 BB, 8 K
The one big surprise here is that Friedrich didn't reach double-digits in strikeouts for the first time in four starts. It's hard to find a more dominating pitcher of late. In his last five outings, he has given up a grand total of one earned run over 29 innings while allowing 15 hits and striking out 46. His curveball is being described by some as Zito-esque, and he could best testing it out in Coors Field as soon as the second half of the 2010 season.

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August 10, 2009

9

Skyrocketing stock

Domonic Brown, OF, Phillies (Double-A Reading)
Sunday's stats: 3-for-5, 2 HR (3), 2 R, 2 RBI, K
The Phillies got their man at the trade deadline with Cliff Lee, but the big story on a prospect level was that they did it without dealing away any of their top prospects, including Brown. Moved up to Double-A after the deadline, Brown is having no trouble proving that he has the skills to succeed at the upper levels, as he's batting .333/.415/.733 in his first eight games with the R-Phils.

Such a perfect day

Ryan Kalish, OF, Red Sox (Double-A Portland)
Sunday's stats: 4-for-4, HR (8), 4 R, RBI, BB
I'm the first to admit the Kalish has been one of my guys since his big showing in the New York-Penn League in 2007. He's quickly getting his top prospect status back over the past month or so, as he's finally hitting for power again after dealing with an ugly wrist injury. Josh Reddick's advancement has Kalish back in center field, where the scouting reports are solid. Now batting .353/.422/.627 in his last 26 games, he has firmly placed himself among the top position prospects in the system.

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August 7, 2009

9

Finding his way?

Brandon Erbe, RHP, Orioles (Double-A Bowie)
Thursday's stats: 8 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 5 K
Erbe has had an up and down career, and can even be up and down from start-to-start and inning-to-inning. When he's good, he's very good, and that was certainly the case on Thursday night. He lowered his Eastern League ERA to 2.08 while getting his fastball up to 94 mph. While a bout with shoulder soreness has limited him to just 61 1/3 innings this year, Double-A batters are batting just .173 against him, and he's really just a notch below the much more publicized Baltimore pitching prospects.

And the hits just keep on coming

Chris Carter, 1B, Athletics (Double-A Midland)
Thursday's stats: 3-for-4, 2B, RBI, BB, CS
After detailing how hot Carter was yesterday, he decided to get a little hotter. In his last ten games, he's now 23-for-37 (.622) with a 1.000 slugging percentage. Now at .333/.428/.560 for the year, the A's better hope that newly acquired Brett Wallace can stay at third base, or they're going to have some tough decisions down the road.

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