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Murton hot in Colorado Springs

News and notes from the weekend in the minor leagues

Updated: June 22, 2009, 11:18 AM ET
By Kevin Goldstein | Baseball Prospectus

Not really a prospect, but sure is hot

Matt Murton, OF, Rockies (Triple-A Colorado Springs)
Sunday's stats: 2-for-4, 2B, HR (9), 2 R, 3 RBI, K
Murton has certainly been around the block. A supplemental first-round pick by the Red Sox in 2003, he was traded to the Cubs as part of the complicated Nomar Garciaparra deal in 2004, then held down a big league job for a while before he stopped hitting. He was more of a throw-in than anything else in last year's Rich Harden trade, and then the A's flipped him to Colorado in February for utility prospect Corey Wimberly. Now 27, it's hard to project stardom or even a starting role for Murton, but he is the hottest hitter in the minors, going 7-for-12 over the weekend with a double, four home runs and 11 RBIs to raise his Triple-A line to .414/.470/.707 (average/on-base/slugging)

Far more than his batting average

Kila Ka'aihue, 1B, Royals (Triple-A Omaha)
Sunday's stats: 2-for-4, 2 HR (10), 2 R, 2 RBI, BB, K
Ka'aihue had a bad April, a great May, and was so far having a pretty tough June. Those judgments are based on the batting average alone, as even when he's not "hitting" much, he's still making up for it with power and patience. Sure, the .267 batting average doesn't excite you, but how does 56 walks against 221 at-bats and 29 of 59 hits going for extra bases sound?

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