Commentary

Kendrick hitting in Salt Lake City

News and notes from Wednesday's games in the minors

Updated: July 2, 2009, 12:47 PM ET
By Kevin Goldstein | Baseball Prospectus

A riddle wrapped in a mystery

Howie Kendrick, 2B, Angels (Triple-A Salt Lake)
Wednesday's stats: 4-for-5, R, RBI
I don't think you can find anyone who projected Kendrick to be at Triple-A at midseason. He entered the year with a .306 career batting average in the big leagues, and after last night's four-hit effort, his career minor league average now stands at .360. The .231/.281/.355 averages (batting/on-base/slugging) he put up in 51 games for the Angels this year just stand out like a sore thumb, and frankly, look more than a bit fluky. If the Angels are now committed to Maicer Izturis at second base, other teams will surely be inquiring about Kendrick, hoping to snare him when his value is at its lowest.

Making sure he gets in this time

Jesus Montero, C, Yankees (Double-A Trenton)
Wednesday's stats: 2-for-3, 2B, HR (4), R, RBI, BB
Montero arguably deserved a mention in yesterday's update with a two-home-run effort, so he upped the ante Wednesday, as after going homerless in his first 17 Double-A contests, he's now smacked four in his past three games and is batting .319/.395/.542. Have we mentioned that he's only 19? He still needs to make some massive improvements in his defense to have a chance to stay at catcher, so it's hard to figure out where he fits into the Yankees' future, other than the middle of the lineup.

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