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Gaston thriving at home

News and notes from Tuesday in the minor leagues

Updated: July 22, 2009, 11:19 AM ET
By Kevin Goldstein | Baseball Prospectus

The hits just keep coming

Jon Gaston, OF, Astros (High-A Lancaster)
Tuesday's stats: 2-for-3, 2 HR (27), 2 R, 2 RBI, BB, K
A day after getting credit for crazy numbers, even in a crazy-great ballpark for hitting, Gaston upped the crazy a bit by smacking two more bombs. His .310/.397/.676 (batting average/on-base percentage/slugging percentage) line is a thing to behold, but keep in mind that he's slugging .800 at home, and with 100 strikeouts in 96 games, he'll have trouble hitting for a high average once he moves to more normalized environs.

Another Oriole arm to know

Zach Britton, LHP, Orioles (High-A Frederick)
Tuesday's stats: 7 IP, 3 H, 1 R (0 ER), 0 BB, 7 K
A third-round pick in the 2006 MLB draft out of a Texas high school, Britton lowered his Carolina League ERA to 2.66 with Tuesday's start, good for second in the circuit, and the scouts are speaking of him just as highly as his numbers do. With a low-90s sinker that generates as many ground balls as it does swings and misses, along with a solid slider and changeup, many evaluators think he's just one step below the much-hyped trio of Chris Tillman, Brian Matusz and Jake Arrieta.

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