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Alvarez heating up

News and notes from Thursday in the minor leagues

Updated: July 24, 2009, 2:42 PM ET
By Kevin Goldstein | Baseball Prospectus

Putting it all together

Pedro Alvarez, 3B, Pirates (Double-A Altoona)
Thursday's stats: 2-for-4, 2 RBI, 2 K
Alvarez didn't hit for power on Wednesday night, but the point is he's really starting to swing the bat. He's currently in the hottest streak of his pro career, as he's now hitting .354/.386/.569 (average/on-base/slugging) in 17 July games, and even the defense has improved as he's made just one miscue in his past 20 contests. He'll be fine.

Speaking of heating up ...

Michael Stanton, OF, Marlins (Double-A Jacksonville)
Thursday's stats: 2-for-4, HR (8), 2 R, 2 RBI, K
After dominating the Florida State League during the first half of the year, it's understandable that Stanton struggled a bit after moving up to the Southern League, as putting a 19-year-old in Double-A is a tall order. Sure enough, he's made adjustments, and he's now hitting .302/.384/.619 in July. He's one of the best, if not the best, offensive prospects in baseball, and he's the definition of untouchable if the Marlins look to make a trade before the deadline.

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