Commentary

Pedro strikes out 11

News and notes from Wednesday in the minor leagues

Updated: August 6, 2009, 11:49 AM ET
By Kevin Goldstein | Baseball Prospectus

Great, now what do you do with him?

Pedro Martinez, RHP, Phillies (Double-A Reading)
Wednesday's stats: 6 IP, 5 H, 4 R (3 ER), 0 BB, 11 K
For anyone wondering if ol' Pedro had anything left in his arm, the answer was a resounding yes, as -- while he was hardly flawless -- he nonetheless whiffed 11 of the 23 batters he faced as his fastball had some surprising giddyup in it, touching 93 mph at times. Meanwhile, in the big leagues, J.A. Happ threw a shutout, so there's not exactly any room at the inn when it comes to the Phillies' rotation right now. One way or another, Pedro will be in the big leagues soon, and one way or another, he'll likely help the Phillies in October.

How can a guy hitting .329 have holes in his swing?

Chris Carter, 1B, Athletics (Double-A Midland)
Wednesday's stats: 3-for-4, 2B, 2 R, 2 RBIs, BB, K
If there's a knock against Chris Carter, it's that he strikes out too much, and to be fair, he's already accumulated 102 punch-outs in 107 games. At the same time, he's gone borderline insane offensively, and with that has come a much-reduced rate of swings on misses. In the midst of a 20-game hitting streak during which he's gone 37-for-79 (.468) with 24 runs, 21 RBIs and more walks (12) than strikeouts (11), the 22-year-old is firmly establishing himself as one of the top sluggers in the minors with an overall batting line of .329/.425/.556 (average/on-base/slugging).

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