Commentary

Carter's hit streak reaches 25

Updated: August 11, 2009, 1:13 PM ET
By Kevin Goldstein | Baseball Prospectus

What am I supposed to do? Not mention him again?

Chris Carter, 1B/OF, Athletics (Double-A Midland)
Monday's stats: 2-for-4, HR (21), R, 3 RBI, K, CS
Carter's 25-game hitting streak isn't any normal streak. He's 46 for 97 (.474 average) during the run, adding 16 walks and compiling 81 total bases in the process. I'm out of superlatives for what he's doing.

As a pitcher, he only gets to make it every five days

Christian Friedrich, LHP, Rockies (High-A Modesto)
Monday's stats: 6.2 IP, 4 H, 1 R (0 ER), 3 BB, 8 K
The one big surprise here is that Friedrich failed to reach double digits in strikeouts for the first time in four starts. It's hard to find a more dominating pitcher of late, as in his past five outings he's given up a grand total of one earned run over 29 innings while allowing 15 hits and striking out 46. His curveball is being described by some as Zito-esque, and he could be testing it out in Coors Field as soon as the second half of the 2010 season.

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