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Young hitting at Triple-A

News and notes from Monday in the minor leagues

Updated: August 18, 2009, 1:38 PM ET
By Kevin Goldstein | Baseball Prospectus

A new way of doing things?

Chris Young, OF, Diamondbacks (Triple-A Reno)
Monday's stats: 1-for-3, HR (1), 3 R, 2 RBIs, 2 BB, K
Between Young and Milwaukee's J.J. Hardy, we might be seeing a new trend. Got a young star suddenly struggling in the big leagues? Send him to the minors. Not only does it give him an opportunity to figure things out, but it also just might get you an extra year of cost control. Conspiracy theories aside, Young seems to be getting the bat going at least, reaching base 10 times in his first four games while blasting his first Triple-A home run in more than three years.

Replacing Victor Martinez?

Lou Marson, C, Indians (Triple-A Columbus)
Monday's stats: 2-for-4, RBI
Coming over from Philadelphia in the Cliff Lee deal, Marson was seemingly just starting to hit at Triple-A before the deal went down, and he hasn't skipped a beat since, as with back-to-back multihit games, he's now batting .340/.404/.383 (batting/on-base/slugging) in his first 13 games with the Clippers. An on-base machine with little power, he's lining himself up well to compete for the big league job this spring.

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