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Anderson finally ends home run drought

News and notes from Thursday in the minor leagues

Updated: August 28, 2009, 12:07 PM ET
By Kevin Goldstein | Baseball Prospectus

A glimmer of hope?

Lars Anderson, 1B, Red Sox (Double-A Portland)
Thursday's stats: 3-for-5, 2B, HR (9), R, RBI
Anderson entered the year seen almost universally as the Red Sox top prospect, but after a brutal season at Double-A, he's unlikely to keep the crown. Thursday's home run was his first in a staggering 43 games, and the seven total bases raised his season averages to only .245/.339/.369. Nagging injuries have certainly played a role, but it's not enough to wash this all away.

Why make us wait?

Grant Desme, OF, Athletics (High-A Stockton)
Thursday's stats: 2-for-3, 2 HR (20), 3 R, 2 RBI, BB
On Thursday, the Minor League Update alerted you of the impending 30/30 season from Desme, and instead of making us check the daily box scores waiting for the big blast, Desme just took care of it immediately, blasting a pair of bombs to give him 31 home runs to go with 40 stolen bases on the season, when you combine his stats from Stockton and Kane County. With 18 home runs and a .325 batting average in his past 52 games, he's only getting better as the season rolls on.

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