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Jennings goes 7-for-7

News and notes from Thursday in the minor leagues

Updated: September 4, 2009, 11:47 AM ET
By Kevin Goldstein | Baseball Prospectus

Now you're just showing off

Desmond Jennings, OF, Rays (Triple-A Durham)
Thursday's stats: 7-for-7, 2B, 4 R, 3 RBI, SB
How does one raise his batting average 49 points in one night? Quite simple, really, just go 7-for-7. That's what Jennings did Thursday in a nine-inning game, a feat only two big leaguers (Wilbert Robinson and Rennie Stennett) have accomplished. What can one say at this point with only one weekend left in the season? The guy is awesome, and you all know that by now.

Flying under the radar

Allen Craig, OF, Cardinals (Triple-A Memphis)
Thursday's stats: 3-for-4, R, 2 RBI
An eighth-round pick in 2006, Craig has never gotten much hype and has always been a bit old for his level (he turned 25 in July). At the same time, all he's done is hit at every level. He has been the hottest hitter in all of the minors during the second half of the season, batting a lofty .409 AVG/.453 OBP/.772 SLG since the All-Star break, and while the bat is the only tool, it's a good one. Where he fits with the Cardinals is anybody's guess at this point, but he should get a very real look next spring.

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