Seattle Mariners fans looking at the minor league statistics are probably wondering just who, exactly, is Dario Pizzano?
Eh, he’s just another Ivy Leaguer hitting .390 in Double-A.
Pizzano, 24, extended his hitting streak to 24 games for the Jackson Generals on Friday night. He went 1 for 4, which lowered his league-leading batting average.
Playing left field and designated hitter for Jackson, Pizzano has 41 hits in 105 at-bats. Most of his hits have been singles, though he does have five doubles, three triples, and a homer.
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A 5-foot-11 left-handed hitter, Pizzano was promoted to Jackson on May 16, 2014 and hit just .228 in his first try at Double-A. He showed good plate discipline, drawing 45 walks in 81 games and posting a .345 on-base percentage.
This season, Pizzano has been swinging more frequently and making steady contact. Playing almost exclusively against right-handed pitchers, Pizzano has struck out only eight times.
The Mariners selected Pizzano in the 15th round of the 2012 draft, after he was named the Ivy League Player of the Year during his junior season at Columbia University.
Two of the top shortstop prospects in the game were recently promoted to PCL teams.
Oklahoma City’s Corey Seager has two weeks under his belt, and he has hit .273 in 55 at-bats for the Dodgers’ top farm club. Kyle Seager’s younger brother is still looking for his first Triple-A home run.
The Astros bumped Carlos Correa to Triple-A Fresno earlier this week, where he went 5 for 18 in his first four games. Correa, 20, was hitting .385 with seven homers and 32 RBIs for Double-A Corpus Christi.
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Fresno first baseman Jon Singleton had a remarkable week, hitting three grand slams in a five-game span and driving in 23 runs.
The 23-year-old Houston Astros prospect started his barrage Monday against Tacoma, lining an opposite-field grand slam in a 9-7 loss to the Rainiers.
On Tuesday he hit a three-run homer at Albuquerque.
Then came one of the biggest single-game performances in recent PCL history: he went 4 for 6 with two homers (one grand slam) and 10 RBIs in a 17-6 win Wednesday. The 10 RBIs fell one short of the modern PCL single-game record of 11, set in 2010 by Omaha’s Mike Moustakas.
It looked like he was done when he took an 0 for 4 on Thursday, but on Friday he ripped another grand slam in a five-RBI performance.
In five games from Monday through Friday, Singleton went 8 for 21 with five home runs and 23 RBIs.