Mariners' Minor League Report
Designated hitter Johan Limonta has broken out with the bat and, through Thursday, ranked second in the Pacific Coast League with a .398 average. He'd batted .471 in a 10-game period, including 8-for-13 in three games at Oklahoma City. For the season, Limonta had a .449 on-base percentage, .489 slugging percentage and .938 on-base-plus slugging percentage.
Second baseman Dustin Ackley also has produced better numbers after a slow start, going 11-for-28 in a seven-game hitting streak through Thursday that lifted his averages to .246/.376/.462/.401 with five home runs and 18 RBI.
Alex Liddi's seven home runs ranked seventh in the PCL (he was batting .235/.300/.462/.762).
Left-hander Cesar Jimenez was 3-1 with a 3.98 earned run average in 201/3 innings of relief, and right-hander Josh Lueke, who started the season with the Mariners, was 0-1, 0.93 with a 0.72 WHIP (walks and hits per inning), six strikeouts and two walks in 92/3 innings of relief.
First baseman Matt Mangini, who'd dealt with a right quad injury last season and during spring training this year, landed on the disabled list last week because of a left quad injury.
Entering the weekend, the Rainiers were 13-22 and nine games behind first-place Reno in the PCL Pacific North Division.
Class AA Jackson (Tenn.) Generals
Former major leaguer Scott Patterson, a 32-year-old who the Mariners signed last summer, led the Southern League with eight saves. He was 1-1, 1.96 with a 0.71 WHIP and 20 strikeouts in 18 1/3 innings.
Outfielder Jake Shaffer was batting .316/.350/.515/.864 and tied for second in the league with 43 hits. He had five home runs and 18 RBI.
Second baseman Kyle Seager ranked second in the league with 13 doubles and was batting .308/.362/.442/.803.
The Mariners promoted DH Luis Jimenez to Class AAA Tacoma last week after he'd batted 359/.425/.609/1.034 with four homers and 14 RBI in 64 at-bats with the Generals.
Right-hander Jarrett Grube was 2-0, 3.13 in six starts and right-hander Kenn Kasparek 4-2, 3.45 in six starts after lasting only 11/3 inning at Mississippi in his last start.
The Generals were 17-15 and third in the Southern League North, two games behind first-place Tennessee.
Class A High Desert (Calif.) Mavericks
Outfielder Daniel Carroll was batting .328/.437/.519/.956, and his 20 steals ranked second in the California League. Third baseman Vinnie Catricala was batting .360/.399/.528/.927.
Outfielder Denny Almonte ranked sixth in the league with 28 RBI but was eighth with 38 strikeouts (and only three walks) in 133 at-bats. Shortstop Nick Franklin was batting .245/.371/.400/.771.
Right-hander Chris Sorce was 3-1, 2.93 in seven starts.
The Mavericks were 14-20 and third in the California League South, seven games behind first-place Rancho Cucamonga.
Class A Clinton (Iowa) LumberKings
Right-hander Brandon Mauer was 1-3 with a 3.41 ERA, but his 44 strikeouts (in 37 innings) ranked fourth in the Midwest League.
Left-hander James Paxton was 0-1, 3.27 in two starts and right-hander Taijuan Walker, last year's first-round draft pick, was 0-2, 9.95 in two starts.
First baseman Tim Morris was batting .300/.389/.400/.789. Catcher Steven Baron was batting .217/.311/.315/.627, but his 12 RBI were tied with Mickey Wiswall for the team lead.
The LumberKings were 9-26 and last in the Midwest League Western Division, 16 games behind first-place Burlington
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