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Saturday, August 06, 2016

Indians prospect Francisco Mejia’s hit streak |

Indians catching prospect Francisco Mejia got the drama out of the way early on Friday, stretching his historic hitting streak to 47 consecutive games with a double in his first at-bat in Class A Advanced Lynchburg’s 13-6 loss to Salem. The streak is the longest in Minor League Baseball in 62 years.
Mejia’s streak is now the seventh-longest in Minor League history, passing Johnny Bates, who hit in 46 straight for Nashville in 1925. It’s the longest streak in the Minors since Roman Mejias hit in 55 straight for Waco in 1954.
The MiLB hit streak record is 69, set by Joe Wilhoit in 1919. Joe DiMaggio, whose big league record hit streak of 56 games is being celebrated for its 75th anniversary this season, had a 61-game Minor League hit streak in 1933, second-longest of all-time.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 06, 2016 at 06:39 AM | 2 comment(s)
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Saturday, July 02, 2016

Piecoro: Diamondbacks prospect Yoan Lopez leaves team again

Bad news all around. Here’s hoping he finds a measure of happiness away from the game.

Diamondbacks pitching prospect Yoan Lopez left his minor league team on Wednesday night with the intention of leaving the sport entirely, but General Manager Dave Stewart said the club has convinced him to hold off on a decision.

Stewart said the team believes Lopez is dealing with “serious emotional issues,” noting all he has been through in the past two years beginning with his departure from Cuba. ...

The Diamondbacks had high hopes for Lopez when they signed him in January 2015 for $8 million, a bonus that triggered another $8 million in penalties for exceeding their international spending limit. Club officials believed he could develop into a top-of-the-rotation starting pitcher.



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