The big news of the week, of course, was the no-hitter by Justin Wilson and two Indianapolis relievers. Wilson's been on and off with his control this year, but two other starters in the system, Jameson Taillon and Rudy Owens, have been pitching consistently well lately. On the hitting front, not so much has been going well.
Starling Marte, OF (AAA): Marte didn't have a very good weekend, going 1-8 with four strikeouts, although he did hit his second HR. Over his last ten games, though, he's hitting 342/432/632, and he's making progress in areas that have been a concern. He started hitting for more power last year, and he drew five walks over those ten games, giving him six on the year. It's not a lot, but his walk rate is now nearly double what it was last year. He's also shown improvement in his base stealing efficiency, another area of concern, stealing nine in ten tries on the season.
Rudy Owens, LHP (AAA): Owens has thrown shutout ball over his last tw...
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