This week in the Minors: Things happened.

Whit Merrifield, destroyer of many Triple-A pitches. - Minda Haas

Whit Merrifield's still hitting like his hair is on fire. Foster Griffin is off to a good start in his new pro career.

IDAHO FALLS:
Ryan O'Hearn had 7 hits, mostly singles, in the past week. I wanted to lead with him because I did not give him proper recognition for a 5-hit game he had last week. Five hits! Mike Hill had another good week, with 8 hits - although all were singles. Intriguing: Hill has only struck out twice in 12 games.

On Friday, Brian Brickhouse bounced back from a rough outing, throwing four shutout innings. He and 3 other Chukars combined for a 2-hit shutout that day.

BURLINGTON:
Burlington capped an up-and-down week with an 11-0 win over Greeneville on Sunday. Louisianan catcher Chase Vallot had a decent week, adding 3 doubles and a single to his hot start.

First-rounder Foster Griffin is off to a good start, with three scoreless innings over two appearances this week.

LEXINGTON:
Frank Schwindel is on fire, hitting in his 9th straight game on Sunday. Four of those were multi-hit games. Third baseman Mauricio Ramos continues to intrigue me, adding another 7 hits this week, including 3 on Thursday.

WILMINGTON:
The Blue Rocks got no-hit two nights in a row, which is quite a Thing.

Bubba Starling had another 'blah' week, with 5 singles, two walks, and 7 Ks leaving his line at .203/.288/.329. Raul Mondesi had an awful week, with just 1 hit (a triple, though), no walks, and 8 strikeouts.

Christian Binford had two good starts, going a total of 12.1 innings with no walks, 13 Ks and 5 earned runs. Reliever Zeb Sneed (yes, really) has had a really nice season, with tons of multi-inning appearances, and just 5 walks against 33 Ks so far.


NORTHWEST ARKANSAS:
Chelsor Cuthbert had a really neat streak of six straight two-hit games, and a hit Sunday as well.  During that streak were three doubles and a homer. Hunter Dozier conducted the Singles Train most of the week, hitting 7 singles and one double. He picked up his first double-A walk on Sunday.

OMAHA:
Christian Colon had a good week at the plate, picking up 8 hits in 5 games. CC has walked more than he's struck out, and has built up an OBP of .360. Do we want to start looking at him more closely now, especially as the trade deadline nears? Whit Merrifield is still en fuego, with 4-hit games on both Saturday and Sunday. His line after 19 games at Triple-A is .419/.436/.581.

Tim Collins made two appearances after being demoted, going a combined 3 shutout innings, allowing 1 hit, 4 Ks, and no walks. After all our horn-tooting about Spencer Patton earlier this season, he had two disastrous outings this week. I take back some of the horn toots.

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