AAA Tacoma Rainiers (57-56, Pacific Coast League)
James Paxton, who is scheduled to start for the Mariners tomorrow against Baltimore, made his final rehab start with the Rainiers last Sunday (July 27th) against Sacramento. While he did display some signs of rust, Paxton also showed a good deal of improvement in his 4.1 innings of work. He allowed 6 hits and walked 3 batters, but he only allowed one earned run and struck out 5.
Jesus Montero went 1-for-5 last night, capping off a sensational month of July. In 27 July games, Montero went 39-for-104 (.375) with 9 doubles, 8 home runs and 33 runs batted in. Despite his undeniable success, it's still hard to see where he could fit with the Mariners this season.
Center fielder Xavier Avery is on a bit of a hot streak over his last 7 games, batting .391 with 4 runs scored, 1 double, 1 home run and 2 stolen bases.
Right-handed pitcher Forrest Snow has continued his dominance, allowing just 5 earned runs while striking out 34 batters in 34.1 innings pitched with Tacoma this season. Snow has held opponents to a .198 batting average, while surrendering 14 walks.