Six Cardinals Legally Streaking

A half-dozen St. Louis Cardinals minor leaguers came into Saturday night's action with double-digit hitting streaks. Tyler Greene's run may be put on hold, however.

In a minor league system that has been recently known for its pitching, the St. Louis Cardinals currently have an unusually large number of hitters in the midst of streaks. Specifically, at least six Cardinals farmhands were working to extend double-digit hitting streaks on Saturday. Four were successful.

Pacific Coast League (Triple-A): Tyler Greene @ 12 games

With a double on Friday and single on Saturday, Memphis shortstop Greene stretched his hitting streak to 12 games. With Saturday night news that Nick Punto is headed toward the disabled list may mean that Greene's quest for game number 13 will be put on hold.

Though Greene has not performed well with St. Louis this season, batting .198 in the majors, his PCL line is a stellar .306/.410/.506 in 22 games.

Texas League (Double-A): Ryan Jackson @ 17 games, Jose Garcia @ 13 games

Shortstop Jackson homered for Springfield on Friday and doubled on Saturday to extend his hit streak to 17 games, the longest active streak in the Texas League. His keystone partner, second baseman Garcia, is working on extending a 13-game hit streak of his own.

Jackson has had a wild ride in 2011. He was the organization's Player of the Month in April, batting .337 before falling apart in May, when he hit just .170. The 23-year-old rebounded to .323 in June before settling to a more-normal .281 so far this month. During the streak, Jackson has just one multi-hit game in his last ten starts.

Garcia, 23, is on fire. He has five hits in his last two games and is batting .411 in July with a .997 OPS. Garcia is batting .321 overall for Springfield after posting a .333 average in an 18-game trial with Memphis last month.

Midwest League (A): Kolten Wong @ 11 games (ended), Oscar Taveras @ 11 games

Wong, the Cardinals' 2011 first-round draft pick, extended his hitting streak to 11 games on Friday night. However, despite getting seven plate appearances in Quad Cities' 12-inning win Saturday night, all Wong had to show for his evening was a walk and an RBI. Despite the 0-for-6 streak-ending night, Wong is still batting .324 in his first 18 professional games.

The second baseman's River Bandits teammate and top organizational outfield prospect, Taveras, now has his own 11-game streak. After a 4-for-7 outing Saturday night, the 19-year-old is batting a cool .395 in his first 38 Midwest League games.

Appalachian League (SS-rookie): Steven Ramos: 12 games (ended)

Ramos has put together a big start for Johnson City and one indication is the outfielder's 12-game hit streak that ended with an 0-for-5 Saturday night. The Cardinals' leadoff man has a .360/.365/.460 line in his first 24 Appy League games. About the only complaint is his lone walk in 100 at-bats.

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