Minor League Roundup: Everett AquaSox

Short-season A-Everett followed suit with the Timber Rattlers and tossed up a 2-5 week. While the offense didn't have issues putting runs on the board, the pitching had trouble keeping the opposition from putting up the crooked numbers, allowing 49 runs during the seven game week.

Everett's offensive standouts were CF Chris Colton, 1B/3B Jeremy Dutton and infielder Nick Orlandos.

Colton went 13-26 (.500) with two homeruns, six runs scored, six RBI and three stolen bases during the seven-game week. The 20-year-old finished the week with a six-game hit-streak and squeezed in two three-hit games and a four-hit game. Colton is hitting .281 with a team-leading five homeruns on the year.

Dutton went 9-28 (.321) with five RBI and three runs scored. The 22-year-old is now hitting .267 with 18 RBI on the year.

Orlandos, 23, was 10-19 (.526) with five runs scored, two stolen bases, two doubles, and three RBI. The middle infielder began the week with four consecutive multi-hit games.

The pitching staff took their lumps this week, sporting a 6.14 ERA.

The leaders on the staff continued to be left-hander Thomas Oldham and the bullpen.

Oldham, 21, tossed 12 innings on the week, allowing 11 hits, five earned runs five walks and 13 strike outs. The Mariners eighth-round selection in this year's June amateur draft is now 2-1 with a 2.20 ERA on the year.

Teen phenom Felix Hernandez, 17, hit a bump in the road but still has incredibly gaudy numbers for the season. The 6-4 right-hander is 6-1 with a 2.25 ERA in his 32 innings of work. His 43 strikeouts and 17 walks make for an eye-popping statistic that scouts fall in love with.

The Aqua Sox sit at 16-21 going into the final week of July and still stand as the team in the Mariners' farm system most likely to experience roster changes in the final months of the season.


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