Mariner prospect McOwen has a 45 game hit streak in California League

ph_519014 Seattle prospect Jamie McOwen has a hit streak going that’s starting to get national attention.  McOwen, a rightfielder for the High Desert Mavericks in the Class A Advanced California League, has now hit in 45 straight games.  For the season, McOwen is hitting a nifty .355, one point behind the Cal League batting leader. 

The 45 games is not a record in the minors.  Not by a longshot.  Similar to the majors, the hit streak record seems to be the hardest to conquer.  He has 24 games to go.  You have to go back to 1919 when Joe Wilhoit from Wichita had a 69 game hit streak.  That remains the record today.

By the way, if the name High Desert Mavericks sounds familiar to you, then you probably heard the news story about the incredible 51-run game between the Mavericks and the Lake Elsinore Storm a couple weeks ago.  The Mavericks came out on the losing side on that 33-18 wild one.  McOwen’s 2 for 6 performance in that game contributed to his streak.

Update:  The streak is over at 45.  Bus Leagues Baseball live-blogged what would have been the 46th game and McOwen came up short.

2 Responses to “Mariner prospect McOwen has a 45 game hit streak in California League”

  1. Hi there,

    I’m the Bus Leagues writer who followed McOwen for several days prior to the end of his streak and eventually made the ill-fated decision to sort of live-blog the potential 46th game. After he struck out in the ninth, I mentioned it to one of our other writers, who immediately said, “You jinxed him.”

    I like the looks of your site. I’m putting it in my feed reader as we speak.

  2. hehe no it wasn’t you (or me) who jinxed him.. if anyone it was the national press :)

    seriously though, if he hadn’t gotten the recognition that he did after #45, he wouldn’t have received such good press.

    ps love the Bus Leagues.

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