Entries Tagged as 'streaks'

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.

Lowest BA during hitting streaks

Washington’s thirdbaseman Ryan Zimmerman just got a hit off the Giants tonight to extend his hitting streak to 29 games. 

He’s hitting 45 for 122 (.369) during the streak. 

I just ran across this page on Recondite Baseball which lists The “Worst” Hitting Streaks. 

Juan Pierre tops the list.  In 2000, his rookie year with Colorado, he went 18 for 66 for a .273 during his 15 game hitting streak.  And in 1984, Cubbie catcher Jody Davis went 16 for 57 (.281) also for a 15 game streak. 

Fortunately for Washington, Zim’s hitting more than the bare minimum for his streak.  He’s gotten his batting average up to .352 for the season.