The outfielder spent his second straight season at double-A Jackson this season hitting eight homers, with 26 RBIs, a .232 average and a .732 OPS in 75 games.
The emergence of Tom Wilhelmsen as the team’s full-time closer this year has been part of the progression of a team now 31-23 in the second half, despite being swept by the Oakland A’s on the weekend.
The M’s beat Boston — but then everyone beats the Red Sox — on Wednesday for their 67th of the year, matching last season’s total with three and a half weeks remaining in the schedule.
A feel-good September callup for the M’s is first baseman Luis Jimenez, 30, after 13 years in the minors. Jimenez pinch hit Tuesday, popping up against A’s Andrew Bailey.
The 6-foot-4, 285-pound Jimenez earned the nickname “Big Sloppy” (as in Big Papi) at Tacoma this year where he hit .310 with 20 homers and 81 RBIs, with a .907 OPS,
Jimenez was signed by the Oakland Athletics at age 16. He’s played at Bluefield, Aberdeen, Columbus (GA), New Britain, Portland, Bowie, Pawtucket, Harrisburg, Columbus (OH), Jackson and Tacoma in the Baltimore Orioles (twice), Los Angeles Dodgers, Minnesota Twins, Red Sox (twice), Washington Nationals and the M’s organizations, plus Nippon Ham in Japan.
Returning from Japan he couldn’t find work and played winter ball for the Lara Cardenales and was championship series MVP in 2010.
The M’s dealt ex-Jays catcher Guillermo Quiroz to the Red Sox, the third trade they have made this season where their player was sent to a team visiting Safeco. Earlier they moved Ichiro Suzuki to the Yankees and Steve Delabar to the Blue Jays.
Felix Hernandez earned American League pitcher of the month honours, including a perfect game against the Tampa Bay Rays. He had three 1-0 shutouts posted during the month to go with a 4-0 record and 1.08 earned-run average. He had 31 strikeouts in 412/3 innings in five starts.
With the returnees from the disabled list the Jays are now only missing Jose Bautista from the every day lineup they ran out opening day in Cleveland.
And they pitched well enough to sweep the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park on the weekend, but the Jays have lost four of six meetings with the M’s including one of the worst melt downs of the season — April 27 when Francisco Cordero blew a 5-3 lead in the ninth and Luis Perez gave up a grand slam to Michael Saunders in the 10th.
The Jays are 34-34 at home, while Seattle is 31-38 on the road.
Jays will win two of three, if they win the first two.
— Felix Hernandez is coming off AL Pitcher of the Month honours, tossing three 1-0 shutouts, including a perfect game against Tampa Bay.
— Victoria’s OF Michael Saunders, signed by Wayne Norton, is hitting .260 (72-for-277) with 17 doubles, a triple, 10 homers, 29 RBIs and a .732 OPS, in 72 games since May 29.
— C John Jasco owns a .288 average (42-for-146) since June 25.
— OF Chone Figgins, in the final year of a four-year $36 million deal, is hitting .192 with three RBIs and a .521 OPS.
— 1B Justin Smoak is not smokin’ hot, hitting .145 (32-for-221) with a .447 OPS since June 4 with four homers and 12 RBIs.
— SS Brendan Ryan has been over the Mario Mendoza line for 10 of the previous 54 games in which he’s hit .194 (62-for-320) with one homer, 26 RBIs and a .539 OPS.