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Minor league notebook: Mariners prospects return with bang

It was a good week in the Seattle Mariners’ farm system as several lower-level hitting prospects were activated from the disabled list after missing large chunks of the season.

Outfielder Austin Wilson of Single-A Clintonwas having an excellent campaign in his first full professional season before a strained Achilles landed him on the disabled list on June 25.

The Mariners’ secon-round draft pick in 2013, Wilson was hitting .298 with 11 home runs and 52 RBIs with a .909 on-base plus slugging percentage after 65 games in the Midwest League. He appeared ready for a midseason promotion before the injury hit.

Wilson appeared in three rehabilitation games in the Arizona Rookie League last week, and he should be assigned to a full-season team shortly.

Another highly-regarded Clinton hitter who returned from the disabled list was 19-year-old outfielder Tyler O’Neill.

The Mariners’ third-round pick in 2013 broke a bone in his hand punching a concrete dugout wall after striking out May 10, requiring surgery.

O’Neill was hitting .261 with six homers and 18 RBI in 31 games against older competition at the time of the injury.

“What did I learn?” O’Neill told his hometown newspaper, The Province of Vancouver, British Columbia. “I need to control my emotions, I need to be smarter with my actions.”

O’Neill joined the Everett AquaSox on Friday.

Power-hitting outfielder Guillermo Pimentel has also returned to the field. The 21-year-old outfielder had not played this season until last week because of a stress fracture in his tibia.

Pimentel joined Advanced-A High Desert on Wednesday, and hit a grand slam on Friday. Last year, the left-handed hitter had a .456 slugging percentage with 10 homers in 256 at-bats between two minor league stops in another injury-riddled campaign.

UW Product Lamb Reaches Triple-A

Former University of Washington star Jake Lamb was promoted to Triple-A Reno on Friday, continuing his rise through the Arizona Diamondbacks organization.

The Seattle native and Bishop Blanchet High School alum was drafted after his junior year at Washington, where he was a career .326 hitter. The Diamondbacks selected him in the sixth round in 2012, and he has been a fast climber in their system.

Lamb opened this season at Double-A Mobile and batted .318 with 14 homers and 79 RBI in 103 games before his promotion. Lamb drew 50 walks, posted a .399 on-base percentage, and ripped 35 doubles.

At Mobile, Lamb was used strictly as a third baseman. The Diamondbacks’ third base job opened up at the trade deadline when incumbent Martin Prado was moved to the Yankees. Arizona called up Reno third baseman Andy Marte, and bumped Lamb up to Triple-A.

Lamb connected for a pinch-hit RBI single in his Triple-A debut on Friday night.

Mike Curto is the radio broadcaster for the Tacoma Rainiers.

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