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One Long Hit Streak

If you thought Ryan Zimmerman's 30-game hitting streak earlier this season was impressive (and it was), then brace yourself. There's a minor leaguer who is currently on a streak of 45 games, and he's only in Class A.

James McOwen, a 23-year-old outfield prospect in the Mariners system, had a hit in his last 45 games for the High Desert Mavericks entering last night's game against the San Jose Giants.

McOwen's streak is the longest put up in the minor leagues in 55 years, a notable achievement considering the amount of times any player will have to save a streak with a last at-bat hit in any long stretch. He had one of those hits -- a broken-bat single -- on Tuesday night to reach game No. 44, needing less drama during his 2-for-4 performance on Wednesday night.

As impressive as any 45-game streak may be, a cursory glance at the impressive chart of longest minor league streaks put together for this article on speaks to how the stretch may not be a harbinger of future major league success for McOwen. Of the top 15 minor league hitting streaks of all-time, only one player emerged as an all-time great.

Of course, that guy happened to pan out pretty well. His name? Joe DiMaggio. Seriously. Isn't that ridiculous? Not only did DiMaggio hit in 56 straight major league games, he once hit in 61 minor league games in a row. Now that is a statement.

By Cameron Smith  |  July 10, 2009; 12:15 PM ET
Categories:  Mariners  | Tags: James McOwen, Mariners, hitting streak, minor league baseball  
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