Two Tempe Right-Handers Top Arizona League Stats

Two Tempe Mariner right-handers, both selected by Seattle in this year's free-agent draft, top the Arizona League pitching statistics.

George Glinatsis, 21, a 32nd-round pick out of the University of Cincinnati, leads the rookie league with a 7-2 record and 2.09 earned-run average. Derek Lowe, 18, an eighth-round selection out of Edsel Ford High School in Dearborn, Mich., is second with a 2.12 ERA.

Lowe, 6 feet 6 and 170 pounds, has a 2-3 record. In 51 innings, he has given up 39 hits, fanned 40 batters and walked 17.

Tempe Manager Myron Pines described Lowe as a "starter-type pitcher with long, loose arms and good rotation on his breaking ball.

"I think he will move up very quickly. He's thin, wiry, has a good arm but needs to get a little stronger."

Glinatsis, a 6-foot-4, 195-pounder, has allowed 45 hits, struck out 57 and walked 24 in 56 innings.

"He's a little older, more mature," Pines said. "He's a fastball-slider type. He has a good slider."


-- Tempe catcher Tim Furtado, 19, whose 7-for-14 week (four games) boosted his batting average to a team-leading .378, is a 6-foot-1, 200-pounder from Fall River, Mass. He was signed last August as a non-drafted free agent.

Tempe center fielder Renaldo Bullock, batting .358, leads the league in stolen bases with 33 in 27 games. He was drafted in the 30th round last year out of Triton Junior College in River Grove, Ill., but didn't sign until this spring.

Bullock is a "very gifted athlete," Pines said, with "good instincts, good speed. A line-drive hitter, he runs the bases real well."

James Bonnici, 19, a 58th-round draft pick last year, is batting .348 with a team-leading four triples and 31 runs batted in. Pines said Bonnici, a 6-4, 200-pounder, is "very consistent, hits the ball hard to all fields, has a good eye and good bat control."

Pines said outfielder Craig Griffey, 20, is "getting better every game." Griffey, the Mariners' 42nd round draft pick this year, played football but not baseball at Ohio State.

"He's a good athlete," Pines said. "He runs very well. He likes to play. He's a good competitor. He's very good tracking down fly balls in the outfield. He needs to strengthen his arm. He's working at it."


-- Right-hander Roger Salkeld, Seattle's No. 1 draft pick in 1989, turned in a strong performance in his Pacific Coast League debut with the Calgary Cannons Friday night. Salkeld, just promoted from Class AA Jacksonville, gave up five hits and three runs, walked one, hit two batters and struck out eight in 7 1/3 innings as Calgary beat Edmonton 7-3. -- Without infielder Rich Amaral, who was named Calgary's player of the month for July, the Cannons have a .350 winning average. With him, they have a .558 mark. . . . Calgary infielder Mike Blowers hit safely in 11 of 12 games (16 for 45, .356). . . . Left-hander Dennis Powell (8-8, 4.21 ERA) beat Edmonton's Fernando Valenzuela twice in six days, allowing four earned runs in 16 innings.


-- San Bernardino infielder-outfielder Delvin Thomas (.239, 13 homers, 42 RBI) was 5 for 16, with four homers and eight RBI in six games. . . . Peninsula's Tony Kounas (.261) drove in nine runs in seven games with eight hits, including two doubles and two home runs. . . . Peninsula left-hander John Wiggs (6-5, 3.19 ERA, two saves) was promoted to the Class AA Jacksonville Suns. . . . Jacksonville outfielder Mark Merchant (.286) got on base 11 straight times, going 5 for 5 in one stretch during the streak. . . Right-hander Rick Balabon has posted a 5-0 record and 2.70 ERA in six starts since he was sent from Calgary to Jacksonville. . . . Jim Bowie, Suns' first baseman, leads the Southern League in hitting with a .313 average. -- Bellingham right fielder Tommy Adams slammed one double high off the right-field fence and bounced another off the top of the fence at the 389-foot mark in left center Wednesday when the Baby M's beat the Yakima Bears in the Kingdome. . . . Bellingham first baseman Bubba Smith's ninth homer run of the season sailed far over the Kingdome's left-field fence.