Minors homer leader Kivlehan stays hot in Lancaster
Patrick Kivlehan may never want to leave Lancaster, Calif. For the second consecutive night, he hit two home runs and Class A Advanced High Desert defeated Lancaster, 9-0.
Kivlehan, the Mariners' No. 19 prospect, went 2-for-5 and drove in three runs. He now leads the Minor Leagues with seven home runs.
Third baseman D.J. Peterson, the Mariners' No. 2 prospect and No. 86 overall, went 2-for-5 with a run.
Lancaster's park, the Hanger, is known as one of the most hitter-friendly stadiums in baseball. It is located well above sea level, and a stiff wind is often blowing out. Since reaching High Desert last summer, Kivlehan has played eight games at Lancaster. He is 16-for-33 with six home runs at The Hanger.
But Kivlehan's home park, Stater Bros. Stadium, is a hitter-friendly park as well. Several studies have shown it is one of the best environments for hitters in the Minor Leagues, even better than Lancaster. So maybe going home won't be so hard after all.