K.D. Kang didn't get a hit in the Class A New York-Penn League All-Star Game, but the former Parkview standout has been piling up hit after hit since the recent event.
The Tampa Bay outfield prospect was 12-for-22 over a five-game stretch, raising his average to .305 going into the final week of the season.
Kang, 20, had 15 doubles, seven triples, six homers and 42 RBIs in 62 games with Hudson Valley. His slugging average was .513 and he ranked fifth in the 14-team league in RBIs.
The native of South Korea was batting .390 in August, getting 13 extra-base hits and driving in 21 runs in 20 games.
This is the second pro season for Kang, who spent a year in junior college after being taken in the 15th round of the 2006 draft. The left-handed hitter batted .276 last year in the rookie Appalachian League.
Blackmon hitting .338
Charlie Blackmon, a second-round draft choice by Colorado out of Georgia Tech, was third in the Class A Northwest League with a .338 average and had set a Tri-City record with 95 hits.
The North Gwinnett graduate had a 20-game hitting streak through Sunday and batted .355 in August. He was a starting outfielder on the Northwest League all-star team.
Blackmon, 22, had 20 doubles, five triples, two homers and 32 RBIs in 65 games. He also had stolen 13 bases.
Bulger wins AAA honor
Brookwood graduate Jason Bulger, who has had three brief stints with the Los Angeles Angels this year, was named relief pitcher of the year in the Class AAA Pacific Coast League.
The right-hander was 4-0 with 15 saves and a 0.66 ERA in 35 games for Salt Lake, striking out 72 in 41 innings. Opponents are batting just .176 against the former first-round draft choice.
Bulger, 29, pitched five times in relief for the Angels during April and worked a scoreless inning last Monday before being sent down to Salt Lake again.
Wood adjusting to Class AA
Blake Wood, who struggled after being promoted to Class AA Northwest Arkansas, allowed two hits over six scoreless innings against Tulsa. That gave the right-hander a 5-7 record and 5.49 ERA in 17 Texas League starts.
The former North Gwinnett and Georgia Tech standout began the season by going 3-2 with a 2.67 ERA in 10 starts for Wilmington in the Carolina League.
Wood, who turned 23 recently, is 8-9 with a 4.34 ERA overall, striking out 139 and walking 47 in 141 innings. Opponents were batting .244.
Carter double-figure winner
Right-hander Anthony Carter's first Class A season has been a good one. The Parkview graduate is a combined 11-7 with a 3.93 ERA for Kannapolis in the South Atlantic League and Winston-Salem in the Carolina League.
Carter, 22, was drafted by the Chicago White Sox in the 26th round of the 2005 draft and was 7-11 in two seasons of rookie ball. But he got off to a good start this season, going 5-2 with a 2.11 ERA for Kannapolis.
Tough season for Green
Nick Green had a 4-for-4 game recently, but that certainly wasn't enough to save the former major leaguer's season. He hit just .233 for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in the Class AAA International League.
The Duluth graduate had 12 homers and 49 RBIs in 111 games. With just 26 walks, his on-base percentage was .285.
Green, 29, hit .319 in Class AAA last season and had 21 homers before spending September with Seattle.
Tice has a hot streak
Jeremie Tice lifted his average to .287 with Mahoning Valley of the New York-Penn League by hitting .359 over a 10-game stretch in which he also had eight RBIs.
Tice, 21, had 10 doubles, four triples, four homers and 31 RBIs in 54 games. The Dacula graduate was drafted by Cleveland in June after being named player of the year in the Southern Conference while starring for the College of Charleston.