MINOR LEAGUE NOTES: Burnette's bat heats up

Chase Burnette had a breakout junior season at Georgia Tech, and the Buford graduate has continued his strong hitting after leaving school a year early to sign with the Indians.

The outfielder is batting .288 with 25 extra-base hits in 57 games for Mahoning Valley in the short-season Class A New York-Penn League. He has 14 doubles, three triples, eight homers and 28 RBIs.

Burnette, 22, has been at his best in August. The 18th-round draft choice is hitting .324 with four homers during the month for Mahoning Valley, based in Niles, Ohio.

Former Georgia Tech teammate Tony Plagman started in the full-season Class A Midwest League after being drafted by the Tigers and got off to a solid start with West Michigan.

The Wesleyan graduate is hitting .269 with 22 extra-base hits in 51 games. He has 15 doubles, two triples, five homers and 26 RBIs.

Plagman, who recently turned 23, was drafted in the ninth round by the Tigers after playing four seasons at Georgia Tech and hitting 55 career home runs, including 21 as a senior.

Carter takes saves lead

Anthony Carter picked up saves in seven straight appearances, taking over the Class AA Southern League lead with 21 for Birmingham. The Parkview graduate had 13 strikeouts to one walk and a 1.86 ERA in his past 10 games.

Carter, 24, began the season in the Birmingham starting rotation but has flourished since moving to the bullpen. He has a 2.61 ERA in 40 relief appearances with 49 strikeouts to 16 walks in 481⁄3 innings. Opponents are batting .195.

The White Sox prospect won 11 games each of the past two seasons as a starter in Class A.

Hawkins shines against Braves

Blue Jays prospect Chris Hawkins, playing in the rookie Gulf Coast League, had back-to-back games with three hits against the Braves and was 11-for-28 over an eight-game stretch.

The former North Gwinnett standout was drafted in the third round by Toronto and bypassed a scholarship to Tennessee to sign. The third baseman hit .520 as a senior and finished his high school career by hitting in 32 consecutive games.

Hawkins, 18, was hitting .245 after 41 games with the Blue Jays’ rookie team in Dunedin, Fla. He had eight doubles, three triples and 14 RBIs.

Tice is back on track

Jeremie Tice has had a bounce-back year after having his 2009 season interrupted by a long stint on the disabled list, earning a midseason promotion from Lake County to Class A Advanced Kinston in the Indians organization.

The former Dacula and College of Charleston standout is hitting a combined .279 with 30 doubles, two triples, 11 homers and 68 RBIs in 101 games.

Tice, 23, was limited to 65 games last season with Lake County. He was taken by the Indians in the sixth round of 2008 draft.

Sarisky, Wilkerson off DL

Daniel Sarisky has picked up two victories in nine relief appearances since coming off the disabled list with the Astros’ Lexington affiliate of the Class A South Atlantic League. The former Oglethorpe University standout from Duluth is 3-0 with a 3.98 ERA overall in 18 games.

Red Sox prospect Shannon Wilkerson also spent time on the disabled list in the same league after undergoing hamate surgery. The Greenville outfielder is hitting .246 in 58 games and hadn’t homered going into the weekend. The Dacula graduate starred at Augusta State.