Garrett Wittels extends hitting streak to 55 games

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When last we checked in on Garrett Wittels the Florida International shortstop was riding a 50-game hitting streak, leaving him eight short of Robin Ventura’s all-time record streak of 58 games for Oklahoma State in 1987.
Since then Wittels has hit safely in five more games, including swinging away on a 3-0 pitch in a blowout this afternoon and lining a double into right-center field. According to the Associated Press it was the first time during the streak that the Sun Belt conference player of the year has gotten a hit on a 3-0 count.
Because of FIU’s loss in the opening round of the NCAA tournament they’ll need to win their next matchup to even give Wittels a chance to extend his hitting streak past 56 games (which would, incidentally, tie Joe DiMaggio’s big-league mark). If they can’t, the streak would extend into next season.

Report: Angels to acquire Ian Kinsler from the Tigers

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Update (9:38 PM ET): The Tigers will receive minor leaguers Wilkel Hernandez and Troy Montgomery from the Angels, Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports.

Hernandez, 18, was signed by the Angels as an international free agent out of Venezuela in July 2015. This past year, in rookie ball, Hernandez posted a 2.64 ERA with a 44/22 K/BB ratio in 44 1/3 innings. MLB Pipeline rated him the Angels’ 24th-best prospect.

Montgomery, 23, was selected by the Angels in the eighth round of the 2016 draft. Between Single-A Burlington, High-A Inland Empire, and Double-A Mobile, Montgomery batted an aggregate .271/.358/.413 with eight home runs, 38 RBI, 62 runs scored, and 15 stolen bases in 434 plate appearances. MLB Pipeline rated him as the Angels’ 20th-best prospect.

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Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Angels will acquire second baseman Ian Kinsler from the Tigers. It is not known yet what the Tigers will receive in return. Kinsler had to waive his no-trade clause in order for the deal to happen.

Kinsler, 35, hit .236/.313/.412 with 22 home runs, 52 RBI, 90 runs scored, and 14 stolen bases in 613 plate appearances for the Tigers this past season. He’s in the final year of his contract and will earn $10 million for the 2018 season.

The Angels were certainly looking to upgrade at second base and did so with Kinsler. They were also reportedly interested in Cesar Hernandez of the Phillies.