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By Scott Barancik, editor

If California League (High A) pitchers weren’t paying much attention to Zach Borenstein before, they certainly are now.

The 22-year-old outfielder hit not one but two 3-run HRs Sunday night (4/28/2013) in the Inland Empire 66ers’ 12-7 victory over the Lancaster Lugnuts. The day before, Borenstein went 3-for-5 and provided the winning margin with a 10th-inning HR. His two-day totals? Five hits in 10 at-bats, including 3 HRs and 8 RBIs.

The Los Angeles Angels prospect also hit 2 HRs on April 16. Borenstein‘s recent power barrage gives him an impressive 7 HRs in just 73 at-bats — 2nd most in the league — and 17 RBIs, along with a .288 batting average, .316 on-base percentage, .630 slugging percentage (6th highest) and .946 on-base plus slugging.

It’s a big step up in power from 2011, when the 6-foot-tall, 205-pounder hit .266 with 11 HRs, 50 RBIs, and a .485 slugging percentage in 293 at-bats for the Cedar Rapids Kernels (A). The Angels plucked Borenstein out of Eastern Illinois University in the 23rd round of the 2011 amateur draft.

The 66ers play a home game against the Lugnuts tonight (4/30/2013) in San Bernadino, Calif.

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