Lone Star Dugout Prospect Hot List (4/25-5/9)

Triple-A Oklahoma left fielder Jason Botts tops our third version of the Lone Star Dugout prospect hot list. In this bi-weekly feature, Lone Star Dugout takes a look at who's hot and who's not in the Rangers organization.

Who's hot?

1) Jason Botts (LF, Oklahoma) - No Ranger has smashed the ball like Jason Botts has over the past two weeks. In 15 games, Botts is hitting a robust .480 (24-for-50) with 17 walks, giving him an on base percentage of .603. The slugger has also hit nine doubles, two triples, and two home runs in that span. After a very slow start, the recent surge has pushed Botts' batting average above .310.

2) Zach Phillips (LHP, Clinton) - Phillips comes in at number two for the second time this season. The left-handed pitcher made three starts in the last two weeks, posting a 1.77 ERA. He began the season with command issues, but has walked just one batter over his last 20.1 innings, fanning 14. The Californian took a perfect game into the seventh inning in his last start.

3) Nate Gold (1B, Oklahoma) - Last year's minor league player of the year was off to an unspectacular start with the RedHawks until he landed on the disabled list with a fractured finger. Since returning, the slugging first baseman has been red-hot. Gold has hit .361 with five doubles, four home runs, and 25 runs batted in over his last 15 games. The native of Utah also had a game in which he went 5-for-5 with two doubles, two home runs, and seven RBI.

4) Jim Fasano (1B, Frisco) - Frisco first baseman Jim Fasano hasn't seen regular playing time – he has just 26 at-bats since May 25 – but he has made good use of his plate appearances. After hitting eight home runs in 96 games with the RoughRiders last season, Fasano now has five long balls in his last 26 at-bats.

5) Taylor Teagarden (C/DH, Bakersfield) - It wouldn't be a Lone Star Dugout hot list without Taylor Teagarden. Though his strikeout rate has gone up lately – he has fanned 17 times in his last 54 at-bats – he's still making hard contact. The Dallas native is hitting .370 with three home runs and nine walks over that span, giving him an OPS of 1.081.

6) Doug Mathis (RHP, Frisco) - Sinkerballing right-hander Doug Mathis got off to a tough start with Triple-A Oklahoma, but he has long since straightened things out with Double-A Frisco. The former Missouri Tiger has allowed just three runs over his last two starts, spanning 14.1 innings. He's walked one batter and fanned eight, going 2-0. Mathis' season ERA with the RoughRiders sits at 2.37.

7) German Duran (2B, Frisco) - Possibly the surprise of the season, Frisco second baseman German Duran has done nothing but hit. Though he hasn't hit for home run power lately – he has just one in his last 54 at-bats – he's begun to spray the ball all over the field. The Fort Worth native is hitting .426 with six doubles, one home run, and 10 RBI over his last 14 games.

8) Freddy Guzman (CF, Oklahoma) - Freddy Guzman was another RedHawk that got off to a slow start this season. The speedy centerfielder has begun to pick up the pace lately, as he is hitting .333 with two doubles, one home run, and five stolen bases over his last 15 games. Guzman has also continued to be a patient hitter that makes consistent contact at the plate.

9) Adam Fox (UT, Frisco) - Like his teammate Fasano, Fox has had difficulty finding consistent at-bats as his team's utility player. Playing the majority of his time at first base while Emerson Frostad was on the disabled list, Fox hit .394 with three doubles and two triples in ten games since May 25.

10) Tim Gudex (LHP, Clinton) - Left-handed reliever Tim Gudex has been arguably the hottest reliever in the organization over the last two weeks. Gudex has allowed just three baserunners over his last 8.1 innings. Over that span, he's allowed no runs, struck out four, and recorded two saves.

Who's not?

1) Tug Hulett (2B, Oklahoma) – After a hot start that had Rangers fans buzzing about the second baseman's prospect status, the Auburn product has slowed down in a big way over the last 15 games. The second baseman has hit just .190 (11-for-58) with one extra base hit – a double – during that span.

2) David Paisano (OF, Clinton) - Being just 19-years-old and playing his first two weeks of baseball in the U.S., Paisano admittedly deserves a bit of a break. But he has hit just .135 with one extra base hit, a home run, and 17 strikeouts over his first 15 games. If the Rangers feel Paisano's bat may not be ready for Single-A Clinton, he could join Short-Season Spokane when they open up in late June.

3) Matt Farnum (RHP, Bakersfield) - The 26-year-old Texas A&M product was recently sent from Frisco to High-A Bakersfield, where he pitched the entire season last year. Farnum gave up two runs on three hits in 1.1 innings in his first appearance with the Blaze earlier in the week.

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