Lone Star Dugout Hot List (6/10-6/24)

Triple-A Oklahoma outfielder Nelson Cruz tops our fourth 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) Nelson Cruz (RF, Oklahoma) - After hitting just .188 with three home runs in 144 at-bats with the Rangers this season, Nelson Cruz has become one of the hottest hitters in all of professional baseball. The 26-year-old has hit .341 with seven home runs over the last two weeks. Cruz is hitting .352 in 17 total games since joining the RedHawks.

2) German Duran (2B, Frisco) - It seems as if Frisco second baseman German Duran has lived on this list all season. Up from number seven two weeks ago, Duran has batted .367 with six doubles and four home runs since June 10. The 22-year-old is currently working on a 12-game hitting streak.

3) Kevin Mahar (CF, Oklahoma) - A former undrafted free agent, Oklahoma outfielder Kevin Mahar has done nothing but hit since joining the Oklahoma RedHawks. Mahar is currently hitting .385 (20-for-52) since June 10 with eight doubles, one triple, and one home run.

4) Salomon Manriquez (C, Frisco) - Manriquez has proven to be an impact bat for the RoughRiders this year, posting an OPS of .951 in the season's first half. The native of Venezuela has hit .382 with three home runs and 13 RBI in the last two weeks.

5) Casey Benjamin (SS, Frisco) - Benjamin rounds out a top five that consists of nothing but Triple-A and Double-A hitters. The 26-year-old infielder may not be found on many prospect lists, but he is quietly having a solid season in Frisco. Benjamin has hit .353 with three doubles, three triples, and three home runs in his last 51 at-bats. The shortstop has also drawn 12 walks in that time.

6) Omar Poveda (RHP, Clinton) - Aside from a rough outing in the Midwest League All-Star Game, Clinton hurler Omar Poveda has been outstanding in the last two weeks. In two starts with the LumberKings, the 19-year-old allowed just one run on eight hits in 13 innings, posting a 2-0 record. Poveda walked three and struck out 13.

7) Steve Murphy (OF, Frisco) - Though Steve Murphy hasn't hit for much power this season – he has just four home runs in 271 at-bats – his average has risen rapidly over the past two weeks. The Kansas State product is hitting .356 with five doubles, one home run, and 16 RBI in his last 15 ballgames.

8) Mike Wood (RHP, Oklahoma) - Though he hasn't performed particularly well with the Rangers this season, Mike Wood has been one of the best pitchers in the PCL. Wood has posted a 2-0 record over his last two outings, allowing just three runs on 10 hits in 13 innings. He has fanned 13 without issuing a walk.

9) Jim Fasano (1B, Frisco) - With a lineup as outstanding as Frisco's, some players are bound to be overlooked. Jim Fasano is one of them. Fasano, who is hitting .307 with seven home runs, has gone 16-for-47 (.340) with seven doubles and a triple in the last two weeks.

10) Danny Ray Herrera (LHP, Frisco) - Left-handed reliever Danny Herrera appears to have found his comfort zone at the Double-A level. In his last 9 1/3 innings, the Odessa native has allowed just one run, walked two, and struck out 13.

Who's not?

1) Tony Roth (UT, Oklahoma) – Utilityman Tony Roth has struggled to find a groove in his first taste of Triple-A ball. The Creighton product has just one hit – a double – in his first 18 at-bats with the RedHawks. Roth has struck out in eight of those plate appearances.

2) Kevin Richardson (C, Frisco) - The streaky Richardson has continued to have problems with his batting average this season, as the backstop is just 6-for-36 (.167) over his last 10 games. Richardson has two extra base hits and four RBI over that period.

3) Mark Redman (LHP, Oklahoma) - Redman, who was an All-Star with the Kansas City Royals last season, signed with the Rangers in hopes that he would be able to contribute to the big league club. However, that is beginning to look unlikely, as the left-hander has given up 13 earned runs on 27 hits in just 16 2/3 innings over his last three starts.

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