Lone Star Dugout Prospect Hot List (6/25-7/7)

Bakersfield third baseman Chris Davis leads our fifth 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) Chris Davis (3B, Bakersfield) - Currently riding a 27-game hitting streak, Davis is easily the hottest player in the Rangers organization. Over the 13-game stretch, the native Texan was 26-for-55 (.473) with six doubles, six home runs, and an eye-popping 29 runs batted in. At one point, Davis knocked in 17 runs in just four games.

2) Jason Botts (OF, Oklahoma) - Many had begun to worry about Botts' low home run total, but the outfielder has taken care of that over the last two weeks. While he has hit .380 (19-for-50), Botts has crushed five home runs in that span. He has also hit six doubles, one triple, and driven in 17 runs. Botts, who is hitting .363 since May 1st, should be in the Rangers everyday lineup within a matter of weeks.

3) Armando Galarraga (RHP, Frisco) - Since coming over from the Nationals in the Alfonso Soriano deal two offseasons ago, Galarraga has no doubt been a disappointment. However, he has flashed the strong slider and hard, sinking fastball the Rangers have been waiting to see in his last two starts. After allowing just one run in six innings two starts ago, the right-hander tossed a one-hit shutout with nine strikeouts in his last time out.

4) Jon Weber (OF, Bakersfield) - A 29-year-old who hit .321 with Tucson of the PCL last season, Weber is doing exactly what he should be doing to California League pitching. Still, his current streak is impressive. The Texas Tech product is hitting .446 with an OPS of 1.107 over his last 13 contests.

5) Kasey Kiker (LHP, Clinton) - Kiker, who is limited to a pitch count, couldn't have done any better in the runs allowed department. The left-hander kept his opponent off the scoreboard in both starts since June 25, fanning 12 and walking just one in 12 innings. After walking 35 in 52 1/3 innings at Short-Season Spokane last year, Kiker has issued just 17 free passes in 44 innings with Single-A Clinton.

6) Taylor Teagarden (C, Bakersfield) - Though he has been overshadowed by Chris Davis' recent streak, Teagarden has continued to consistently put up outstanding numbers for the Blaze. Now catching three times per week, Teagarden hit .367 (18-for-49) with six doubles and one home run in 13 games. He also drew 11 walks over that period, giving him a .492 on base percentage.

7) Chris Dennis (RHP, Clinton) - The Auburn product becomes the first 2007 signee to find his way on to the hot list. Dennis made four appearances with Short-Season Spokane and one with Single-A Clinton over the last two weeks. He has mastered both, as the righty has not allowed a hit in 7 2/3 innings. Dennis has walked three, struck out eight, posted a 2-0 record, and recorded four saves. Making his debut with Clinton on Saturday night, he picked up the save, tossing a perfect inning with one strikeout.

8) Nelson Cruz (OF, Oklahoma) - The power-hitting outfielder makes his second hot list in as many chances after hitting .354 with three home runs and 15 RBI in 12 games. Though his numbers weren't quite as good as his first two weeks in Triple-A, he has continued to tear through the Pacific Coast League pitching.

9) Tim Hulett (2B, Oklahoma) - Hulett got off to an outstanding start at the Triple-A level, but saw his average plummet after he hit .190 in the month of June. The infielder, and the second Auburn alum on this week's list, has finally turned it around. Tug is 18-for-50 (.360) with six doubles and a home run in his last 12 games.

10) Jeremiah Haar (RHP, Clinton) - Haar, who stepped into the rotation once Mike Ballard was promoted to Bakersfield, has been lights out all season. In 16 innings since June 25, Haar has posted a 2-0 record in 16 innings of work. He's surrendered two earned runs on 14 hits, walking two and striking out 12.

Who's not?

1) John Whittleman (3B, Clinton) – The third baseman has been one of the coldest players in the entire organization, regardless of prospect status. Though he has drawn 10 walks over his last 10 games, Whittleman has only two hits in that time, covering 33 at-bats. After hitting .236 in June, Whittleman is off to a 1-for-20 start in July. Despite the slump, the Kingwood native will be participating in this week's MLB Futures Game.

2) Glenn Swanson (LHP, Bakersfield) - After walking an uncharacteristic six batters in 4 1/3 innings on June 24, the former UC Irvine Anteater found out he would have to undergo Tommy John surgery on his left elbow. The polished southpaw missed nearly his entire 2005 season because of an arm injury as well.

3) Kevin Mahar (OF, Oklahoma) - After being on the good side of this list just two weeks ago, Mahar has fallen all the way down the page. The outfielder has just seven hits – and two extra-base hits – in his last 41 at-bats. He has struck out 15 times over that span while walking just twice.


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