Lone Star Dugout Prospect Hot List (7/21-8/6)

Oklahoma slugger Victor Diaz tops our seventh 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) Victor Diaz (OF, Oklahoma) – Diaz has done nothing but hit since he was sent back to Oklahoma in mid-July. The slugging outfielder has hit .377 with five doubles, one triple, five home runs, and 16 runs batted in over his last 15 contests. The stretch included one 5-for-5 performance with two round-trippers. Diaz is hitting .352 on the season with the RedHawks with an OPS of over 1.000.

2) Mauro Gomez (1B, Clinton) - Lone Star Dugout's minor league player of the month for July has hit .318 (21-for-66) with seven doubles, seven long balls, and 19 runs batted in since July 21. Gomez, who hit 12 home runs in the month of July alone, is currently tied for the Midwest League lead with 20 home runs.

3) Omar Poveda (RHP, Bakersfield) - Poveda now plays with High-A Bakersfield, but all three of his starts since July 21 came in Clinton. The tall right-hander surrendered just three earned runs on 10 hits in 20 innings over those three appearances, walking four and fanning 20. Poveda, who was 2-0 with a 1.35 ERA, took a no-hitter into the eighth inning in one of his starts.

4) Freddie Thon (1B, Bakersfield) - After hitting .321 in 53 games with Bakersfield in 2006, Thon got off to a slow start in his second season with the Blaze this year. He has picked up the pace lately, however, as he has hit a smooth .390 with nine home runs in his last 59 at-bats. Thon has hit safely in 13 of his 14 games played since July 21.

5) German Duran (2B, Frisco) - Though the recent promotions of Taylor Teagarden and Chris Davis have taken the focus off German Duran, he has quietly hit one of his hottest stretches of the season. The Fort Worth native is hitting .364 with four home runs in his last 14 games. Two of the home runs came in one game, his first multi-homer game of the season.

6) Chad Tracy (LF, Clinton) - Tracy was stuck in a gigantic slump after the All-Star break, but he has begun to break out of it in a big way. The Pepperdine product is hitting .323 (21-for-65) with three doubles and four home runs over his last 16 games. The 22-year-old leads the Midwest League with 29 doubles.

7) Keisuke Ueno (RHP, Spokane) - There have been quite a few outstanding relief performances over the last two weeks, but Keisuke Ueno especially stood out. The native of Japan didn't yield a hit in 9 1/3 innings with the Indians. He gave up one run on six walks while recording 14 strikeouts.

8) Michael Schlact (RHP, Frisco) - Schlact made two solid starts with Bakersfield before being promoted to Double-A Frisco, where he shut down one of the best offensive clubs in all of Double-A baseball. The tall righty tossed 5 1/3 scoreless innings, walking one and striking out six.

9) Chris Davis (3B, Frisco) - Davis is dropped on the list because he finished his time with Bakersfield in a 5-for-28 slump. However, he has raked since being promoted to Double-A Frisco. The third baseman is 8-for-22 with two doubles, three home runs, and nine runs batted in since joining the RoughRiders on July 31.

10) Luis Mendoza (RHP, Frisco) - The most consistent pitcher in the organization over the last month, Mendoza allowed only four runs in 17 2/3 innings over his last three starts. Not known as a strikeout pitcher, he fanned 16 while walking only five during that stretch.

Who's not?


1) Micah Furtado (3B, Frisco) - Furtado was in the midst of the streak of a lifetime to begin his Double-A career, as he was 12-for-24 with three doubles and a home run in seven games since July 21. However, a collision while sliding into second base separated his shoulder and he currently finds himself rehabbing in Surprise while top prospect Chris Davis mans third base for the RoughRiders.

2) Kevin Richardson (C, Frisco) - A solid defensive catcher, Richardson has struggled with the bat all season. He has especially struggled lately, as he has just two hits in his last 31 at-bats, going hitless in eight of his last nine contests. Although he has belted 13 home runs, he has only five doubles in 275 at-bats.

3) Manuel Pina (C, Clinton) - Pina has struggled ever since hitting .348 in the month of July. The 20-year-old backstop has seen his batting average plummet to .227 after going 3-for-32 with no extra base hits in his last ten contests.


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