Lone Star Dugout Prospect Hot List (8/7-8/20)

Frisco catcher Taylor Teagarden tops our eighth 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) Taylor Teagarden (C, Frisco) – Still relatively new to the Double-A level, Teagarden has continued to mash the ball since his promotion from Bakersfield. The backstop has hit .415 (17-for-41) with three home runs and eight runs batted in over his last 11 games.

2) Edinson Volquez (RHP, Oklahoma) - Volquez missed a workout earlier in the week that eventually caused him to miss his first big league start of the 2007 season. That doesn't take away from his outstanding work with the RedHawks, however. Volquez surrendered just one run on six hits in 14 innings in his two starts since August 7. Over that time frame, the right-hander struck out 20 while walking only three.

3) Nate Gold (1B, Oklahoma) - Gold was the best power producer in the organization over the last two weeks, as he belted seven home runs in 49 at bats. During that time, he had more home runs (7) than singles (6). After a slow start power-wise, Gold is currently up to 23 home runs and 91 RBI in his first Triple-A season.

4) Evan Reed (RHP, Clinton) - A closer in college, Reed was gradually built up to become a starting pitcher in the Rangers organization. In his first start with the Single-A Clinton LumberKings, the Cal Poly product allowed only one hit in six scoreless innings.

5) Elvis Andrus (SS, Bakersfield) - Andrus put up sub-par offensive numbers with Myrtle Beach, but he has been excellent since joining Bakersfield. The young shortstop hit .380 with two home runs and seven stolen bases in 12 games over the last two weeks.

6) Chris Davis (3B, Frisco) - Though Davis has hit "just" .317 since August 7, he has five home runs, six walks, and 10 RBI, giving him an OPS of 1.148. The run actually dropped Davis' Double-A batting average, which currently sits at .328 through 19 games.

7) Max Ramirez (C, Bakersfield) - Over his last 11 games, Ramirez is batting .324 with three doubles and two home runs. The sweet-swinging catcher has also become more patient over that time, as he has drawn seven walks. In 97 games between two organizations this season, the 22-year-old is hitting .311 with 15 home runs and 75 RBI.

8) Mike Ballard (LHP, Bakersfield) - You know it's a strong hot list when a pitcher that carries a perfect game into the sixth inning barely makes the list. In his last two starts, Ballard has won both, giving up two earned runs in 14 1/3 innings. He has struck out 15 without issuing a single walk.

9) Michael Ortiz (1B, AZL Rangers) - Ortiz had cooled off after a fast start, but he has begun to heat up again in a big way. The Miami native has posted a .991 OPS over his last nine ballgames, hitting .382 with two doubles and a home run.

10) Neftali Feliz (RHP, Spokane) - Working out of the bullpen with the Short-Season Spokane Indians, the flame-throwing Feliz has surrendered only one hit in his last three appearances, spanning 6.2 frames. Though he was walked five during that time, Feliz has struck out 11.

Who's not?

1) Brandon Boggs (OF, Frisco) - Aside from Boggs' 4-for-41 beginning to the month of August, he recently served a three-game suspension after charging the mound in a game against the Tulsa Drillers last week. Boggs got off to a fast start at Double-A, but the recent slump has dropped his batting average to around .260.

2) Travis Metcalf (3B, Oklahoma) - Metcalf has struggled since being sent from the big league club to the RedHawks in early August. In 61 at bats with the Rangers' Triple-A club, the Kansas product is batting just .148 with three extra base hits, all doubles.

3) Craig Crow (RHP, Spokane) - Drafted out of Rice University in 2006, Crow's first full professional season has been a rough one. After battling injuries early in the year, the right-hander resurfaced with Single-A Clinton only to get shelled for 10 earned runs in six innings. Crow has since been sent to Spokane, where he is working out of the bullpen.


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