Lone Star Dugout Prospect Hot List (5/2-5/16)

The Lone Star Dugout Prospect Hot List is back with another look at who's hot and who's not throughout the Rangers' minor league system.

Who's hot?


1. Neftali Feliz (RHP, Clinton)
- Feliz hasn't allowed more than two hits in either of his last two outings and has given up exactly zero earned runs dating back to April 26th. Most recently, the righty squashed Beloit for five innings and struck out four, but did not factor in the outcome. Feliz has also struck out 25 batters over his last 20.1 innings of work.

2. Max Ramirez (C, Frisco) - There appears to be no slowing down Max Ramirez. Frisco's backstop is hitting well over .400 over his last 10 games, and has recently picked up a first baseman's mit and began taking grounders. Could a role as the first baseman in Arlington be far away?

3. Chris Davis (1B, Frisco) - Davis is batting an impressive .352 through the month of May, whacking four homeruns and collecting 13 runs driven in for Double-A Frisco. Thursday night, he wrapped up a 4-for-4 evening against Midland that included three extra base hits. Next step for the first baseman is solving left-handed pitchers, who are holding Davis to a .238 average in limited at-bats.

4. Ian Gac (1B, Clinton) - Gac is continuing his dominance of the Midwest League. He leads all sluggers with 14 homeruns, and ranks near the top of the league with a .357 average. He also owns 98 runs batted in - 27 more than the next closest player. Currently, the first baseman sits at a .314 average with five homers and 16 runs driven in over the past 10 ballgames.

5. Renny Osuna (2B, Clinton) - The L-Kings second baseman has been making plenty of noise throughout the month of May. After a three-hit night on Thursday, Osuna is batting an astounding .439 on the month. He also owns a nine-game hit streak and has collected multiple hits in six of those contests.

6. Julio Borbon (OF, Bakersfield) - The leadoff hitter for the Blaze recently saw his 17-game hit streak come to an end with an 0-for-3 night last Tuesday. But the following night, he collected two more hits and also swiped a bag to give him 16 stolen bases on the season. Borbon has been crushing California League pitching to the tune of a .384 average over his last 10 ballgames.

7. Ben Harrison (OF, Frisco) - Harrison owns a .314 average with four homeruns and 17 runs batted in over his last 10 ballgames. On Thursday night against the Rockhounds, Harrison took charge and led a 16-run, 16-hit offensive attack by the Roughriders with a grand slam and a whopping six runs batted in.

8. Tommy Hunter (RHP, Bakersfield) - Hunter put together an excellent start in his last appearance for Bakersfield. In it, he yielded two runs over eight innings of work against High Desert and fanned eight batters while walking none. The University of Alabama product has shown impressive control with 20 strikeouts to just four walks over his last three outings, and he's also second in all of the minor leagues with 58.1 innings pitched.

9. Johnny Whittleman (3B, Bakersfield) - Bakersfield's third baseman finds himself on a bit of a hot streak. Whittleman has ripped up opposing pitching to the tune of a .364 average over the last ten days and his seen his average rise up to the .280 range.

10. Derek Holland (LHP, Clinton) – Holland has been tough as nails on opposing hitters as of late and remains undefeated on the season. He hasn't allowed more than two earned runs in any of his last three starts and is 2-0 with a 2.49 ERA during that time frame.

Who's not?


1. Jorge Quintero (RHP, Clinton)
- The 21 year-old Quintero's most recent outing was one to forget. The righty was torched for 11 runs, all of them earned, and couldn't make it out of the fourth inning in a lopsided loss to Beloit. The rough outing landed him with a painful 7.23 earned run average through in five starts with Clinton.

2. Michael Ballard (LHP, Frisco) - Michael Ballard is suffering through some rocky times with the Roughriders. He was effective but wild in a start on May 5th, walking five batters but escaping with a no-decision. Then on May 9th, Corpus Christi torched the southpaw for 10 runs on 10 hits over just 2.2 innings. He allowed seven hits through five innings on Thursday night but picked up the win, and is showing signs of settling back down.

3. Jose Vallejo (2B, Bakersfield) - Bakersfield's second baseman has hit an icy patch of sorts in the month of May. The switch-hitting Dominican youngster watched his average plummet over the last two weeks thanks to a 2-for-25 stretch from May 3rd to the 10th.

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