Lone Star Dugout Prospect Hot List 5/17-5/31

Bakersfield outfielder Julio Borbon sits atop the latest edition 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 throughout the Rangers organization.

Who's hot?

1. Julio Borbon (OF, Bakersfield)
– The Bakersfield centerfielder has been red hot over the last couple of weeks, stringing together multi-hit efforts in five of his last seven ballgames and hitting over .370 in the process. Borbon had a grand old time last Wednesday night against Visalia, going 2-for-5 with a double, a three-run homer, three runs scored, and also stole a base – his 19th on the season.

2. Kennil Gomez (RHP, Clinton) – In his last time out, Gomez held Beloit helpless over seven innings allowing just one hit with three walks and four outs. Although he failed to pick up the win, his efforts lowered his earned run average to 2.21 on the season, which is good for ninth in the pitcher-friendly Midwest League.

3. Renny Osuna (SS, Clinton) – Osuna just keeps on hitting for the L-Kings. The shortstop owns a .308 average (12-for-37) over his last ten ballgames and has seen his average soar to .363 on the year. The past month has been especially kind to Osuna, who could candidate for Player of the Month honors thanks to his .412 average in the month of May.

4. Max Ramirez (C, Frisco) – Frisco's catcher added another award to the mantle last week, winning Texas League Player of the Week honors. He hit .445 (10-for-22) from May 19-25, collecting four home runs and 10 runs batted in. (both league-highs). The backstop owns a stellar .380 average on the season.

5. Robinson Tejeda (RHP, Oklahoma) – Recently recalled by the Rangers, Tejeda, who returned to a starting rotation role at the beginning of the month, owned a 1.11 ERA and 28 strikeouts in 24 innings through the month of May at Oklahoma. He recently picked up a win against the Iowa Cubs on Memorial day, holding the the opposition scoreless for six innings while fanning eight.

6. J.T. Restko (OF, Bakersfield) – The 23-year old Restko has put on quite a power show for the Blaze over the last week and a half. The outfielder owns a .350 average (14-for-40) over his last 10 ballgames, connecting on five homeruns and driving in 12 men. Restko is also in the midst of a 10-game hit streak for Bakersfield.

7. Blake Beavan (RHP, Clinton) – While he still has quite a way to go before reaching his full potential, Beavan's latest efforts were good enough to make his first appearance on the Hot List. The righty has looked outstanding in his last two starts for the L-Kings, allowing a total of five hits, seven strikeouts, and no runs. Maybe more impressive, Beavan has just one walk over 31 innings of work with Clinton.

8. Chris Davis (1B, Oklahoma) – Davis wrapped up his career in Double-A one week ago, finishing with a .318 average, 25 homeruns, and 67 runs driven in over a portion of last season and this season. The first baseman collected two hits in his second game with the Redhawks, and connected on his first homerun in Triple-A one night ago.

9. Brian Gordon (RHP, Frisco) – He's nearly 30, but Brian Gordon has been absolutely outstanding out of the bullpen for the ‘Riders. He recently wrapped up another couple of weeks of shutout ball, and has allowed just one unearned run in 17 innings worth of appearances with Frisco. Opponents are hitting measly .123 against him.

10. Jose Vallejo (OF, Bakersfield) – The speedy Vallejo had a monster evening on Wednesday night against Visalia. He hit two homeruns in the game, with a three-run homer and an inside-the-park job later in the evening. Vallejo also singled, walked twice, and stole his 19th base of the season as well. After a cooldown, this latest stretch has his average back in the vicinity of .300 on the season.

Who's not?

1. Jordan Stewart (RHP, Bakersfield)
– Stewart has suffered through some very tough outings his last few times out of the Bakersfield bullpen. In his last three a appearances, the righty has allowed seven hits, nine earned runs, and walked seven batters over a combined three innings pitched. His latest string of rough outings has left him with a 5.31 ERA on the season.

2. Steve Murphy (OF, Frisco) – Murphy recently endured a ragged 2-for-17 stretch that's dropped his average to under .300 on the season. Although he's shown signs of life over the last two ballgames, the outfielder is still only hitting .194 (7-for-36) over his last 10 games.

3. Travis Metcalf (3B, Oklahoma) – Recently recalled to the big league club, Metcalf didn't exactly tear it up during his most recent stint with the Redhawks. The third baseman went 0-for-3 in his final game with Oklahoma, giving him a .211 average in 10 games. He also had 12 strikeouts in 38 at-bats.

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