Lone Star Dugout Prospect Hot List (6/1-6/13)

Lone Star Dugout is back once again with another look at who's hot and who's not throughout the Rangers' minor league system. Who tops this week's list? It's time to find out!

Who's hot?

1. 1. Renny Osuna (SS, Clinton)
– Midwest League All-Star Renny Osuna keeps right on hitting for the L-Kings. In his latest impressive stretch, the shortstop has put together multi-hit games in seven of his last 10 contests, including three doubles June 6th against Peoria. He's already surpassed last year's totals in hits, doubles, triples, homers, and walks, and has done so in ten fewer games. Osuna also owns a .419 average (18-for-43) over his last ten games.

2. Chris Davis (1B, Oklahoma) – Davis finds himself in the midst of a seven-game hitting streak and appears to be warming up nicely to Triple-A pitching. Thursday night against Nashville, the first baseman put together a 3-for-4 evening with a double and homer. He's 12-for-25 with two homers and five doubles over the last seven games and is the proud owner of a .389 average (14-for-36) over his last 10 ballgames.

3. Chad Tracy (DH, Bakersfield) – Tracy has been white hot for the Blaze, collecting hits in nine of his last 10 ballgames and compiling a .410 (16-for-39) average. The DH, who had a mild April and a tepid May, has seen his average explode in June, hitting nearly .450 (19-for-43) on the month.

4. Michael Ballard (LHP, Frisco) – The southpaw has looked outstanding over his last three outings for the Roughriders. Most recently, he held Corpus Christi scoreless and gave up just four hits and a walk to the Hooks in a 15-0 whitewashing. Ballard has given up just two earned runs in 21 2/3 innings over his last three times on the hill.

5. Casey Benjamin (SS, Frisco) – Benjamin has put together quite a June for Frisco, hitting .353 (12-for-34) over his first 10 games this month. On Thursday night, he took part in an 18-hit attack against the Hooks, contributing three hits of his own and adding a run batted in along with two runs scored.

6. Tim Smith (LF, Clinton) – Smith has hits in each of his last 10 ballgames and owns a soaring .474 (18-for-38) average during that time. On June 4th, his walkoff single in the bottom of the 10th proved to be the only run in a 1-0 victory over Beloit.

7. J.T. Restko (1B, Bakersfield – Bakersfield's DH recently saw an interesting five-game hitting streak come to end. In it, Restko went a solid 10-for-20 at the plate with all 10 of his hits coming in the form of singles. After an ice-cold April, the 23-year old has continued hitting through May and straight into June, where he owns a .323 (10-for-31) average.

8. Derek Holland (LHP, Clinton) – On Tuesday night, Holland looked sharp in his six innings of work for the L-Kings, striking out 5 and allowing just two hits and no runs. His efforts raised his record to 6-0 on the year with a pristine 2.91 ER, and helped punch Clinton's ticket the post-season thanks to a 10-2 victory.

9. Neftali Feliz (RHP, Clinton) –Feliz rebounded from a rough outing on June 5th to hold Kane County to just one run on four hits while striking out nine over five innings last Monday. Arguably the most promising youngster in the Rangers' farm system, the righty now owns a 2.29 ERA and 72 strikeouts in 63 innings pitched this season.

10. Brian Gordon (RHP, Oklahoma) – Gordon recently wrapped up a brief but successful stint with Double-A Frisco on June 9th. In 15 appearances out of the Roughrider bullpen, the reliever allowed exactly zero earned runs and just nine hits in 22 innings of work.

Who's not?

1. Taylor Teagarden (C, Oklahoma)
– Teagarden has been in quite a funk over the last couple of weeks and has seen his average drop into the .230's. The backstop has just five hits over his last 35 at-bats, good for an irritatingly low .143 batting average.

2. Nate Gold (1B, Oklahoma)
– Gold has just six hits in his last 35 at-bats, including an 0-for-14 streak that ran through the end of May into the beginning of June. No longer the everyday first baseman in Oklahoma thanks to the promotion of Chris Davis, Gold has seen his average plummet to just .205 on the season.

3. Mauro Gomez (1B, Bakersfield) – Gomez has just seven hits in his last 38 at-bats, and is scuffling with a .138 batting average over his last ten games. The first baseman has also struck out 12 times over that period, giving him 62 strikeouts over 214 at-bats this season.

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