Photo Credit: Sam Hodde
Texas League Futures Game Performances
*DH Ryon Healy, Midland RockHounds (since promoted): 2-3, 2B/BB
2B Willie Calhoun, Tulsa Drillers: 0-1, BB
C Carson Kelly, Springfield Cardinals: 0-2
*SP Joe Musgrove, Corpus Christi Hooks (since promoted): 1 clean IP, 11 Pitches/8 Strikes
Texas League North (Affiliate, Record, Last Week’s Record)
Northwest Arkansas Naturals (Kansas City Royals), 11-8 (3-2)
Tulsa Drillers (Los Angeles Dodgers), 11-8 (2-3)
*Springfield Cardinals (St. Louis Cardinals), 8-10 (2-3)
Arkansas Travelers (Los Angeles Angels), 6-12 (1-4)
Texas League South (Affiliate, First-Half Record)
Midland RockHounds (Oakland A’s), 14-5 (4-1)
*Corpus Christi Hooks (Houston Astros), 11-8 (3-2)
San Antonio Missions (San Diego Padres), 8-11 (3-2)
Frisco RoughRiders (Texas Rangers), 6-13 (2-3)
*First Half Champion
Leading Off, Midland RockHounds
With three teams at 11 wins, Midland has jumped ahead of the pack to begin the second half of Texas League Play. So far, they are 14-5 and winners of four straight.
The RockHounds first win of the week came on July 9th behind of Chris Jensen. The lanky right-hander struck out 10 batters in 6 and 2/3 innings. Top prospect Franklin Barreto had three hits. First baseman Viosergy Rosa exploded for five hits the next day in a 17-6 win over Arkansas that saw the Hounds put up a nine spot in the bottom of the 7th. Rosa added four hits across the next two games.
Brandon Mann put a large dent in the strikeout column as well. He punched out eight batters on Monday for his first career Double-A victory.
The catching platoon of Bryan Anderson (recently received from Triple-A Sacramento combined for nine hits and 6 RBI. From the 8th to 13th outfielder J.P. Sportman hit .417 and slugged .625. Matt Chapman hit his league leading 21st and 22nd home runs.
Photo Credit: Tony Capobianco
Batting Second, Northwest Arkansas Naturals
The only team to beat the first placed RockHounds last week were these Naturals. The team was without Royals top prospect Raul Mondesi Jr. who received a promotion to Triple-A Omaha on the 8th.
The Texas League first half leader in K’s was on his complete game. Jake Junis struck out seven in seven frames. He allowed an unearned run and walked one batter. Corey Toupsand Frank Schwindel had three hits apiece. 6-foot-7 lefty Erik Skoglund ended the week as Junis began it. He also went seven and gave up just two hits in a win. Corey Toups had three hits, extending his hitting streak to 11. He has hit safely in 16 of 17 games with 27 hits in those 17 games to a tune of .386.
In the Hole, Corpus Christi Hooks
First Baseman/DH Chase McDonald had back-to-back-to-back multi-hit games. Second year pro Alejandro Garcia had three as well. Shortstop Jack Mayfield has five home runs in nine games since swapping places with the promoted Alex Bregman. Mayfield has nine home runs in 33 2016 AA games.
Batting Cleanup, San Antonio Missions
After a first half to forget, the Padres affiliate are batting four hole in this week’s rankings.
The Missions played a 12 inning thriller Monday night in Springfield. They tied the game at three in the top of the 9th before adding five runs in the 12th inning to steal a win. Franchy Corderoand Jose Rondon had three hits.
Since being promoted from High-A Lake Elsinore and replacing Auston Bousfield as the team’s leadoff hitter, Cordero is hitting .356 with a 1.016 OPS in 13 games. He is 6 for 7 on the base paths and has a pair of long balls.
Shortstop Jose Rondon, acquired two summers ago from the Angels for Huston Street, is finding his stride. He’s fifth in Texas League hitting with a .288 batting average. Also in that deal was Taylor Lindsey who could be finding his bat. The former 1st Round Pick had seven hits in 15 at bats.
Photo Credit: Sam Hodde
Hitting 5th, Tulsa Drillers
Tulsa’s pitching prowess didn’t catch the bus this week. Texas League wins and innings leader Chase De Jongwill go for win number 10 next time out.
Speaking 0f double digits, top position prospect Cody Bellinger launched his 10th home run. Drew Maggi had a pair of three-hit games and is hitting .297 for Tulsa. He has made two separate trips to Triple-A Oklahoma City with a third likely coming soon.
Due Up 6th, Springfield Cardinals
Harrison Bader and Carson Kelly –both 2016 Texas League All-Stars– earned promotion to Triple-A Memphis that has shaken things up a smidge, but the Cardinals churned out 14 runs to get their week started off on the right foot. The First Half North winner took down the South champ Hooks behind new arrival Allen Staton. Staton had three hits as did catcher Luis Cruz. First baseman Luke Voit had four hits and drove in five runs.
7th, Frisco RoughRiders
The RoughRiders will eventually get hot again, there’s simply too much talent. You could argue there’s more talent now then there was on the team that started the season so hot, despite the results suggesting quite differently. Frisco did the Arkansas circuit on their home field before departing to the nightmarish confounds of Corpus Christi to end the week. The Riders welcomed back Rangers top prospect Lewis Brinson from the disabled list. Out nearly a month with a shoulder strain, Brinson came back red hot.
The outfielder smacked home runs in three straight games and went for four hits on the 11th. He also stole his 12th base. Catcher Kellin Deglan had a walk-off home run Friday night that just cleared the left field wall. Fellow catcher/pretty much everything else Alex Burg went deep thrice this past week with four RBI. He took advantage of some extra playing time with Ronald Guzman away at the Futures Game.
And 8th, Arkansas Travelers
Arkansas beat Frisco 10-5 but dropped four straight next. In the victory eight starters had hits and six had two. Jabari Henry hit his 13th home run. Alex Yarbrough navigated the right side of the infield (three games at 2B, two at 1B) and had eight hits in the four games from July 8-11. He also stole his 6th base.
Next Week: July 14-20