I will be doing a weekly update about the Texas Rangers farm system every Friday. In it I will give a weekly status on the Dallas Sports Nation Top 20 Prospects List.
I will also give a Player of the Week and Pitcher of the Week from DSN list. I will also give a Player of the Week and Pitcher of the Week not on the DSN list. These will come from throughout the Rangers system.
With that being said let’s dive into the week of April 5-10…
DSN TOP 20 LIST
1. Hans Crouse- Crouse is playing for the Class A Hickory Crawdads in the South Atlantic League (SAL). He made two starts this week. He went 1-0 in two starts. Opening night 4/4/2019 against Lakewood he went 2.2 innings with 1 hit, 0 ER and 2 K’s. He started 4/10/2019 against Greensboro. He went 5 innings with 1 hit, 0 ER and 9 K’s
2. Bubba Thompson- Thompson is playing OF for the Down East Wood Ducks in the Carolina League. He played in 6 games. He had 23 AB’s, 3 hits, 2 doubles, 2 walks and struck out 5 times. He hit .130 for the week.
3. Anderson Tejeda- Tejeda is also playing for Down East. He played in 6 games at SS. He had 22 AB’s, 7 hits, 2 doubles, 3 walks and struck out 8 times. He hit .318 for the week.
4. Julio Pablo Martinez- Martinez has played 6 games in OF for Hickory. All of them in CF. He had 22 AB’s, 8 hits, 1 triple, 1 HR, 3 walks and struck out 7 times. He hit .348 for the week.
5. Joe Palumbo- Palumbo is in the starting rotation for the Frisco Roughriders in the Texas League. He made one start this week. I wrote a story about watching his start with his dad here. He went 4.2 innings, allowed 2 hits, 1 ER, 1 HR. His ERA for the week is 1.93.
6. Kyle Cody- Injured and not playing
7. Tyler Phillips- Phillips is the ace of the Down East pitching staff. He has pitched two games this week. He was the opening night start going 5 shutout innings against Carolina. On April 10th he went 7 shutout innings against Myrtle Beach. Combined he was 1-0 with 12 innings pitched, 0 ER, he gave up 5 hits and struck out 7.
8. Cole Winn- Did not play. He is still in extended spring training.
9. Cole Ragans- Injured and not playing
10. Leody Taveras- Taveras played CF for Down East in 6 games. He had 26 AB’s, 12 hits, 1 double, 1 triple and 3 walks. His OBP is .517 and he is hitting .462 for the week.
11. Jonathan Hernandez- Hernandez is the second arm in the Frisco rotation to make this list. Hernandez made one start this week. He went 5.2 innings, 1 ER, 5 hits and 7 K’s. His ERA was 1.59 for the week.
12. Chris Seise- Seise is the starting SS for Hickory. This is his first full season of pro ball since a shoulder injury. He played 6 games. He had 25 AB’s, 10 hits, 4 doubles, 1 triple. He hit .400 for the week.
13. Jonathon Ornelas- Ornelas started in the infield for 5 games at Hickory. He had 15 AB’s, 5 hits, 2 doubles and hit .333 for the week. He is playing a lot of 3B.
14. Taylor Hearn- Hearn made two starts for AAA Nashville including opening night. On April 4 he went 5 innings, 4 ER, gave up 6 hits and struck out 9. He came back on April 9 and went 5 innngs again. He gave up 1 ER, 4 hits and struck out 4. For the week he was 1-1, with 10 innings pitched, 5 ER, 10 hits and struck out 13. His ERA for the week was 4.50.
15. Alex Speas- Injured and not playing
16. Sherten Apostel- Apostel has played 6 games at third base for Hickory. He has had 22 AB’s, 4 hits, 2 doubles, 5 walks and struck out 7 times. His batting average was .182 for the week.
17. Yerry Rodriguez- Rodriguez started one game for Hickory. He went 5 innings and gave up 4 hits, 0 ER, struck out 6 and had NO walks.
18. Demarcus Evans- Evans has started the season as the closer for Down East. He pithced in two games this week. He went 2.1 innings, 1 SV, 0 ER, 5 K’s and walked 3.
19. Brock Burke- Burke started opening night for Frisco. He went 5 innings, allowed 0 ER, 6 hits, 0 walks and struck out 4. He will miss this next start with a blister on his middle finger.
20. Diosbel Arias- Arias has been playing 2B in the first 6 games of the season. He has had 21 AB’s, 7 hits, 1 double and hit .333 for the week. With Tejada at SS this is a middle infield that is stout.
DSN TOP 20 PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
PITCHER- Tyler Phillips
HITTER- Leody Taveras
MINOR LEAGUE PLAYERS OF THE WEEK THAT ARE NOT IN DSN TOP 20
Photo:Duncan Stanley/Frisco RoughRiders
PITCHER- WEI-CHIEH HUANG Frisco relief pitcher threw 6 innings with 8 K’s and an 1.50 ERA
HITTER- SAM HUFF The Hickory catcher hit .385 with 2 HR’s and 3 doubles
DOWN EAST WOOD DUCKS