Texas Rangers: Beau Jones

Rangers prospect update: Nearing midseason

June, 11, 2010
6/11/10
10:30
AM CT
3B Chris Davis, OKC - Davis jumped into Triple-A after his demotion and went eight for his first 22, only to slump to a mediocre May, batting .280/.330/.439, 7:30 BB:SO for the month. This is his third season to spend some time in OKC, and that stretch was his first so-so period. He’s made the adjustments and caught fire this month. He is 16-33 (.485/.571/.758), but just as promising is his 8:5 ratio, as he has controlled the strike zone as well as any stretch in his career. I would think that his ability to sustain that trend would be the best possible sign that legitimate progress is being made.

RHP Michael Main, Bakersfield - Main has been predictably inconsistent in his overall results in Bakersfield as a fly ball pitcher in the Cal League, giving up 12 HR in 71.1 innings and allowing a lot of runs. However he has been very consistent in one regard, his K:BB ratio. A fantastic start Thursday (7 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 0 HR, 1 BB, 9 K) pushed his ratio to 20:2 in his last three starts and 56:15 for the season. A promotion to Frisco and a reunion with Blake Beavan, his first round counterpart in the 2007 draft, can’t be too far off.

LHP Michael Kirkman, OKC - He’s shown flashes in a few of his starts, but Kirkman has struggled to maintain his control in Triple A, walking 38 in 65.1 innings. He turned that around in a June 3 start, striking out eight and walking just one, but allowing ten hits and seven runs in 4.2. Wednesday he put the rest of the puzzle together, completing seven innings and allowing just three hits and a walk while striking out nine. It was his fifth scoreless outing of the season but clearly the best.

LHP Beau Jones, Frisco - Still on fire since his activation: 14.1 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 0 HR, 1 BB, 20 K for the season
RHP Josh Lueke, Frisco - Has been hit a little (6 H, 3 ER, 2 HR in 7.2 IP) but 13:1 K:BB in Frisco, 49:6 overall
RHP Cody Eppley, Frisco - Third member of trio to succeed Tanner Scheppers’, Zach Phillips’ and Alexi Ogando’s dominance, not slowing down much in AA: 10.2 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 0 HR, 3 BB, 13 K, 8.5 GO:AO
OF David Paisano, Bakersfield - Rough May (575 OPS) but .450/.488/.525 in June, still not showing secondary offensive skills
RHP Neil Ramirez, Hickory - Mr. Hyde was back Thursday (3.2 IP, 6 ER) but still a reasonable 5:2 K:BB ratio
RHP Danny Gutierrez, Hickory - Suspension is over, debuted with an inning in Hickory Thursday, should be in Frisco quickly
OF Jared Prince, Hickory - Late pick in last year’s draft, college athlete is still doing well: .287/.374/.450
OF Cristian Santana, Hickory - Possibly the system’s biggest disappointment for the past two years, has decided that he wants to play this season as a hot June has moved him to .272/.340/.522 overall

One more note: Scheppers is scheduled to make his starting debut Sunday. The organization has successfully limited his innings to 30 for the season's first two months. That is three more than Rangers closer Neftali Feliz.

Rangers prospect update - Monday edition

May, 24, 2010
5/24/10
10:30
AM CT
RHP Pedro Strop, OKC - Strop has been overshadowed this spring by Alexi Ogando and Tanner Scheppers, particularly since the pair joined him in the Redhawks bullpen, but Strop has made a legitimate claim for a bullpen spot. His season line is 18.2 IP, 13 H, 1 HR, 5 BB, 20 K with a strong GB tendency, and in his last five appearances he is nearly perfect at 9 IP, 0 H, 1 BB, 8 K. He would still be third on my list if I am looking for an impact arm, but his stuff is electric, and he's currently pitching the best baseball of his career.

LHP Beau Jones, Frisco - The one piece of the Mark Teixeira trade return to not make a noticeable impact on the major league club, Jones has not lived up to his status as a supplemental first round pick by the Braves or his potential since entering the organization. He started this season in extended spring training, but since his activation this month he has seen Double-A success for the first time (8.0 IP, 3 H, 1 BB, 12 K, 1.13 ERA). Jones joins Zach Phillips and Ben Snyder as a potential left-handed middle relief option down the road.

RHP Jake Brigham, Bakersfield - Tabbed by observers during spring training as a likely breakout prospect in the Texas system, Brigham has not lived up to the hype. He hasn't been terrible (36:18 K:BB in 41.2 IP), particularly considering that he pitches in the California League, but previous breakout arms such as Derek Holland have shown that it is possible to have success in that league. Brigham had his worst start of the season Friday, allowing six earned on eight hits and four walks, striking out three in three innings.

LHP Robbie Erlin, Hickory - Erlin was one of the big “buzz” prospects in baseball last week after throwing five perfect innings in his first professional start. His encore was Sunday, and, while he didn’t match that level of dominance, he was still solid, lowering his season ERA to 0.30 and posting a typically impressive K:BB (6:0). Erlin is among the most dominating arms in the SAL and may - at age 19 - need to be promoted to see worthy competition.

LHP Robbie Ross, Hickory - After an excellent summer in Spokane, Ross entered 2010 already among the Rangers’ best pitching prospects. Another jump forward was expected by many, but he has seen the younger and less experienced Erlin trump his performance. That is not to say that Ross has been a disappointment, merely a bit inconsistent. One area where he has been consistent is in keeping the ball on the ground. Through nine starts (49.1 IP) his ground ball rate is 67%, and he has yet to allow a home run. His longest and best outing of the season came Saturday, when he completed seven innings and allowed just three hits and no walks.

RHP Joe Wieland, Hickory - Fourth straight solid start Friday: 7 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 0 HR, 1 BB, 6 K
OF Miguel Velazquez, Hickory - Pace has slowed (six for his last 36), might need to reestablish himself to be promoted...or might just be bored
3B Tommy Mendonca, Bakersfield - One of the biggest disappointments in the organization, the 2nd rounder has been terrible across the board: .212/.271/.288, 7:41 BB:SO, 0 HR.
RHP Josh Lueke, Frisco - Promoted straight to AA after dominating the SAL, struggled a bit in his first game Sunday, allowing three hits (including a HR) and a walk in one inning

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