Nelson Cruz sits atop this weeks
Heavy-hitter Nelson Cruz finds himself atop this week's Lone Star Dugout Prospect Hot List. Find out more about his performance, as well as who else made the cut in this week's ranking.
1. Nelson Cruz (RF, Oklahoma) – Cruz has been a force to be reckoned with in the Pacific Coast League over the last couple of weeks. The outfielder owns an other-worldly .500 average (19-for-38), 3 homeruns, and 16 RBI over his last ten games. On Monday, Cruz untied a 3-3 game with a grand slam as part of a 5 RBI night and also put together a 4-hit, three run driven in evening back on June 14th.
2. Ben Harrison (DH, Frisco) – One of Frisco’s six All-Star representatives, Harrison also has Texas League Player of the Week honors to place on his mantle. From June 16-22, he went 14-for-28 (.500) with two doubles, three homers and five RBIs. Harrison did the brunt of his damage in a four-game series with Midland, belting the poor Rockhounds with a .667 average and three homeruns.
3. Neftali Feliz (RHP, Clinton) – Just how unhittable has Neftali Feliz been this season? Last Monday, the righty held Kane County at bay with 10 strikeouts, just three hits, and no runs allowed over his six innings of work. One start before that, it was 11 strikeouts and one hit in 5.1 innings of work against Wisconsin. Over his last 11 starts, Feliz has an 0.93 ERA and has held opponents to a microscopic .173 average.
4. Mitch Moreland (RF, Clinton) – Clinton’s rightfielder doesn’t have a homer in his last 10 games, but does have six extra-base hits including two triples in a game against Beloit last Tuesday. Moreland’s bat has come alive as of late, hitting .406 (13-for-32) over the last 10 ballgames.
5. Marcus Lemon (SS, Bakersfield) – After a 5-for-5 evening on June 21st, Lemon saw his batting average rise above .300 for the first time this season. More importantly, he's now got a .421 on-base percentage, ranking him among the top three in the California League in that category. He’s been slugging the ball at a .444 clip (16-for-36) over his last 10 games.
6. Adam Fox (3B, Frisco) – Fox led the Roughriders into the All-Star break this past week by pacing the club with a three-hit, five RBI night en route during a 15-7 pounding of Corpus Christi. He’s the proud owner of a .368 average (14-for-38), two homeruns and 11 RBI over the past 10 affairs.
7. Renny Osuna (SS, Bakersfield) – Osuna’s .360 average as an L-King this season has paid off: This week, the shortstop earned a promotion to Bakersfeld. He brings with him an 18-game hit streak, hitting .397 (29-73) during that time frame. Perhaps the only blemish of his past two weeks of baseball came during the Midwest League All-Star Game, when the shortstop went 0-for-3 in the contest and failed to reach base.
8. Elvis Andrus (SS, Frisco) – Andrus has swung a hot bat for Frisco recently, batting .311 (14-for-45) over his last 10 ballgames. The shortstop joined in the fun of the 15-run outburst over Corpus last Monday, adding three hits of his own and driving in two runs for the Roughriders.
9. Eric Fry (OF, Spokane) – Fry has started his season with Class-A Spokane in an impressive way. The twenty-year old collected RBIs in four of his first five games, and owns a .333 average (10-for-30) eight games into the young Northwest League season.
10. Steven Murphy (OF, Frisco) – Murphy has performed well over his last 10 ballgames, compiling a .289 average (11-for-38) with a couple homeruns and six runs driven in. Still, if you were to ask him, he’d probably tell you the highlight of the past two weeks likely was cracking the go-ahead homerun in extra innings to give the South Division the lead in last Wednesday’s Double-A All-Star Game.
1. Carlos Dominguez (C, Clinton) – In a marginal amount of playing time, Clinton’s backup catcher has put up servicable numbers for the L-Kings. But Dominguez suffered through a night he’d soon like to forget earlier this week when he committed four errors and allowed two passed balls in an 8-5 loss to the Beloit Snappers.
2. Jason Ellison (CF, Oklahoma) – Ellison hasn’t been able to buy a hit lately. The centerfielder has just five of them over his last 39 at-bats, and owns a .128 average during this offensive outage.
3. Engel Beltre (CF, Clinton) – Clinton’s centerfielder has been in a swoon of late, hitting just .209 (9-for-43) over the last 10 games. Over that time, he’s also struck out 12 times.