August 2018

Hitting the Switch: An Interview with DeMarcus Evans

DeMarcus Evans, 25th round pick of the Texas Rangers, has found the proverbial magic bean on the mound. The native of Petal, Mississippi – a suburb on Hatttiesburg in the southeastern part of the state – struggled as a starter with Hickory in 2017 and wasn’t trusted with key game situations out of the bullpen in the early part of this year. In 15 outing in the first half, he pitched with lead in only three of them, and even those were games mostly in hand. Just once did he see a game that had a hold or save situation in the balance.

In the second half, Evans been as untouchable as anyone in the South Atlantic League. He has nine saves since the SAL all-star break – five in August – with a 0.66 ERA. Of the 100 hitters he’s faced in the second half, 56 have struck out. Just 18 have reached base. He went from non-descript “guy” to a player that should start showing up on some of the Rangers top-30 prospect lists over the winter.

I talked with Evans in July, but then the “day job” sidetracked me doing anything with this until now. Since the time of the interview, Evans was named the Rangers reliever of the month award in July. Barring a rough rinal 9 days of the month, he’s the odds-on favorite to win it again.

What’s different? The velocity on his fastball went from 91-92 to 95-96 at its beak. The curveball hits the strike zone with frequency and is nearly unhittable at this level. But for Evans, he admits that gaining trust in his own ability has been the biggest hurdle.

In the interview below, Evans talks through his struggles from 2017 and how he conquered some of the mechanical issues, as well as the mental ones.

 

Demarcus, well first of all, what switch did you find?

Evans: I just been learning to pitch in the bullpen. I have been starting the last 2 years, so I’ve been picking up stuff in the bullpen. I’ve been learning from (Tyler) Ferguson and (Josh) Advocate and all them. I been talking to them. They’ve been helping me out along the way from the first half to the second half.

In the second half, I still remember I was on the mound and skip (Crawdads manager Matt Hagen) came out there and was like “We’re going to need you the second half to come in situations like this to get out of it.”

I pitched against Kannapolis and I think Louis Robert hit a double off the wall and he got to third, and it was like one out. He came out there and talked to me and told me I need you second half. So, then I just start talking to Ferg and he been helping me out on my curve ball and I’ve been trusting myself a lot lately.

The curveball. Is that a new pitch for you? I don’t remember you throwing that.

Evans: No, I’ve been throwing that ever since. They think it’s a slider but its just hard. Because, I try to throw it as hard as I can like a fastball. It breaks like a curveball and sometimes it goes like a slider. Ferguson told me it’s like a breaking ball. It could go like a slider or a curveball.

Do you throw a slider much?

Evans: No.

Do you throw much of a change?

Evans: I threw one or two. I used to, but I didn’t have confidence in it, so I just banged it. So, I’ve just been throwing fast ball.

So, you’re pretty much a fastball and a curveball?

Evans: Yes, I have it, but I just haven’t used it. None of the teams have been on my fastball so I’ve been throwing my fastball and curveball.

So, I’m going to be honest with you. I see you come out – you’re at 91 – 92 – you’re a big guy and I’m thinking “He’s gotta throw harder” then all of a sudden 95 – 96. What have you found? What switch on that have you found?

Evans: I’ve been working out a lot harder and running a lot harder and I’ve been using my legs more. I used to just use my arm, but I’ve been staying back on my legs and driving and my velo’s been going up a lot.

Let me go back to the conversation Matt had with you. Was that after they found out (Alex) Speas wasn’t going to come back?

Evans: No, he was here. It was just my first year in the bullpen and so they’ve had been putting me in situations where it was easier for me to come in to get used to it. But then he said, “The training wheels are off and it’s going to be your situation the second half to make a push for the playoffs.”

I actually learned a lot from Speas, too, since he was in the bullpen.

What did you learn from Speas?

Evans: He’s quick, too. He’s just been trusting his stuff and just throwing and not thinking as much. I was just loving that.

I remember both you and Tyler (Phillips) were here last year and you both struggled. You came here when you were 20 and you were – don’t take this the wrong way – but you were still a baby. How much growing up did you do last year?

Evans: I had to do a lot. When I got sent down, I was going to throw out of the bullpen, but they said they still wanted me to start. This year, they said wanted me to go to the bullpen, and I was like, “Oh well.”

I figured out a little stuff at Spokane when I went back. That team was a lot better atmosphere for me with them, and we clicked a lot better. So, I learned stuff from people like Tyler (Phillips). Me and Tyler have been together since we were drafted. I guess I felt more comfortable. Here, I was stressing and trying to be perfect every time I went out.

What was the biggest thing you learned?

Evans: Honestly, everybody tells me, “DeMarcus, when you throw your fastball, nobody can hit it” and all this stuff. I just didn’t trust myself, as much. But now, I’m like, I can do it and I been learning to better myself by having more confidence and trusting my ability more.

Is the game much more mental than you thought it would be when you got into it?

Evans: It was. It’s a lot more mental, but I’m starting to block all of that out and focusing on a tunnel vision. It’s been working ever since.

You said you went back to Spokane and things began to click. What were some things that clicked for you?

Evans: Mechanic wise, staying behind the ball more. Getting out in front and let it come off the fingers.

Who are some guys, maybe more specific, and some of the things they said that helped you?

Evans: Joey Seaver – he’s not with us anymore, he’s with the Pirates. He had me do these drills every day where he’d set these cones behind me and they let me stay straight. He held my belt inside and it made me stay back on my back leg. I worked with (Crawdads pitching coach Jose) Jaimes a lot in spring training on up/down so I can keep my ear over my back shoulder and get out in front with it and use my legs more.

What is the biggest thing mentally that you figured out? I know you mentioned that you’d block things out, but that can be easier said than done. Some guys can do it a couple of times and things creep back in again.

Evans: Sometimes last year, when I was with Matt, I’d do bad walking a lot of guys. I’d get into the dugout and I’d get mad at myself and do stuff. Now, I’m just like, there’s nothing I can do about it except work harder. So now, if I do something bad, I’ll just flush it out, work harder and do better next time.

So, what do you do next time when have a bad outing? You’ve rolled lately, but it’s coming where something is going to happen.

Evans: I’ll just focus on what I need to work on. Like, I had a couple of breaking balls yesterday that I left up, so today I worked on breaking balls and tried to get out front with it. I’m keeping the same mind focus. If they’re going to hit me, they’re going to hit my best stuff, so I just let everything go. Because, I’ll usually hold something back and try to make perfect pitches sometimes. Now, I’m just like, “All right, throw everything. Don’t use max effort, but try to let the ball eat and see if they’re going to hit it or not.”

Petal, Mississippi. You’re 6-4, 240 now?

Evans: 265.

Why didn’t you play football?

Evans: I did, but

I gotta ask because you’re in the heart of SEC country.

Evans: I had a couple of offers for football, but my main focus is baseball.

Where did you get offers for football?

Evans: I had offers from two JUCOs. I had one from Pearl River and Jones County Community College, which was right down the street from me.

So, why did you decide baseball?

Evans: I thought it would be the best fit for me.

Why?

Evans: I think my heart was more with baseball than football because I was always around it since I was little.

What influenced you?

Evans: When I was growing up around two years old, my mom coached at this boys and girls club. So, it was around that time that I started to play baseball. Me and Ti’Quan (Forbes) grew up playing together. I was playing from the time I was two all the way to 16, 17 years old.

I really thought I wasn’t going to play baseball, because I got hurt in my ninth-grade year. It was something in my growth plate. Out of nowhere – I had to sit out three months – I was throwing like 88. I was like, “what in the world happened?” That was about it.

When did you get a sense that you might get to play professionally?

Evans: Actually, my 11th grade going into my 12th grade year. We had this thing where all the best players in the state of Mississippi played in a tournament. I tried out for it and I got home and this man called me. I was like, “Who is this?” It was a man from the Miami Marlins scout team. He said, “Do you want to come play for – you get a free month to come play for Perfect Game.” I had never heard of Perfect Game.

I pitched two innings and the Miami scouts were like, “Wow, that’s nice.” They said my fastball was kind of live. A lot of people were swinging and missing and stuff. So, I went down there, and I was pitching and everybody was swinging and striking out. I struck four batters out and I was like, “Wow, these guys have never heard of me.” I just kept going on and on and on. I had a lot of strikeouts. It was that way the whole summer and that’s when people started contacting me, calling my house, coming to my games.

Did you have offers to play baseball in college?

Evans: I had USM (Southern Mississippi), Tulane, every JUCO in the southern part – San Jacinto, Chipola. I had Alabama State, Jackson State.

Anything thoughts about playing and not signing?

Evans: I did sign. I dual committed. I was going to go to Hinds Community College, where Chad Bradford was the pitching coach. I was like, if I go anywhere to pitch, I’ll probably go there because he pitched in professional baseball and he’d probably give me a lot of good aspects of the game.

All of the sudden, I got drafted by Texas. I wasn’t going to go because they drafted me the third day. I was like, “No, I’m going to go to school.”

Why did you decide to come out?

Evans: I had a long talk with my agent. He was like, “If you want to play professional baseball, then go. It’s a better percentage if you go out of high school than out of college.” A lot of kids go into college and get hurt and stuff like that. So, my agent said, “If you want to go, then just go and you don’t have to worry about nothing. Just keep going and you don’t have to pay me until you get to the big leagues.”

Who’s been the biggest influence for you?

Evans: I’m very close, player wise, with C.D. (Pelham). I talk a lot with Keone Kela. Coaching wise, Jono Arnold, he’s the pitching coach at Spokane now.

Tell me about Keone Kela. He’s now a closer and eating it up.

Evans: We started hanging out last year. It was me, Ti’Quan and C.D. We all hang out with him and he’d always take us out to eat and stuff. He’d talk to us about the game and how we should play it. I’ve learned a lot from him.

He’d tell us, “You’ve got to go out there and change your mind focus. Don’t dwell on it, if you go out there and do bad. Just be ready to go next time, when they call your name.” I’d talk to him about how the bullpen works, because I’d never been in it. How to recover, because everybody’s different.

I don’t mean this in a bad way, but he has an attitude, doesn’t he? I don’t mean it in a negative, but it’s what you’ve got to have in the bullpen, I guess.

Evans: He’s a competitor.

Does that rub off on you?

Evans: Emotion wise, I don’t try to show as much. I get fired up, but I don’t try to show it.

You get a call to the major leagues, what does that mean to you and who’s the first person you call?

Evans: Ohhhh. That would mean a lot; that’s what I’m working for. The first person I’ll call will probably be my mom.

She was your first coach.

Evans: My mom coached me in everything from soccer, basketball, football, everything. She coached me from the sideline.

Was she an athlete?
Evans: She played basketball at JUCO.  (Pearl River CC).

What did she teach you as an athlete?

Evans: I used to have a lot of anger problems. She always told me, “You’ve got to go out there and give it all you’ve got because a lot of kids don’t get the chance to do it.” That’s just stuck with me ever since.

Did she have to get on you?

Evans: Yes, a lot.

More than other kids?

Evans: Um-hmm.

What was the biggest thing she’d get on you about?

Evans: I used to get mad if I’d strikeout, or if I’d walk a lot of people, I’d get mad all the time and throw stuff.

Series Preview: Lakewood BlueClaws at Hickory Crawdads August 10-13

Lakewood BlueClaws (Philadelphia Phillies) (72-43 overall, 31-15 second half, 1st SAL North) at Hickory Crawdads (Texas Rangers) (59-56 overall, 29-18 second half, 2nd SAL North)

The Crawdads continue their homestand with a four-game series against the BlueClaws

IF YOU PLAN TO GO:

 

WHERE IS IT?: Clement Blvd., 1 mile west of U.S. Hwy 321, near entrance to Hickory Airport.

 

IF YOU PLAN TO GO:

GAME TIMES: Friday and Saturday, 7 p.m. Sunday 5 p.m. Monday noon.

 

PROMOTIONS:

Friday – Post-game Fireworks, Super Hero Night

Saturday – App State Hat Giveaway (1st 500 fans), 90s Night, Catawba Science Center Night

Sunday – Church Bulletin Sunday

 

TICKETS: $9 dollars for regular seats, $14 for VIP section.

PARKING: All parking is $3.

CONCESSIONS: L.P. Frans Stadium has two main concession areas plus the Crawdads Café. The concession stands have your basic ballpark food: Hot dogs, burgers, chicken sandwich, BBQ, etc. Here is that menu http://www.milb.com/content/page.jsp?ymd=20130627&content_id=51970362&sid=t448&vkey=team4

The Crawdad Café has a menu that features more diverse items, including the Mac & Crawdog, Banana Foster Bites, Fried Pickles, Sloppy Burger, and more. Click here for the menu http://www.milb.com/documents/3/3/4/185907334/cafe_menu_6eeko6n2.pdf

 

 

PROBABLES (Kannapolis/ Hickory)

Friday: RHP Gustavo Armas vs. RHP Tyree Thompson

Saturday: RHP Andrew Brown vs. RHP Hans Crouse

Sunday: RHP Julian Garcia vs. RHP Noah Bremer

Monday: RHP Spencer Howard vs. RHP Tyler Phillips

 

Recent Series History:

Lakewood holds a 4-2 series lead in 2018 with all the games played in New Jersey. The majority of the games between the two clubs over the past 10 seasons have been played at the BlueClaws ballpark. During the stretch dating back to 2009, which is the start of the Crawdads affiliation with the Rangers, Lakewood is 51-46 overall. However, just 29 of the 97 games have been played at Hickory, where the Crawdads hold a 15-14 edge. This is the first series played by the teams at LP Frans since 2016, when the BlueClaws took 2 of 3.

 

Prospects to watch- Hickory (rankings are by MLB.com):

RHP Hans Crouse (No. 5): 2018 stats at Spokane: 8 games (8 starts), 38 IP, 25 H, 11 R (10 ER), 2 HR, 11 BB, 47 K, 2.37 ERA, .179 OBA, 0.95 WHIP. Second round pick of the Rangers in 2017 out of Dana Hills HS, Dana Point, Calif. Named to Northwest League/ Pioneer League All-Star Game this week. Making his first start with Hickory.

OF Bubba Thompson (No. 10): 2018 stats: .281/.336/.427, 14 2B, 4 3B, 5 HR, 18 BB, 75 K, 24 SB, 5 CS. This season vs. Lakewood: 2-for-22, 2B, 4 BB, 13 K. Last series vs. Kannapolis: 2-for-11, 2 BB 5 K, SB, CS. First-round pick of the Rangers in 2018 out of McGill-Toolen High, Mobile, AL. SAL Top-10 Rankings: 4th stolen bases.

RHP Tyler Phillips (No. 14): 2018 stats: 19 games (19 starts) 111 IP, 106 H, 39 R (36 ER), 3 HR, 3 HB, 12 BB, 111 K, 2.92 ERA, .247 OBA, 1.06 WHIP. This season vs. Lakewood: 2 starts, 12 IP, 20 H, 8 R (8 ER), HR, BB, 6 K. Last start vs. Kannapolis 8/7: 7 IP, 6 H, 13 K. In his last 29 starts stretching to 6/23/17 at Spokane 174.2 IP, 19 BB, 183 K. Sixteenth-round pick of the Rangers in 2016 out of Bishop Eustace HS, Pennsauken, N.J. Native of Lumberton N.J. SAL Top-10 Rankings: 1st walks-per-9-inning ratio among starters (0.97), T-2nd wins (9), 6th ERA 6th WHIP, 9th innings, 9th strikeouts, 10th hits allowed. Named to the SAL All-Star Game.

OF Pedro Gonzalez (No. 18) 2018 stats: .239/.305/.436, 16 2B, 5 3B, 12 HR, 28 BB, 101 K, 9 SB, 3 CS. This season vs. Lakewood: 4-for-18, 2B, BB, 6 K. Last series vs. Kannapolis: 3-for-9, BB, K. Obtained by the Rangers in 2017 from the Colorado Rockies for Jonathan Lucroy. Native of Santo Domingo, D.R.

RHP AJ Alexy (No. 19): 2018 stats: 17 games (15 starts), 84.2 IP, 74 H, 45 R (39 ER), 4 HR, 8 HB, 44 BB, 101 K, 4.15 ERA, .239 OBA, 1.41 WHIP. Not expected to pitch in this series. Last start vs. Kannapolis 8/9: 5.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R (2 ER), HR, 2 BB, 9 K. Joined the Rangers after a trade that sent Yu Darvish to the Dodgers in 7/17. Originally 11th round pick of Dodgers out of Twin Valley HS, Elverson, Pa. SAL Top-10 Rankings: 4th walks, 10th strikeouts, T-10th losses (7).

C Sam Huff (No. 22): 2018 stats: .244/.299/.452, 20 2B, 3B, 16 HR, 19 BB, 111 K, 7 SB. This season vs. Lakewood: 2-for-17, 2 BB, 6 K. Last series vs. Kannapolis: 1-for-8, HR, 2 K. Seventh round pick of Rangers in 2016 out of Arcadia HS (Phoenix, Ariz.). Named to the SAL All-Star Game. SAL Top-10 Rankings: 5th HR/ AB Ratio 1/21, T-6th HR.

RF Miguel Aparicio (No. 27): 2018 stats at Hickory: .222/.275/.383, 8 2B, 5 3B, 7 HR, 14 BB, 48 K, 3 SB, 5 CS. Has not faced Lakewood this season. Last series vs. Kannapolis: 2-for-7, 2B, 3 K, SB, CS. Signed with the Rangers as an international free agent in 2015. Native of San Carlos, Venezuela.

 

Others to watch – Hickory:

RHP Tyree Thompson: 19 games (16 starts), 89.2 IP, 95 H, 59 R, 46 ER, 13 HR, 5 HB, 33 BB, 55 K, 4.62 ERA, .274 OBA, 1.43 WHIP. This season vs. Lakewood: 2 starts, 10 IP, 10 H, 3 R (3 ER), 1 HR, 3 BB, 10 K. Last start at Hagerstown 8/4: 6 IP, 5 H, 3 R (3 ER), HR, HB, 2 BB, 4 K. Twenty-sixth round pick of the Rangers in 2016 out of Edna Karr HS, New Orleans. SAL Top-10 Rankings: T-4th losses (8), T-6th home runs allowed.

RHP Noah Bremer: 2018 stats: 13 games (13 starts), 62 IP, 73 H, 32 R (28 ER), 6 HR, 19 BB, 55 K, 4.06 ERA, .300 OBA, 1.48 WHIP. Has not faced Lakewood this season. Last start vs. at Hagerstown 8/5: 5 IP, 6 H, 2 R (2 ER), HR, 5 K. Sixth-round pick of the Rangers in 2017 out of the Univ. of Washington. Attended Berkeley (Calif.) HS.

RHP DeMarcus Evans: 2018 stats: 29 games, 6 saves, 45.2 IP, 27 H, 11 R (11 ER), 1 HR, 1 HB, 27 BB, 83 K, 2.17 ERA, .172 OBA, 1.18 WHIP. This season vs. Lakewood: 1 game, 1 IP, 2 BB, 2 K. Last game vs. Kannapolis 8/8: 2 IP, 4 K. Twenty-fifth round pick of the Rangers in 2015 out of Petal HS (MS).

RHP Joe Barlow: 2018 stats: 31 games, 6 saves, 51.1 IP, 19 H, 14 R (11 ER), 3 HR, 40 BB, 78 K, 1.93 ERA, .118 BA, 1.15 WHIP. This season vs. Lakewood: 1 games, 2 IP, 1 H, 3 BB, 2 K. Last game vs. Kannapolis 8/9: 1.1 IP, 1 BB, 2 K. Eleventh-round pick of the Rangers in 2016 out of Salt Lake CC. Attended Riverton (Utah) HS. SAL Top-10 Rankings: 1st OBA by relievers (.118), 2nd SAL among relievers Ks per 9 IP ratio (13.68), T-8th games, T-10th walks.

C Yohel Pozo: 2018 stats: .256/.312/.401, 21 2B, 1 3B, 9 HR, 26 BB, 43 K. This season vs. Lakewood: 4-for-22, HR, 2 BB, 6 K. Last series vs. Kannapolis: 3-for-7. Signed with the Rangers as an international free agent in 2013. A native of Maracaibo, Venezuela. Named to the SAL All-Star Game. SAL Top-10 Rankings: 2nd plate appearance to strikeout ratio (8.86).

IF Ryan Dorow: 2018 stats: .294/.359/.451, 22 2B, 3B, 10 HR, 29 BB, 91 K, 5 SB, 2 CS. This season vs. Lakewood: 2-for-17. 8 K. Last series vs. Kannapolis: 4-for-14, BB, 2 K. Thirtieth-round pick of the Rangers in 2017 out of Adrian College (MI). Attended South Haven (MI) HS. SAL Top-10 Rankings: 6th batting avg., 10th OPS.

2B-SS Yonny Hernandez: 2018 stats (Hickory only): .254/.363/.324, 8 2B, 3 3B, 2 HR, 45 BB, 49 K, 31 SB, 8 CS. This season vs. Lakewood: 2-for-13, 3 BB, 2 K, 2 SB. Last series vs. Kannapolis: 4-for-14, BB, CS. Signed with the Rangers as an international free agent in 2014. Native of Maturin, Venezuela. SAL Top-10 Rankings: 1st sacrifice bunts (13), 2nd stolen bases, 5th walks, T-6th CS, 7th OBP.

1B Tyreque Reed: 2018 stats: .267/.338/.485, 22 2B, 12 HR, 24 BB, 82 K, SB. This season vs. Lakewood: 3-for-14, 2B, HR, BB, 6 K. Last series vs. Kannapolis: 3-for-12, HR, 2 BB, K. Eighth-round pick of the Rangers in 2017 out of Itawamba (MS) CC. Attended Haulka (MS) HS.

 

Prospects to watch-Lakewood (rankings by MLB.com):

RF Jhailyn Ortiz (No. 7): 2018 stats: .220/ .281/.363, 14 2B, 11 HR, 24 BB, 117 K, 2 SB, 2 CS. This season vs. Hickory: 6-for-23, HR, 2 BB, 9 K. Last series at Charleston: 3-for-10, BB, K. Signed with the Phillies as an international free agent in 2015. Native of Jarabacoa, D.R. SAL Top-10 Rankings: T-9th strikeouts

RHP Spencer Howard (No. 19): 2018 stats: 19 games (19 starts), 91 IP, 79 H, 45 R (41 ER), 6 HR, 36 BB, 116 K, 4.05 ERA, .231 OBA, 1.26 WHIP. This season vs. Hickory: 2 starts, 10 IP, 11 H, 7 R (7 ER), 4 BB, 13 K. Last start at Charleston 8/7: 6 IP, 4 H, 2 BB, 6 K. Second-round pick of the Phillies in 2017 out of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Attended Templeton (CA) HS SAL Top-10 Rankings: 6th strikeouts, T-9th wins (7), T-10th losses (7)

SS Nick Maton (No. 30): 2018 stats: .268/.334/.424, 25 2B, 5 3B, 6 HR, 33 BB, 84 K, 4 SB, 3 CS. This season vs. Hickory: 4-for-15, 3 BB, 3 K, SB, CS. Last series at Charleston: 1-for-7, 2 K. Seventh-round pick of the Phillies in 2017 out of Glenwood HS, Chatham, Ill. SAL Top-10 Rankings: T-5th doubles.

Others to watch-Lakewood:

RHP Andrew Brown: 2018 stats at Lakewood: 10 games (6 starts), 44 IP, 30 H, 12 R (10 ER), 1 HR, 2 HB, 7 BB, 39 K, 2.05 ERA, .192 OBA, 0.84 WHIP. This season vs. Hickory : 1 game 2 IP, 3 K. Last start vs. Lexington 8/4: 7 IP, 3 H, 2 R (2 ER), 1 HR, 1 HB, 1 BB, 6 K. Thirteenth-round pick of the Phillies in 2016 out of Granite Hills (CA) HS.

RHP Gustavo Armas: 2018 stats (at Lakewood): 4 games (4 starts), 27 IP, 20 H, 6 R (6 ER), 3 HR, 4 BB, 24 K, 2.00 ERA, .206 OBA, 0.89 WHIP. Has not faced Hickory this season. Last start vs. Lexington 8/4: 7 IP, 5 H, 6 K. Signed with the Phillies as an international free agent in 2013. Native of Playa Iguana, Venezuela.

RHP Julian Garcia: 2018 stats: 24 games (4 starts), 54 IP, 46 H, 19 R (17 ER), 1 HR, 2 HB, 19 BB, 62 K, 2.83 ERA, .236 OBA, 1.20 WHIP. This season vs. Hickory: 1 game, 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R (0 ER), 1 K. Last start vs. Lexington 8/5: 6 IP, 4 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 HB, 1 BB, 4 K. Tenth-round pick of the Phillies in 2016 out of Metro State Univ. of Denver. Attended Fossil Ridge HS in Ft. Collins, Colorado.

LHP Zach Warren: 2018 stats: 31 games, 10 saves, 46.2 IP, 28 H, 14 R (12 ER), 2 HR, 3 HB, 24 BB, 76 K, 2.31 ERA, .177 OBA, 1.11 WHIP. This season vs. Hickory: 1 game, 2 IP, 3 H, 3 R (3 ER), 1 HR, 2 BB, 3 K. Last game at Charleston 8/7: 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 2 K. Fourteenth-round pick of the Phillies in 2017 out of the Univ. of Tennessee. Attended St. Augustine Prep in Vineland NJ. SAL Top-10 Rankings: 1st SAL among relievers Ks per 9 IP ratio (14.66), 2nd OBA by relievers (.177), T-4th saves, T-8th games pitched.

IF-OF Jake Scheiner: 2018 stats: .292/.358/.465, 26 2B, 4 3B, 11 HR, 37 BB, 71 K, 9 SB, 5 CS. This season vs. Hickory: 6-for-24, 2B, HR, 2 BB, 4 K, SB. Last series at Charleston: 3-for-11, 2B, 3B, 2 K, SB. Fourth-round pick of the Phillies in 2017 out of the Univ. of Houston. Attended Maria Carrillo HS in Santa Rosa, CA. SAL Top-10 Rankings: 4th doubles, 5th hits, 7th OPS, T-7th RBI, 8th OBP, 9th batting avg., T-10th at bats.

1B-3B Madison Stokes: 2018 stats overall: .327/.422/.482, 10 2B, 2 3B, 1 HR, 16 BB, 24 K, SB, CS. Last series at Charleston: 2-for-9, 2 K. Tenth-round pick of the Phillies in 2018 out of the Univ. of South Carolina. Attended AC Flora HS in Columbia, SC. Called up to Lakewood on 8/3.

OF Matt Vierling: 2018 stats (at Lakewood): .283/.320/.425, 10 2B, 2 HR, 5 BB, 27 K, 3 SB, 2 CS.  Has not faced Hickory this season. Last series at Charleston: 2-for-8, 2 K. Fifth-round pick of the Phillies in 2018 out of Notre Dame. Attended Christian Brothers College HS in St. Louis.

Series Preview: Kannapolis Intimidators at Hickory Crawdads August 7-9

Kannapolis Intimidators (Chicago White Sox) (62-46 overall, 23-18 second half, 3rd SAL North) at Hickory Crawdads (Texas Rangers) (55-56 overall, 25-18 second half, 2nd SAL North)

The Crawdads take a short road trip for a four-game series at Hagerstown’s Municipal Stadium.

 

IF YOU PLAN TO GO:

WHERE IS IT?: Clement Blvd., 1 mile west of U.S. Hwy 321, near entrance to Hickory Airport.

GAME TIMES: Tuesday, 7 p.m. Wednesday, 5 p.m. (Doubleheader), Thursday, 7 p.m.

 

PROMOTIONS:

Tuesday – Local Heroes Week, Dollar Dog Day

Wednesday – Local Heroes Week, Purr in the Park

Thursday – Local Heroes Week, Battle of the Bags, Cornhole Tournament

 

TICKETS: $9 dollars for regular seats, $14 for VIP section.

PARKING: All parking is $3.

CONCESSIONS: L.P. Frans Stadium has two main concession areas plus the Crawdads Café. The concession stands have your basic ballpark food: Hot dogs, burgers, chicken sandwich, BBQ, etc. Here is that menu http://www.milb.com/content/page.jsp?ymd=20130627&content_id=51970362&sid=t448&vkey=team4

The Crawdad Café has a menu that features more diverse items, including the Mac & Crawdog, Banana Foster Bites, Fried Pickles, Sloppy Burger, and more. Click here for the menu http://www.milb.com/documents/3/3/4/185907334/cafe_menu_6eeko6n2.pdf

 

PROBABLES (Kannapolis/ Hickory)

Tuesday: RHP Drew Harrington vs. RHP Tyler Phillips

Wednesday: LHP Parker Rigler/ RHP Jhoan Quijada vs. RHP Reid Anderson/ RHP Alex Eubanks

Thursday: TBD vs. RHP AJ Alexy

 

Recent Series History:

The teams are 8-8 this season with Hickory 5-2 at home. The Crawdads have taken 6 of the last 9 games. Since 2009 – the start of the Crawdads-Rangers affiliation, Hickory is 104-71 overall, 50-32 at home. The Intimidators are looking for the first season-series win vs. Hickory since 2010 (9-7).

 

Prospects to watch- Hickory (rankings are by MLB.com):

OF Bubba Thompson (No. 10): 2018 stats: .283/.335/.434, 14 2B, 4 3B, 5 HR, 16 BB, 70 K, 23 SB, 4 CS. This season vs. Kannapolis: 13-for-42, 3 3B, 3 BB, 11 K, 5 SB. Last series at Hagerstown: 1-for-7, 2B, 2 K. Had 15 steals in July. First-round pick of the Rangers in 2018 out of McGill-Toolen High, Mobile, AL. SAL Top-10 Rankings: 4th stolen bases.

RHP Tyler Phillips (No. 14): 2018 stats: 18 games (18 starts) 104 IP, 100 H, 39 R (36 ER), 3 HR, 3 HB, 12 BB, 98 K, 3.12 ERA, .248 OBA, 1.08 WHIP. This season vs. Kannapolis: 1 start, 5 IP, 6 H, 6 R (1 ER), 5 K. Last start 7/29 at Greensboro: 5 IP, 3 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 7 K. In his last 29 starts stretching to 6/23/17 at Spokane 167.2 IP, 19 BB, 171 K. Sixteenth-round pick of the Rangers in 2016 out of Bishop Eustace HS, Pennsauken, N.J. Native of Lumberton N.J. SAL Top-10 Rankings: 1st walks-per-9-inning ratio among starters (1.04), T-3rd wins (8), 7th WHIP, 9th ERA. Named to the SAL All-Star Game.

OF Pedro Gonzalez (No. 18) 2018 stats: .236/.302/.430, 16 2B, 5 3B, 11 HR, 27 BB, 101 K, 9 SB, 3 CS. This season vs. Kannapolis: 12-for-44, 5 2B, 4 HR, 10 R, 14 RBI, 8 BB, 17 K, SB, CS. Last series at Hagerstown: 1-for-11, 3 BB, 4 K. Obtained by the Rangers in 2017 from the Colorado Rockies for Jonathan Lucroy. Native of Santo Domingo, D.R.

RHP AJ Alexy (No. 19): 2018 stats: 17 games (15 starts), 84.2 IP, 74 H, 45 R (39 ER), 4 HR, 8 HB, 44 BB, 101 K, 4.15 ERA, .239 OBA, 1.41 WHIP. This season vs. Kannapolis: 4 starts, 23.2 IP, 11 R, 2 R (2 ER), 2 HB, 8 BB, 23 K. Last start vs. Charleston 8/1: 5 IP, 4 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 7 K. Joined the Rangers after a trade that sent Yu Darvish to the Dodgers in 7/17. Originally 11th round pick of Dodgers out of Twin Valley HS, Elverson, Pa. SAL Top-10 Rankings: T-4th walks, 9th strikeouts, T-9th losses (7), T-10th hit batters,

C Sam Huff (No. 22): 2018 stats: .247/.303/.451, 20 2B, 3B, 15 HR, 19 BB, 109 K, 7 SB. This season vs. Kannapolis: 10-for-48, 3 2B, 2 HR, 4 BB, 14 K, 3 SB. Last series at Hagerstown: 2-for-14, 2B, 2 K. Seventh round pick of Rangers in 2016 out of Arcadia HS (Phoenix, Ariz.). Named to the SAL All-Star Game. SAL Top-10 Rankings: 5th HR/ AB Ratio 1/20.93, T-6th HR, 10th slugging pct.

RF Miguel Aparicio (No. 27): 2018 stats at Hickory: .220/.272/.382, 7 2B, 5 3B, 7 HR, 14 BB, 45 K, 2 SB, 4 CS. This season vs. Kannapolis: 8-for-30, 2 3B, HR, BB, 7 K, SB. Last series at Hagerstown: 2-for-8, 3B, BB, K. Named SAL hitter of the week July 9-15. Signed with the Rangers as an international free agent in 2015. Native of San Carlos, Venezuela.

 

Others to watch – Hickory:

RHP Reid Anderson: 2018 stats: 18 games (15 starts), 87.1 IP, 77 H, 43 R (33 ER), 1 HR, 4 HB, 22 BB, 75 K, 3.40 ERA, .235 OBA, 1.13 WHIP. This season vs. Kannapolis: 2 starts, 11.2 IP, 13 H, 7 R (4 ER), 2 BB, 14 K. Last start 7/31 vs. Charleston: 7 IP, 4 H, 3 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 5 K. Seventeenth-round pick of the Rangers in 2016 out of Millersville (Pa.) Univ. Attended New Egypt (N.J.) HS.

RHP Alex Eubanks: 2018 stats: 19 games (15 starts), 89.1 IP, 113 H, 67 R (64 ER), 12 HR, 5 HB, 27 BB, 85 K, 6.45 ERA, .310 OBA, 1.57 WHIP. This season vs. Kannapolis: 4 games (3 starts), 17 IP, 28 H, 15 R (13 ER), 3 HR, 2 HB, 7 BB, 19 K. Fourteenth-round pick of the Rangers in 2017 out of Clemson. Attended Byrnes High in Moore, S.C. SAL Top-10 Rankings: 3rd runs allowed, 3rd earned runs allowed, 6th hits allowed, T-8th home runs allowed,

RHP DeMarcus Evans: 2018 stats: 28 games, 5 saves, 43.2 IP, 27 H, 11 R (11 ER), 1 HR, 1 HB, 27 BB, 79 K, 2.27 ERA, .179 OBA, 1.24 WHIP. This season vs. Kannapolis: 5 games, 7.2 IP, 8 H, 4 R (4 ER), 7 BB, 11 K. Last game at Hagerstown 8/4: 1 IP, 2 H, 1 K. Twenty-fifth round pick of the Rangers in 2015 out of Petal HS (MS).

RHP Joe Barlow: 2018 stats: 30 games, 5 saves, 50 IP, 19 H, 14 R (11 ER), 3 HR, 39 BB, 76 K, 1.98 ERA, .121 BA, 1.16 WHIP. This season vs. Kannapolis: 5 games, 1 save, 7.2 IP, 4 H, 4 R (2 ER), 6 BB, 12 K. Last game at Hagerstown 8/5: 2 IP, 1 H, 2 K. Eleventh-round pick of the Rangers in 2016 out of Salt Lake CC. Attended Riverton (Utah) HS. SAL Top-10 Rankings: 1st OBA by relievers (.121), 2nd SAL among relievers Ks per 9 IP ratio (13.68), T-9th games, T-10th walks.

C Yohel Pozo: 2018 stats: .253/.309/.397, 20 2B, 1 3B, 9 HR, 26 BB, 43 K. This season vs. Kannapolis: 14-for-51, 4 2B, 2 HR, 5 BB, 6 K. Last series at Hagerstown: 4-for-12, 2B. Signed with the Rangers as an international free agent in 2013. A native of Maracaibo, Venezuela. Named to the SAL All-Star Game. SAL Top-10 Rankings: 3rd plate appearance to strikeout ratio (8.65).

IF Ryan Dorow: 2018 stats: .293/.358/.453, 21 2B, 3B, 10 HR, 27 BB, 88 K, 5 SB, 2 CS. This season vs. Kannapolis: 10-for-43, 3 2B, HR, 3 BB, 8 K. Last series at Hagerstown: 3-for-12, 3 2B, BB, 3 K. Thirtieth-round pick of the Rangers in 2017 out of Adrian College (MI). Attended South Haven (MI) HS. SAL Top-10 Rankings: 7th batting avg., 10th OPS.

2B-SS Yonny Hernandez: 2018 stats (Hickory only): .253/.364/.326, 8 2B, 3 3B, 2 HR, 44 BB, 49 K, 31 SB, 8 CS. This season vs. Kannapolis: 10-for-33, 2 2B, 7 BB, 5 K, 5 SB, 2 CS. Last series at Hagerstown: 2-for-8, 2 K. Signed with the Rangers as an international free agent in 2014. Native of Maturin, Venezuela. SAL Top-10 Rankings: 1st sacrifice bunts (13), 2nd stolen bases, 5th walks, 7th OBP, 10th CS.

1B Tyreque Reed: 2018 stats: .268/.337/.484, 22 2B, 11 HR, 22 BB, 81 K, SB. This season vs. Kannapolis: 9-for-43, 3 2B, 3 HR, 3 BB, 16 K. Last series at Hagerstown: 7-for-13, 4 2B, HR, BB, 2 K. Eighth-round pick of the Rangers in 2017 out of Itawamba (MS) CC. Attended Haulka (MS) HS.

 

Prospects to watch-Kannapolis (rankings by MLB.com):

CF Steele Walker (No. 12): 2018 stats (combined at AZL White Sox, Great Falls and Kannapolis): 13-for-55, 2B, 2 HR, 3 BB, 9 K, SB, CS. Last series at Greensboro: 1-for-10, BB, K. Second-round pick of the White Sox in 2018 out of the Univ. of Oklahoma. Attended Prosper (TX) HS. Called up to Kannapolis 8/2.

3B Luis Curbelo (No. 27): 2018 stats: .242/.291/.360. 15 2B, 2 3B, 2 HR, 13 BB, 53 K. This season vs. Hickory: 10-for-35, 3 2B, 3 BB, 8 K. Last series vs. Greensboro: 2-for-12, 2B, 5 K. Sixth-round pick of the White Sox in 2016 out of Cocoa (HS), FL. Born in Carolina, P.R.

 

Others to watch-Kannapolis:

LHP Drew Harrington: 2018 stats (Kannapolis only): 8 games (6 starts), 1 save, 40.1 IP, 32 H, 11 R (11 ER), HR, 4 HB, 9 BB, 26 K, 2.45 ERA, .222 OBA, 1.02 WHIP. This season vs. Hickory (with Kannapolis only): 1 start, 6 IP, 5 H, 3 R (3 ER), 1 HR, 4 K. Last start at Augusta 7/30: 5 IP, 4 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 HB, 2 BB, 4 K. Signed a free-agent contract with the White Sox on June 18. Released by the Atlanta Braves on June 9. Originally a third-round pick of the Braves in 2016 out of the Univ. of Louisville. Attended Central Hardin HS, Cecilia, KY. SAL Top-10 Rankings: T-6th hit batters, T-8th wins (7).

RHP Jhoan Quijada: 2018 stats: 14 games (6 starts), 56.2 IP, 61 H, 35 R (30 ER), 7 HR, 2 HB, 15 BB, 29 K, 4.75 ERA, .276 OBA, 1.34 WHIP. This season vs. Hickory: 2 games (1 start) 4.1 IP, 7 H, 10 R (9 ER), 3 HR, 4 BB, 4 K. Last game vs. Greensboro 8/4: 2.2 IP, 2 H, 1 BB. Signed as an international free agent with the White Sox in 2012.

LHP Parker Rigler: 2018 stats: 21 games (21 starts), 111.2 IP, 101 H, 60 R (54 ER), 8 HR, 7 HB, 50 BB, 94 K, 4.35 ERA, .245 OBA, 1.35 WHIP. This season vs. Hickory: 4 starts, 19.1 IP, 20 H, 15 R (14 ER), 3 HR, HB, 12 BB, 21 K. Last start at Augusta 8/1: 6.1 IP, 5 H, 4 R (4 ER), 5 BB, 1 K. Thirty-first-round pick of the White Sox in 2017 out of Kansas State. Attended Edmond (Okla.) Memorial HS. SAL Top-10 Rankings: T-1st starts, 2nd walks, 5th earned runs allowed, T-7th innings, T-8th runs allowed.

RHP Jake Elliott: 2018 stats: 26 games, 1 start, 2 saves, 57 IP, 49 H, 25 R (22 ER), 6 HR, 3 HB, 13 BB, 66 K, 3.47 ERA, .233 OBA, 1.09 WHIP. This season vs. Hickory: 4 games, 1 save, 9 IP, 10 H, 8 R (8 ER), 3 HR, 1 HB, 4 BB, 8 K. Last game at Augusta 7/30: 2.1 IP, 2 H, BB, 3 K. Fifteenth-round pick of the White Sox in 2016 out of the Univ. of Oklahoma. Attended Coppell (Tex.) HS. Named to SAL All-Star Game.

2B Tate Blackman: 2018 stats: .254/.358/.403, 16 2B, 2 3B, 11 HR, 52 BB, 117 K, 3 SB, 5 CS. This season vs. Hickory: 10-for-56, 2B, 3B, HR, 8 BB, 23 K, 1 CS. Last series vs. Greensboro: 2-for-9, 3B, 3 BB, 4 K. Thirteenth-round pick of the White Sox in 2017 out of Ole Miss. Attended Lake Brantley HS (Altamonte Springs, Fla.) Named to SAL All-Star Game. SAL Top-10 Rankings: 2nd walks, T-4th games, 8th strikeouts,

LF Craig Dedalow: 2018 stats: .259/.309/.427, 28 2B, 6 3B, 9 HR, 24 BB, 92 K, SB, 2 CS. This season vs. Hickory: 18-for-65, 6 2B, 3B, HR, 2 BB, 21 K, CS. Last series vs. Greensboro: 2-for-10, 2 2B, 2 BB, 5 K. Ninth-round pick of the White Sox in 2017 out Indiana Univ. Attended Munster (Ind.) HS. Named to SAL All-Star Game. SAL Top-10 Rankings: 3rd doubles, T-4th games, 4th at-bats, T-5th RBI, T-7th triples 8th hits, 10th total bases.

RF Tyler Frost: 2018 stats: .232/.309/.448, 15 2B, 3 3B, 15 HR, 31 BB,10 K. This season vs. Hickory: 7-for-40, 2B, 3B, 2 HR, 3 BB, 13 K. Last series vs. Greensboro: 2-for-8, HR, K. Fifteenth-round pick of the White Sox in 2017 out of Gonzaga Univ. (College teammate with Hickory’s Justin Jacobs.) Attended Greenway HS in Phoenix, AZ. SAL Top-10 Rankings: T-6th HR

C Evan Skoug: 2018 stats: .204/.299/.325, 10 2B, 2 3B, 5 HR, 33 BB, 79 K. This season vs. Hickory: 14-for-37, 2 2B, HR, 9 BB, 7 K, 2 SB. Last series vs. Greensboro: 0-for-2, BB, K. Seventh-round draft pick of the White Sox in 2017 out of Texas Christian Univ. Native of Libertyville, Ill. Big 12 Co-player of the year in 2017. First-team All-American.

1B Justin Yurchak: 2018 stats: .257/.351/.332, 16 2B, 3B, HR, 41 BB, 50 K. This season vs. Hickory: 17-for-47, 5 2B, 3B, 10 RBI, 8 BB, 9 K. Last series vs. Greensboro: 1-for-6, BB, 2 K. Twelfth-round pick of the White Sox in 2017 out of Binghamton (N.Y.) Univ. Attended Shenendehowa HS in his native Clifton Park, N.Y. Played at Wake Forest his freshman season. SAL Top-10 Rankings: T-7th walks.

 

Series Preview: Hickory Crawdads at Hagerstown Suns August 2-5

Hickory Crawdads (Texas Rangers) (53-54 overall, 23-16 second half, 2nd SAL North) at Hagerstown Suns (Washington Nationals) (14-23, 41-64, 7th SAL North)

The Crawdads take a short road trip for a four-game series at Hagerstown’s Municipal Stadium.

IF YOU PLAN TO GO:

WHERE IS IT?: 274 East Memorial Blvd., Hagerstown. From I-81, take exit 6A (US 40 East) through downtown Hagerstown. Turn right at Cleveland Ave.

 

GAME TIMES: Thursday and Friday 7:05 p.m., Saturday 6:05 p.m., Sunday 2:05 p.m.

 

TICKETS: $12 Reserved, $10 Grandstand, $9 General Admission

 

PARKING: Free parking available at the stadium.

 

PROMOTIONS:

Thursday – Thirsty Thursday

Friday – Post-game Fireworks/ 80s Night

Saturday – Jim Palmer Bobblehead Giveaway (First 1,000 fans)

Sunday – Candy Drop

 

CONCESSIONS: Municipal Stadium has standard ballpark fare (Burgers, hot dogs, pizza, funnel cakes, etc.) There is also a beer garden down the left field line.

 

PROBABLES (Hickory/ Hagerstown)

Thursday: RHP Tyree Thompson or RHP Jean Casanova vs. RHP Jackson Tetreault

Friday: RHP Tyler Thomas vs. RHP Malvin Pena

Saturday: Tyler Phillips vs. RHP Brigham Hill

Sunday: RHP Noah Bremer vs. RHP Tomas Alastre

 

Recent Series History:

The Crawdads won the only two games played between the two teams this season during a rain-shortened series in May at Hagerstown. The Suns have not made a trip to Hickory since 2016 and this is only the third series overall between the division rivals over the past two seasons. The teams split a four-game series in 2017. Since 2009, which is the start of the Crawdads-Rangers affiliation, the teams are 46-46 overall, with Hickory holding a 31-24 margin at Municipal Stadium.

 

Prospects to watch- Hickory (rankings are by MLB.com):

OF Bubba Thompson (No. 10): 2018 stats: .287/.340/.439, 13 2B, 4 3B, 5 HR, 16 BB, 68 K, 23 SB, 4 CS. Last series vs. Charleston: 2-for-8, 2B, HR, 2 K. Has hits in 24 of his last 27 games. Had 15 steals in July. First-round pick of the Rangers in 2018 out of McGill-Toolen High, Mobile, AL. SAL Top-10 Rankings: T-3rd stolen bases.

RHP Tyler Phillips (No. 14): 2018 stats: 18 games (18 starts) 104 IP, 100 H, 39 R (36 ER), 3 HR, 3 HB, 12 BB, 98 K, 3.12 ERA, .248 OBA, 1.08 WHIP. Last start 7/29 at Greensboro: 5 IP, 3 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 7 K. In his last 29 starts stretching to 6/23/17 at Spokane 167.2 IP, 19 BB, 171 K. Sixteenth-round pick of the Rangers in 2016 out of Bishop Eustace HS, Pennsauken, N.J. Native of Lumberton N.J. SAL Top-10 Rankings: 1st walks-per-9-inning ratio among starters (1.04), T-3rd wins (8), 7th WHIP, 9th ERA, 10th innings. Named to the SAL All-Star Game.

OF Pedro Gonzalez (No. 18) 2018 stats: .241/.302/.442, 16 2B, 5 3B, 11 HR, 24 BB, 97 K, 8 SB, 3 CS. Last series vs. Charleston: 3-for-8, HR, 2 K. Obtained by the Rangers in 2017 from the Colorado Rockies for Jonathan Lucroy. Native of Santo Domingo, D.R.

RHP AJ Alexy (No. 19): 2018 stats: 17 games (15 starts), 84.2 IP, 74 H, 45 R (39 ER), 4 HR, 8 HB, 44 BB, 101 K, 4.15 ERA, .239 OBA, 1.41 WHIP. Last start vs. Charleston 8/1: 5 IP, 4 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 7 K. Joined the Rangers after a trade that sent Yu Darvish to the Dodgers in 7/17. Originally 11th round pick of Dodgers out of Twin Valley HS, Elverson, Pa. SAL Top-10 Rankings: T-4th walks, T-8th hit batters, 9th strikeouts, T-9th losses (7).

C Sam Huff (No. 22): 2018 stats: .252/.309/.462, 19 2B, 3B, 15 HR, 19 BB, 103 K, 7 SB. Last series vs. Charleston: 4-for-11, 2 HR, 5 K. Seventh round pick of Rangers in 2016 out of Arcadia HS (Phoenix, Ariz.). Named to the SAL All-Star Game. SAL Top-10 Rankings: 5th HR/ AB Ratio 1/20.93, T-6th HR, 10th slugging pct.

RF Miguel Aparicio (No. 27): 2018 stats at Hickory: .219/.269/.377, 7 2B, 4 3B, 7 HR, 13 BB, 42 K, 1 SB, 4 CS. Last series Charleston: 1-for-6, 2 K. Named SAL hitter of the week July 9-15. Signed with the Rangers as an international free agent in 2015. Native of San Carlos, Venezuela.

 

Others to watch – Hickory:

RHP Tyree Thompson: 18 games (15 starts), 83.1 IP, 90 H, 56 R, 43 ER, 12 HR, 4 HB, 31 BB, 51 K, 4.63 ERA, .276 OBA, 1.45 WHIP. Last start at Greensboro 7/27: 6.1 IP, 5 H, 3 R (2 ER), HR, 2 BB, 5 K. Twenty-sixth round pick of the Rangers in 2016 out of Edna Karr HS, New Orleans. SAL Top-10 Rankings: T-3rd losses (8), T-6th home runs allowed, T-10th runs allowed.

RHP Jean Casanova: 2018 stats: 21 games (7 starts), 57 IP, 59 H, 25 R (21 ER), 8 HR, 2 HB, 22 BB, 39 K, 3.32 ERA, .269 OBA, 1.42 WHIP. Last game at Greensboro 7/27: 1.2 IP, 1 H. 1 K. Thirty-fifth round pick of the Rangers in 2016 out of Waukegan (Ill.) HS. Born in the Dominican Republic.

RHP Tyler Thomas: 2018 stats (overall): 17 games (16 starts), 83 IP, 64 H, 36 R (29 ER), 7 HR, 4 HB, 16 BB, 90 K, 3.14 ERA, .209 OBA, 0.96 WHIP. Last game 7/28 at Greensboro: 4 IP, 6 H, 5 R (5 ER), 2 HR, BB, 6 K. Acquired by the Rangers from the Chicago Cubs on July 19 in a trade for Jesse Chavez. Originally the seventh-round pick of the Chicago Cubs out of Fresno St. Attended Mira Mesa HS in San Diego.

RHP Noah Bremer: 2018 stats: 12 games (12 starts), 57 IP, 67 H, 30 R (26 ER), 5 HR, 19 BB, 50 K, 4.11 ERA, .300 OBA, 1.51 WHIP. Last start vs. Charleston 7/30: 6.2 IP, 9 H, 1 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 3 K. Sixth-round pick of the Rangers in 2017 out of the Univ. of Washington. Attended Berkeley (Calif.) HS.

RHP DeMarcus Evans: 2018 stats: 27 games, 4 saves, 42.2 IP, 25 H, 11 R (11 ER), 1 HR, 1 HB, 27 BB, 78 K, 2.32 ERA, .171 OBA, 1.22 WHIP. Last game vs. Charleston 7/31: 2 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 4 K. Twenty-fifth round pick of the Rangers in 2015 out of Petal HS (MS). SAL Top-10 Rankings: 1st K-per-9 innings ratio among relievers (16.45), 2nd lowest OBA among relievers (.171).

RHP Joe Barlow: 2018 stats: 29 games, 4 saves, 48 IP, 18 H, 14 R (11 ER), 3 HR, 39 BB, 74 K, 2.06 ERA, .120 BA, 1.19 WHIP. Last game vs. Charleston 8/1: 2 IP, 1 H, 4 K. Eleventh-round pick of the Rangers in 2016 out of Salt Lake CC. Attended Riverton (Utah) HS. SAL Top-10 Rankings: 1st OBA by relievers (.120), 2nd SAL among relievers Ks per 9 IP ratio (13.88), 9th walks, T-9th games.

C Yohel Pozo: 2018 stats: .250/.306/.396, 19 2B, 1 3B, 9 HR, 26 BB, 43 K. Last series vs. Charleston: 2-for-8, 2B, 5 BB, 1 K. Signed with the Rangers as an international free agent in 2013. A native of Maracaibo, Venezuela. Named to the SAL All-Star Game. SAL Top-10 Rankings: 4th plate appearance to strikeout ratio (8.35).

IF Ryan Dorow: 2018 stats: .295/.359/.451, 18 2B, 3B, 10 HR, 26 BB, 85 K, 5 SB, 2 CS. Last series vs. Charleston: 3-for-7, 2 2B, BB, 2 K. Thirtieth-round pick of the Rangers in 2017 out of Adrian College (MI). Attended South Haven (MI) HS. SAL Top-10 Rankings: 5th batting avg., 10th OBP, 10th OPS.

2B-SS Yonny Hernandez: 2018 stats (Hickory only): .253/.367/.328, 8 2B, 3 3B, 2 HR, 44 BB, 47 K, 31 SB, 8 CS. Last series vs. Charleston: 3-for-13, 2 HR, K, SB. Signed with the Rangers as an international free agent in 2014. Native of Maturin, Venezuela. SAL Top-10 Rankings: 1st sacrifice bunts (13), 2nd stolen bases, T-4th walks, 5th OBP, T-7th CS.

 

Prospects to watch-Hagerstown (rankings by MLB.com):

OF Gage Canning (No. 13): 2018 stats (Hagerstown only): .207/.295/.402, 4 2B, 4 HR, 10 BB, 26 K, 2 SB. Last series vs. Lexington (Ky.): 1-for-7, 2B, 2 BB, 3 K. Fifth-round pick of the Nationals in 2018 out of Arizona St. Univ. Attended Ramona (Calif.) HS.

RHP Tomas Alastre (No. 25): 2018 stats: 18 games (18 starts), 95.1 IP, 107 H, 64 R (51 ER), 17 HR, 12 HB, 33 BB, 64 K, 4.18 ERA, .288 OBA, 1.47 WHIP. Last start vs. Lexington 7/31: 7 IP, 5 H, 2 R (2 ER), 1 HR, 2 BB, 5 K. Signed with the Nationals as an international free agent in 2014. A native of Valencia, Venezuela. SAL Top-10 rankings: T-1st hit batters, T-3rd runs allowed, 4th home runs allowed, 6th earned runs allowed, T-6th hits allowed.

RHP Jackson Tetreault (No. 27): 2018 stats: 18 games (18 starts), 99.1 IP, 101 H, 58 R (47 ER), 9 HR, 5 HB, 29 BB, 99 K, 4.26 ERA, .262 OBA, 1.31 WHIP. Last start 7/28 at Lakewood (NJ): 7 IP, 5 H, 1 R (0 ER), 1 BB, 8 K. Seventh-round pick of the Nationals in 2017 out of State JC of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota. Also attended Cameron Univ. in Lawton, Okla. Pitched in high school at Lennard HS in Ruskin, Fla. SAL Top-10 rankings: T-3rd losses (8), 9th runs allowed, 9th earned runs allowed, T-10th hits allowed.

RHP Brigham Hill (No. 29): 2018 stats (Hagerstown only): 8 games (8 starts), 37.2 IP, 36 H, 20 R (15 ER), 3 HB, 15 BB, 21 K, 3.58 ERA, .257 OBA, 1.35 WHIP. Last start vs. Lexington 7/30: 6 IP, 7 H, 2 R (2 ER), 1 K. Fifth-round pick of the Nationals in 2017 out of Texas A&M. Attended Nacogdoches HS (Tex.).

 

Others to watch-Hagerstown:

RHP Malvin Pena: 2018 stats (Hagerstown only): 4 games (4 starts), 20 IP, 22 H, 6 R (5 ER), 2 BB, 21 K, 2.25 ERA, .268 OBA, 1.20 WHIP. Last start at Lakewood 7/29: 5 IP, 4 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 7 K. Signed with the Nationals as an international free agent in 2014. A native of Santo Domingo, D.R.

2B Cole Freeman: 2018 stats: .235/.324/.325, 20 2B, 3 3B, 2 HR, 35 BB, 49 K, 21 SB, 5 CS. Last series vs. Lexington: 3-for-12, BB, K. Fourth-round pick of the Nationals in 2017 out of LSU. Also played college ball at Delgado CC (New Orleans). Attended Lakeshore HS in Mandeville, La. SAL Top-10 rankings: 3rd plate appearance to strikeout ratio (8.49), T-6th stolen bases, T-7th runs, T-9th games played.

C Alex Dunlap: 2018 stats (Hagerstown only): .265/.350/.529, 3 2B, 5 HR, 9 BB, 15 K. Last series vs. Lexington: 3-for-8, HR, BB, K. Twenty-ninth round pick of the Nationals in 2017 out of Stanford Univ. Attended The Woodlands School (Tex.).