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Young Talented Lineup Ready to Hit: An interview with Crawdads Hitting Coach Jared Goedert

When the Hickory Crawdads take the field on Thursday at Lakewood, N.J. to start the 2019 South Atlantic League season, the roster will contain nine players that are currently or have been on MLB.com’s Rangers top-30 prospect list. This doesn’t include Curtis Terry, the slugging first baseman who was the Northwest League MVP a year ago.

Given the task of working with this group is hitting coach Jared Goedert, who moved up to Hickory after spending last year at short-season Spokane.

I had the chance to speak with Goedert on Tuesday about the individuals that will suit up for Hickory this year. The interview took place at day after the Crawdads played their exhibition game against Lenoir-Rhyne. Here is that conversation.

 

 

I just want to get a snapshot of the different guys that are here this year that you will have the pleasure to work with. There’s a lot of talent here. I guess the top one is Julio Pablo Martinez, who will have his first full season here. From everything you read, he is the top or second prospect. What have you seen from him so far?

Goedert: He is a dynamic player in that – I got to be with him a little bit in Spokane – he can attack you in so many different ways at the plate. In one at-bat, if he’s facing a left-handed pitcher, he may pull a bunt past the pitcher to the first-base side for a base hit. The next at-bat, he may fake bunt, do a running slash and pop it past the third baseman for a hit. He may follow those two at-bats with a homer to deep right-center field. So, his skill set is so dynamic. He knows his abilities and he uses them at the right time. That’s what really impressed me last year is he knows when to take it, when they give him a bunt for a base hit. If they lay a cookie over the middle, he can drive the baseball, too. So, he’s very impressive that way.

 

What will he have to work on at this level that he hasn’t had to face at Spokane, or the Dominican, or wherever?

Goedert: As we get going, I think that will show itself a little better. But, I think he, along with the majority of the guys, will be playing a full season in the United States. He got a taste of a lot of baseball last year in Spokane, but that’s only 70 games. I think that one of the things that will dictate where he will need to work on some things, just as we go over the course of 140 games.

 

I’m just going to popcorn as names come to mind. You have Chris Seise, who didn’t get to play last year. Now, he’s going to get to play a full season, assuming he stays healthy. What do you see from him at this point?

Goedert: Chris is electric. His swing is controlled, but violent. He has electric athleticism. He’s a gamechanger in the box with his swing, but then also his speed on the bases. He’s just an electric player all around. I think that the thing I’m most excited for him is getting him back to be able to play every day. And you can tell from just being around him a little bit, he’s so fired up right now to be back on the baseball field and to be playing meaningful again. I’m fired up about him and for him.

 

One of the guys coming back from last year led the team in home runs, and that is Sam Huff. That’s pretty impressive to hit 18 at this level, given the grind of catching. What do you see from him so far?

Goedert: With Sam, the power, you can’t doubt that at all. It’s there, so now it’s going to be a matter of him taking that next step on the offensive side of things, which he is more than capable of. He’s a year older. He’s matured a year. He understands baseball a year better than he did. So, it’s going to be controlling his at-bats, in my opinion. Being able to get better and better as the year goes on, and moving on from one at-bat to the next, no matter if it was good or bad. So, I think just taking that next step and understanding his strike zone and what he can do damage on, and what he can’t. When he does, it’s pretty special. The power is undoubtable.

 

Matt Whatley, like Chris Seise, missed a lot of time last year from injuries. It looks like he will split time with Sam behind the plate. What are the expectations for him this year?

Goedert: He is another guy, like Chris, that I’m very excited for to just play baseball again and just be a baseball player. He’s an absolute gamer. He’s a leader behind the plate. In my opinion, he has an infectious personality. So, he’s a guy you love to have in the clubhouse and in the dugout every day, over the course of a long season, that’s fun to have around. I’m excited for him just for the maturity that he’s going to bring to this group. The leadership that he’ll going to bring to this group is going to be valuable with a lot of young talented. Matt’s extremely talented, too.

 

Curtis Terry, who you had last year at Spokane. We haven’t seen many slugging first basemen anymore. We had Tyreque Reed here last year and it looks like maybe we’ll start to see a few more of that type of player. Let me ask you about his growth and what he will need to do to step forward at this level.

Goedert: I think that if he continues the professional work, day in and day out that he had last year, he’s going to be fine here. I think it’s more of just looking to build off of last year and understanding that last year was a good year, but now it’s a new year and nobody cares. Nobody in this league is going to care about what he did last year. I think if he just continues to do professional work and professional preparation, day in and day out, he’ll be alright. I’m excited for him to finally get that opportunity to take that next step at this level.

 

Sherten Apostel. He’s a tall kid for a third baseman and I’m guessing that’s going to bring some power with it.

Goedert: Yeah, it does. He’s got power that is impressive, but to me, the most impressive thing with him is strike-zone discipline. With that, he manages to get himself into good hitter’s counts. When he does, the maturity for his age, as far as knowing he has a lot of power, he doesn’t try to do too much. I think that combination is pretty special for someone his age. His strike-zone discipline, his power, he has a beautiful swing, but then he doesn’t try to do too much. He stays within himself and he controls his at bats.

 

Ornelas is going to be the young guy. He was playing high school ball at this time last year. Obviously, he showed enough to get the full-season assignment. What has impressed you about him?

Goedert: I wasn’t around him at all last year, but what I’ve seen from him so far, and getting to know him, he’s a spark plug. That’s what’s exciting about him. When he steps in the box, he’s a spark plug. He has tremendous barrel-to-ball skills. If it’s over the plate, he gets the barrel to it. I’m still learning him as much as he’s still learning me.

 

Frainyer Chavez. That’s not a name I know at all, so what do you know about him?

Goedert: Similar boat as Ornelas, in that he was in Arizona last year. So, I didn’t get to spend a lot of time with him. I go to know him a little in spring training, but he’s a gamer. A switch-hitter that has really good at-bats from both sides of the plate. He controls his at-bats very well. For his age, he is composed. He doesn’t get rattled. He can hit with two strikes and he strikes me as a line drive hitter from both sides of the plate. I’m excited for him because he gives us a good at-bat regardless of whether it’s right-hander or left-hander on the mound.

 

Pedro Gonzalez is a guy that was a little snakebit last year with injuries. He had some flashes last year. He seems like he’s ready to take another step forward.

Goedert: That would be it, just taking that next step. I think just the consistency. It’s in there, but we need to help him get that out on a consistent basis. Not results, but just being healthy and having consistent quality at-bats.  If we can get that, those are controllable, I think the numbers are going to be where we would all like them to be.

 

Miguel Aparicio is a guy that’s been here a couple of times now. He’s been given a third shot. Is he starting to mature? What do see from him that will help him to stay at this level all year and to take the stride to where people saw the ability that made him a top-30 prospect previously?

Goedert: The word out of January, Dominican early camp was that he’s a different guy. In spring training, I could confirm that he’s a different guy just by how he goes about his business every single day, in a professional manner and in a mature manner. That’s what we need him to do is to continue that into the season. If he does, if he goes about that every day the right way, he’s going to be a good player, because he has that in him. I think at times, he may have been his own worst enemy. I see a maturity and an understanding at his at-bats. I’m excited for him. They role we have is to get the best out of him and making sure he approaches every day the right way. So far, he’s doing that well.

 

Isaias Quiroz had some playing time last year at Spokane and nosed himself into some more playing time.

Goedert: I hope so, because he’s a tremendous human being and a great leader in the clubhouse and with the pitching staff as well. He’s fallen into the category of it’s tough for some guys on some rosters because of who else is there. He handles it professionally every year. Baseball can change quickly and when it feels like you don’t have an opportunity, all of a sudden you do. When that opportunity comes, I think he’ll be ready and take another step as well.

 

At the end of the year, when you guys go home in September, what’s a good year for your group of guys, as far as the work you put in and the progress you see?

Goedert: I think that, to me, it’s going to be more on how – it’s not quantitative, it’s tough to quantify and be subjective. If I can look out on a nightly basis and every time we step in the box, and we’re ready to hit mentally. I mean, truly ready to hit. Just because we’re standing in the batter’s box with our batting gloves on and with a bat in our hand doesn’t mean we’re ready to hit. So, I think if we can get guys in the box ready to hit, one through nine, for 27 outs or 24 outs on a nightly basis, I’ll feel like all the number and the wins will take care of themselves. Obviously, the goal is to make the playoffs and to make a run here, but on my end specifically, if I can get our guys ready to hit and understanding the importance of that at 7:00 every night, that’s my goal for these guys.

 

Crawdads 2019 Preview: Interview with Manager Matt Hagen

The Hickory Crawdads began the 2018 season with six straight losses and were 1-8 before winning two straight for the first time. The season took a big turn in the second half as the pitching, which struggled mightily early on, carried the team.

Matt Hagen will take the reins of the team for the second time and there are high expectations for a group that will have six of the Texas Rangers top-30 prospects, according to MLB.com. Five of those are position players, which will also have four more teammates that were once on that heralded list.

However, the expectations aren’t simply because of the pedigree of the players that will start the year here. The expectations are there because Hagen and his staff has raised the bar of accountability that he admitted wasn’t present until several weeks into 2018.

The Crawdads will be young in the field, older on the mound and it could be an interesting combination as they go forward.

I talked with Hagen on Tuesday a day after his team’s exhibition win over Lenoir-Rhyne.

You and I talked late last year and this January at the hot stove banquet about setting up accountability right off the bat. You start this year at Lakewood with the long bus trip and the weather that’s up there in April. With that in mind, let me ask you about the start of the season and hitting the ground running.

Hagen: I think we get some adversity right away with the long bus trip and some cold weather. But, at the end of the day, these guys are going to be better off facing some adversity. With that said, we want to push them simply hold them to a higher standard and level of accountability right out of the gate.

You face the league runner-up (Lakewood, N.J.)– and I know there is turnover and such, but traditionally it’s a strong club that always has good pitching. You’ve got a lineup that looks like, on paper, a good group of prospects that you’re going to put up there every night.

Hagen: Our team, opening day, the depth of our lineup is one of our strengths. On any given night, our four-hole (hitter) could be batting eighth and the next night our eighth-hole could be batting fourth. There’s not a differentiation between the two. So, we have some length in the back half of our lineup, which is, on paper, a good look.

You’ve got Chris Seise, J.P. Martinez, (Jonathan) Ornellas. You’ve got, at least from MLB’s point of view, five prospects that are in the top-30. To run five out every night, that’s a nice group to play with.

Hagen: I think it’s more the names you didn’t mention that are going to be a big deal for us. You’re talking about Matt Whatley, who is coming off a year where he was misdiagnosed and was battling illness all year and was a Johnny Bench award winner coming out of college. You’ve got Jose Almonte, who had a heck of a year here before he got hurt. He’s been spending the last two years just getting healthy to get back to Hickory. You’ve got Pedro Gonzalez, who showed some electrifying stuff last season and has a chance to come back here and start off with some familiarity.

So, I think it’s nice to have guys that are on prospect lists, but at the end of the day, a prospect list just means you haven’t done anything yet. You’re a guy who has the potential to someday do something. We try to drive that point home to them that you don’t get to make it to the big leagues because you are on a prospect list in Low-A. You’ve still got a lot of work to do.

You do have some guys that were on that top-30 list: Matt and Pedro and Miguel (Aparicio). It’s almost a group that has something to prove to get back into that conversation.

Hagen: When Miguel came back last year after going to Spokane for a little bit, we saw a different player in terms of his preparation, his effort and his hustle on the field. From that time, which I want to say was July, all the way through Instructional League, through the winter programs in the Dominican, through spring training, that’s the guy we’ve seen. So, I’m excited to see that same guy for a whole five months, now.

Miguel Aparicio will start his third season with the Crawdads (Crystal Lin)

Is this a similar situation to Pedro? Like you said, there were spurts when he would electrify in the lineup, but there were times he was out for injuries. Was there disappointment for that last year, or was it more of a luck of the draw that he couldn’t stay healthy?

Hagen: I think it’s par for the course for athletic players, who happen to be 6-foot-5 and possess a lot of power. They’re going to get pitched like a AA hitter would get pitched in Low-A baseball. They’re not, “here’s three fastballs within the at-bat” with something to hit. It’s right away, “we don’t want to give in, let’s see if we can get you to chase” and take something off. It doesn’t matter if Pedro bats third or hits eighth or ninth, him and guys like Sam Huff and Curtis Terry are going to get pitched the same, no matter what, because everybody knows what they can do with one swing of the bat.

Pedro Gonzalez returns to the Crawdads after posting a .234/.296/.421 slash a season ago (Ashley Salinas/ Hickory Crawdads)

So, it’s just part of the education process for Pedro. If he can add one base hit for week over the course of a season for him, you add 20 hits in there and all of a sudden, he’s a uber-prospect, when he has 20 more hits over the course of 500 at-bats. So, just making those little adjustments where he becomes a little more patient on getting a pitch that he can hit. I think that’s just part of the natural process of all hitters.

Chris Seise is healthy?

Hagen: He’s healthy and ready to go. He’s really excited. He spent a whole year in the training room himself, which for a young kid is frustrating. He wants to be out there every day. He’s healthy and I think that some of the game clock things are going to have to come back to him, because he’s had time off. And Almonte taking a couple of years off is going to have to have the game clock come back to him. But, two three weeks into the season, I think they’ll be right back to where they were before.

What have you seen from J.P. so far?

Hagen: A superior athlete. When he gets on base, it’s really fun to watch. I put him in that Eric Jenkins, LeDarious Clark mold – guys in our organization that can change the game on the basepaths. He can go get it in the outfield. Then at the plate, if you’re not careful, you might look and realize this guy not only can defend and run, but it turns out he can hit the ball pretty hard for a guy that’s his size. The sky’s the limit for him and it’ll be exciting to see him get four or five bats every game, probably at the top of the order.

Apostel – he’s a big kid, for some reason he’s not what I was expecting. I was thinking he would be a smaller guy for a third baseman.

Hagen: A tall kid for a third baseman, but he can play the position. Just seeing the amount of adjustments he made over the course of spring training, working on his feet to get them better. He’s got a strong enough arm and he’s starting to get better angles on his ground balls. At the plate – he’s only 19 or 20 years old – the maturity of his at-bats and the inner confidence that he brings is beyond his years. We’re going to plug him in the middle of the order.

Ornellas looks like he was pretty smooth last evening.

Hagen: Johnny is going to be all over the field for us because he’s just that athletic. That allows a manager, like myself, to plug him wherever I want. He can play third base one night. He can play centerfield, left, second, short, right field. His role on this team will be mostly to bounce around and be that super-utility guy for us, just because that’s what we need with this particular group of guys. He’s smart enough and athletic enough to handle that.

I think we’ve mentioned all the prospects, but there’s one guy who is not on any of the prospect lists and it’s the guy Curtis Terry who was the MVP of the Northwest League last year, Curtis Terry. You lose Tyreque Reed from last year and now you plug another one in.

Hagen: I’m surprised they didn’t find him a house and sign him to a long-term contract in Spokane. Two years ago, he led the league in home runs. He went back to repeat last year simply because we have a log jam at first base with Tyreque. He goes back and winds up winning the MVP. So, you look at guys, that prospect status is what it is, but track record is more important to me. And his track record says, based on his last two years, the dude hits. He puts up his number. Just read the baseball card – the baseball cards don’t lie. You are what you are. So, you look at the back of his baseball card, you get excited for what he can potentially do over 140 games.

Looking at the roster, usually when you look at this level it’s been the tendency for the Rangers to bring in a bunch of young guys, but have a couple of college guys. You don’t have that his year, other than Matt behind the plate. Does that concern you to have so many young guys around the infield? Is the expectation for the guys to grow up on their own a little bit?

Hagen: Yeah, they’re going to have to learn on the fly. Luckily, Matt has the leadership skills to count as two or three people. He really does. Then, if you watched (Frainyer) Chavez last night, his inner clock that he plays with is so under control. There’s no panic. He plays like a kid that’s been playing infield professionally for six years, and it’s only his second season. That’s a bright spot for me.

We’ll lean leadership wise on the guys who have been here in the past, and also on our two catchers. We’ve Sam’s maturity and Matt’s been at a higher level. They both possession good leadership skills.\

One of the worries from last year was getting the guys that were here enough playing time as catchers, getting repetition. Right now, how do you see that playing time shaping up?

Hagen: I think 50-50 coming out of it. They’re both guys that need to play. They’re both guys that are going to be instrumental to the success of our club. Sam was an all-star here last year and he’s earned the right to play every day. Matt was arguably our best hitter two years ago at Spokane and had some adversity last year. He’s also earned the right to play a lot, too. They are two guys in the organization the organization is high on for good reason. So, one of those guys will be catching and the other guy will probably be DH-ing most nights.

Sam Huff hit 18 home runs for the Crawdads which finished in a tie for the team lead (Tracy Proffitt)

What is your general impression of what you have among the pitching staff? You, obviously, have Hans Crouse at the top and Jean Casanova who was here last year. Everybody else is pretty spanking new to this level.

Hagen: (Pitching coach) Jose (Jaimes) and I were talking about this just the other day. It’s a stark contrast to what we had last year. We had a lot that were lighting up the radar gun early in the season, but not the strike zone. This year, we have more guys that, I think, have the ability to throw more strikes – more pitchers than throwers. Last year, we started the season with more throwers and we had to make them pitchers. To have guys that can throw a couple of pitches in the zone to start the season. I think it’s encouraging, as we learn the value of free bases and not walking guys every night. It gives our defense a chance to make plays.

It’s the first group I can recall that doesn’t have a teenager on the pitching staff. I know the Rangers have put together a program in which the high school guys they drafted last summer were shut down until instructionals. Is this older group of pitchers a part of that intentional process by the Rangers?

Hagen: Yeah, I think it’s a hundred percent intentional. When we signed the American kids out of high school, we want them on our program, doing things our way. Sometimes that means you have to take a step back and get them back to neutral as an athlete. Then, we can take two or three steps forward. You have to be willing to have the patience to give that a year to take place, so therefore you don’t have kids that are 19, but now they are 20. I think it’s a plan that has the player’s best interest at heart long term.

Flipping the Switch: A Look at the 2018 Hickory Crawdads with Manager Matt Hagen

Quite honestly, the Hickory Crawdads were a dreadful team to watch much of the first half. There were a few early successes – Catcher Melvin Novoa’s hot April that earned him a promotion and the season-long consistency of Crawdads opening day starter Tyler Phillips – but overall, the team didn’t hit well, didn’t pitch well, couldn’t hold leads, and so on. However, for me, what I will remember about this team is the ability for players to grind through the season and endure the process of development. Several players turned in big second half-seasons and kept the Crawdads in the playoff hunt until the final few days of the season.

The Crawdads came out of the South Atlantic League all-star break at 30-38, and promptly were swept at home in three straight by West Virginia to drop to its low point of the season at 30-41. But the Crawdads bounced back with a sweep of Augusta (S.C.) and then began to piece together series wins. An 18-10 July put the team within the .500 mark, which the Crawdads reached for the first time on August 4 at Hagerstown (Md.).

Hickory stayed within range of first-half Northern Division winner Lakewood (N.J.) for the second-half race and were within 2 1/2 games of the BlueClaws, when they traveled to L.P, Frans Stadium for a series on August 10. Lakewood took 3-out-4 to surge ahead, but a 5-2 road trip by the Crawdads followed and got the team again within 2.5 games of the BlueClaws. Lakewood returned to L.P. Frans for another series and again asserted its dominance with a 3-1 series win to put a bow on the second-half division title. Left with an outside shot at a wildcard slot – something unthinkable when Hickory finished sixth in the first half – the Crawdads took three-of-four at Delmarva (Md.) and the first game of the series finale against Greensboro. However, a loss to the Grasshoppers the next night officially knocked the Crawdads out three games from the end of the season. It was the second straight season in which Hickory was eliminated during the final weekend of the season.

The 70-68 record was the eighth time in ten seasons as the Texas Rangers affiliate the Crawdads had a winning record.

What changed? The hitting improved. The pitching improved. However, in talking with manager Matt Hagen, he was adamant that none of that would’ve occur had the accountability of the squad and their expectations had not changed. In talking with him the first half, there was a constant mantra of being one play short. A big hit in a key spot was missed. One pitch in a key spot wasn’t made. One ball wasn’t caught.

The attitude changed in the second half and the confidence came with it.

During an interview with Matt Hagen prior to the final game of the season on Monday, he talked about that shift in the mental approaches that occurred, as well as highlights of the season with some of the individual players.

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Manager Matt Hagen from a game in May (photo courtesy of Tracy Proffitt)

 

Considering where you guys started, 0-6 and 1-8, that was a heck of a turnaround in the second half. What are some things you contribute that to?

Hagen: Our coaches did a really good job of getting the players better. The players got better, and I think we raised the accountability level and the expectation level. Some of the things we were doing early on, as far as not just not playing with the right level of focus and intensity, we challenged them to be accountable to it.

We flat out just played better. We had a 4.6 ERA in the first half and a 3.2 in the second half. Some of those guys that were hitting .190 at the break ended up hitting .260. So, we had several guys hit over .300 for the second half. So, that was a pretty good deal.

Was there a tipping point at some time in the middle of the season, maybe late June or early July? That time period was a point where there seemed to be a gear shift. You went on a long road trip right after the (July) 4th.

Hagen: It was our first series in Hagerstown (Md.). We had a team meeting and we talked about raising expectations and making sure that guys are completely switched on when they walk in the door, and when they walk out the door to go to the field. From that point on, we won a lot more games than we lost.

The pitching staff, what a turn around: DeMarcus (Evans), Tyler (Phillips), who pretty much had it all year, AJ (Alexy), he finished strong.

Hagen: Reid Anderson.

What were some of the things that you guys were able to figure out?

Hagen: I would give credit to (pitching coach Jose) Jaimes. He’s out there every day sweating in that bullpen with those guys.

Tyler, I think, was more of a continuation of the success he had last year in Spokane.

To see the transformation of Reid Anderson, who won only one game last year. His demeanor on the mound was better. His presence was better. His conviction was better. His belief was better. His confidence was better.

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Reid Anderson was in the SAL top-ten in ERA (3.22) and WHIP (1.13) in 2018 (Photo courtesy of Ashley Salinas/ Hickory Crawdads)

 

I think AJ has just completely progressed as a pitcher, everything from his preparation to his mentality to his repertoire, his control, his attitude. Everything has gotten better.

And then our bullpen, my goodness, our bullpen was probably one of the best one in the league in the second half. If we had a lead in the seventh inning, we held on to it.

You mentioned the bullpen, what a luxury to have DeMarcus and Joe (Barlow). I talked with him and he talked about the walks to the point of saying I’m not going to use the word. (Joe) Kuzia had a good second half. (Josh) Advocate, when he was healthy, had a good second half. Did you get a sense that those guys got together to change the attitude of the bullpen?

Hagen: I think they took a lot of pride being in the bullpen. They saw it as kind of a brotherhood down there. It’s a great collection of guys. They joke around a lot and they pick on each other, but it’s like a family and they hold each other accountable, too.

DeMarcus, his numbers tell the whole story; he was lights out. He and Joe Barlow were like 1 and 1A; take your pick. Statistically, they were two of the best three relievers in the league. You can’t even argue that. The other guys you named were really good down the stretch, too.

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DeMarcus Evans struck out 66 during the second half and had over 16 Ks per 9 innings to lead the SAL (Salinas/ Hickory Crawdads)

So, I think there was a confidence that kind of grew when one or two guys started having some success, and I think it got contagious down there.

 

Tyreque (Reed) was another guy that when the calendar turned to July, he found something. He talked about his approach going up the middle and going away, and he added the power back. What did you see with him, as far as flipping that switch?

Hagen: He came in right away and his first at-bat was a walk-off home run. Then, having not played at an affiliate yet, I think the rigors of playing against better competition, the hotels, the bus rides, the fans, playing under the lights, that kind of stuff caught up to him a little bit. Once he and Bubba (Thompson) kind of realized, hey, not only do we belong here, we can excel here, you just handed the keys over to them at that point. When Bubba was clicking in the leadoff spot, he was a guy that hit over .300 in the second half. Then, Tyreque, more or less, carried the middle of our lineup for the entire last month. If he were here all year, who knows where his numbers end up. We’d be talking a potential league MVP had he been here all year.

To watch those guys and to know the conversations that (hitting coach) Chase (Lambin) was having with those guys every day, making sure they stayed logged in, making sure they stayed confident and got their work in every day. It was a pleasure to high five those guys as they came around the base.

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Tyreque Reed finished third in the SAL in slugging pct. (,503) and OPS (.846) (Salinas/ Hickory Crawdads)

 

Bubba (Thompson) had a little hitch and then in July, he found a switch. It just seemed like a bunch of you found a switch at the same time.

Hagen: Bubba is a really talented kid and he can beat you in a lot of ways. One night, he’d go out – you talk about trying to leave your fingerprints on the game in a positive way – he may have gone 0-for-4 at the plate, but he might have made two or three plays in the outfield that might have won us the game. As young players do, they get locked in on the fact that maybe they didn’t have a great day at the plate, but you can still walk, you can steal two bases, you can still make plays in the outfield. He’s a special kid and not a lot of people can beat you in that many ways.

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Bubba Thompson stole 32 bases for Hickory and had a second-half slash of .300/.341/.441 (photo courtesy of Tracy Proffitt)

 

Yonny (Hernandez), I just like watching him play. You said it in the first meeting you and I had where you called him “The Mosquito”. He’s another guy that had a strong second half. You put him second in the lineup and that seemed to be a good niche for the guy with he and Thompson at the top of the order.

Hagen: The expectations were, we know he can play defense and we know he can run the bases a little bit. The question was, is he going to hit. You look up and he’s second in the league in walks and second in the league in stolen bases. He hit over .300 in the second half and raised his batting average over 70 points. Pretty special. He’s a disruptor, too. He gets on the bases and gets the pitchers thinking about him instead of the hitter. The next thing you know, the pitcher leaves a pitcher over the middle that (Ryan) Dorow or Tyreque and three runs are on the board.

He’s just a fun kid to watch. You just let him go out and do his thing. He attacks the game very aggressively.

Yonny Hernandez

Yonny Hernandez finished the season second in the South Atlantic League in steals (44) and OBP (.371) and third in walks (58) (Salinas/ Hickory Crawdads)

 

The three-headed monster at catcher wound up being two with (Yohel) Pozo and (Sam) Huff. Please with their progress this year?

Hagen: Yeah. The goal was to get them both over 400 at-bats and they both got their 400 at-bats. Two guys that made an all-star team. Obviously, Melvin was doing good enough to get promoted. He was on fire early.

From a defensive standpoint, they both finished the season, hopefully with winning records <Note: Yohel Pozo was 30-30 entering the final game of the season. Pozo caught the game, which Hickory lost to Greensboro.>

Sam Huff and Yohel Pozo

South Atlantic League All-Star Catchers Yohel Pozo (left) and Sam Huff played a big role in the pitching staff’s turnaround in the second half (Salinas/ Hickory Crawdads)

To see those guys mature, to where the pitchers have confidence in them – you’ve got to give them a lot of credit for the success the pitchers had in the second half, too. Because, they got better in calling the game and controlling the game. Two guys that can throw pretty well and I think they both finished in the top two or three in the league in receiving metrics. They’re getting pitches that are strikes called strikes, and stealing a few strikes here and there.

 

Was there any disappointment that Miguel (Aparicio) didn’t have the year I think folks were expecting from him, and maybe Pedro (Gonzalez), as well? Any concerns on their progress for this year?

Hagen: No, if we look it up, Pedro’s run production is the third best on the team, as far as scoring runs and driving in runs. The only downside there is the batting average is down a little bit. The slugging pct. is good. He’s had some leg issues that kind of plagued him all year, so his stolen bases weren’t as high as he wanted them to be. Earlier in the season, he was stealing bases when he was healthy. For me, I think Pedro actually had a good year.

Miguel was just up-and-down. He was player of the week one week, and then the next week you see a 19-year-old kid who’s going to struggle. He’d struggle to stay in his approach and then the next week he’d get hot again. Obviously, the power is there, as evidenced by the home run he crushed a couple of days ago over the advertisements there. For him, it’s just finding a way to be consistent.

Miguel Aparcio

Top-30 prospect Miguel Aparicio took home a South Atlantic League hitter of the week award in mid-July, but struggled much of the season and finished at .214/.263/.361 (Salinas/ Hickory Crawdads)

 

The glue of the team all year, for me, was Dorow. Is that a fair read for you?

Hagen: That’s a bull’s eye right there. We came in talking about somebody needing to step up to surprise you. I knew Dorow could catch a ground ball if it was hit to him, but I had no idea that he could catch every ground ball within running range and then throw guys out from any arm angle. What he did at the plate, he’s two away from 30 doubles, 12 home runs and right around .300 most of the year.

He really exceeded a lot of people’s expectations and he’s been a pleasure to watch run out and play and go about his business. You just plug him into the lineup and let him go. He has a very mature approach and a very tough kid mentally, and a very tough kid physically. He’s a manager’s dream.

Ryan Dorow

Ryan Dorow (Proffitt)

 

When you look back at this team in a couple of years, what’s going to stick out for you?

Hagen: I think just the turn around from where we were in the first half to where we finished up. The way they came together and started worrying less about themselves and started playing for each other a lot more, which is hard to do in this game, because everybody wants to get to the big leagues. They were able to take the focus off of their individual success and started thinking about what the team was doing.

They learned how to win, so when they get to the next level, or the guys that get to the big leagues, they don’t get there and go, “Well, I’m a big-league player, but I don’t know how to win.” They’re learned how to win and what it takes to win. That’s invaluable.

 

What did you learn this year as a manager?

Hagen: Ooooo, that’s a good question. Something new every day. I think knowing and continuing to learn when to push the guys and when to just pat them on the back. I think I would’ve liked to have held them to a higher level of expectation, earlier on. But there was a lot of getting to know one another still going on at that point.

Definitely letting my staff do their job. That’s been a luxury for me. Knowing when to speak up and when to stay out of the way and let Chase do his thing, or Jaimes do his thing, or Turtle (Thomas). I’m really fortunate to have three really good coaches, and that extends to the weight room, too. I didn’t have to monitor anything there. I’d stick my head in once in a while. Adam (Noel) does a great job with those guys. But, just trusting those guys to do their jobs and letting them do them was a big part of our success.

 

 

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.).

Series Preview: Charleston (S.C.) RiverDogs at Hickory Crawdads July 30-August 1

Charleston RiverDogs (50-53 overall, 17-18 second half, 3rd South Atlantic League South) at Hickory Crawdads (Texas Rangers) (50-54, 20-16, T-2nd SAL North)

The Crawdads host the RiverDogs for three games during a short homestand at L.P. Frans Stadium.

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: Monday and Tuesday, 7 p.m. Wednesday Noon

 

PROMOTIONS:

Monday – Make-a-Difference Monday (Habitat for Humanity)

Tuesday –Dollar Dog Day

 

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 (Charleston/ Hickory)

Monday: LHP Reiver Sanmartin vs. RHP Noah Bremer

Tuesday: RHP Deivi Garcia vs. RHP Reid Anderson

Wednesday: RHP Miguel Yajure vs. RHP AJ Alexy

 

Recent Series History:

The Crawdads and RiverDogs have split eight games this season, each going 3-1 at the other’s ballpark. Hickory took 3 of 4 at Charleston two weeks ago. The RiverDogs have owned Hickory the past three seasons, taking 7 of 10 at LP Frans since 2015. Since the start of the Crawdads-Rangers affiliation in 2009, the Crawdads are 54-49 overall, 28-24 at home.

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

OF Bubba Thompson (No. 9): 2018 stats: .288/.340/.428, 12 2B, 4 3B, 4 HR, 16 BB, 66 K, 23 SB, 4 CS. This season vs. Charleston: 5-for-32, 2B, 3B, BB, 9 K, 3 SB, CS. Last series at Greensboro: 2-for-8, 2 K, 3 SB. Had hits in 22 of his last 25 games before an 0-for-4 on Sunday. Has 15 in July. First-round pick of the Rangers in 2018 out of McGill-Toolen High, Mobile, AL. SAL Top-10 Rankings: 3rd stolen bases.

RHP Tyler Phillips (No. 13): 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. Not scheduled to pitch vs. Charleston. 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, 8th ERA, 9th innings. Named to the SAL All-Star Game.

OF Pedro Gonzalez (No. 17) 2018 stats: .238/.301/.434, 16 2B, 5 3B, 10 HR, 24 BB, 95 K, 8 SB, 3 CS. This season vs. Charleston: 3-for-18, 2B, HR, BB, 6 K, SB. Last series at Greensboro: 0-for-9, 2 BB, 5 K, SB. Obtained by the Rangers in 2017 from the Colorado Rockies for Jonathan Lucroy. Native of Santo Domingo, D.R. SAL Top-10 Rankings: T-10th triples

RHP AJ Alexy (No. 18): 2018 stats: 17 games (15 starts), 79.2 IP, 70 H, 44 R (38 ER), 4 HR, 8 HB, 44 BB, 94 K, 4.29 ERA, .241 OBA, 1.43 WHIP. This season vs. Charleston: 1 game, 3.2 IP, 6 H, 5 R (1 ER), 4 BB, 1 K. Last start at Greenville (SC) 7/26: 5 IP, 7 H, 2 R (2 ER), BB, 6 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-7th hit batters, T-9th losses (7).

C Sam Huff (No. 21): 2018 stats: .244/.304/.440, 19 2B, 3B, 13 HR, 19 BB, 101 K, 7 SB. This season vs. Charleston: 11-for-24, 5 2B, 5 K. Last series at Greensboro: 1-for-10, 2B, 2 BB, 6 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: T-9th HR

RF Miguel Aparicio (No. 26): 2018 stats at Hickory: .221/.269/.383, 7 2B, 4 3B, 7 HR, 13 BB, 42 K, 1 SB, 4 CS. This season vs. Charleston: 4-for-21, 2 2B, 3B, BB, 6 K. Last series at Greensboro: 2-for-11, HR, 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 Noah Bremer: 2018 stats: 11 games (11 starts), 50.1 IP, 58 H, 29 R (25 ER), 5 HR, 17 BB, 47 K, 4.47 ERA, .291 OBA, 1.49 WHIP. This season vs. Charleston: 2 starts, 9.1 IP, 17 H, 8 R (8 ER), 4 BB, 6 K. Last start at Greenville 7/25: 3 IP, 5 H, 2 R (1 ER), BB, 3 K. Sixth-round pick of the Rangers in 2017 out of the Univ. of Washington. Attended Berkeley (Calif.) HS.

RHP Reid Anderson: 17 games (14 starts), 80.1 IP, 73 H, 40 R (31 ER), 1 HR, 4 HB, 21 BB, 70 K, 3.47 ERA, .240 OBA, 1.17 WHIP. This season vs. Charleston: 1 game, 2 IP. Last start at Greenville 7/25: 7 IP, 5 H, 1 R (0 ER), 1 BB, 7 K. Seventeenth-round pick of the Rangers in 2016 out of Millersville (Pa.) Univ. Attended New Egypt (N.J.) HS.

RHP DeMarcus Evans: 2018 stats: 26 games, 3 saves, 40.2 IP, 11 H, 11 R (11 ER), 1 HR, 1 HB, 26 BB, 74 K, 2.43 ERA, .173 OBA, 1.23 WHIP. This season vs. Charleston: 2 games, 1 save, 3 IP, 6 K. Last game at Greensboro 7/29: .1 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 1 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 (16.39), 2nd lowest OBA among relievers (.152).

RHP Joe Barlow: 2018 stats: 28 games, 3 saves, 46 IP, 17 H, 14 R (11 ER), 3 HR, 39 BB, 70 K, 2.15 ERA, .119 BA, 1.22 WHIP. This season vs. Charleston: 2 games, 4 IP, 3 BB, 6 K. Last game at Greensboro 7/28: 1 IP, 1 H, 2 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 (.119), 2nd SAL among relievers Ks per 9 IP ratio (13.70), 9th walks, T-9th games.

C Yohel Pozo: 2018 stats: .250/.302/.400, 19 2B, 1 3B, 9 HR, 23 BB, 42 K. This season vs. Charleston: 10-for-24, 7 2B, 4 BB, 3 K. Last series at Greensboro: 3-for-10, 2B, 2 BB, 3 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: 3rd plate appearance to strikeout ratio (8.29).

IF Ryan Dorow: 2018 stats: .292/.353/.446, 16 2B, 3B, 10 HR, 25 BB, 83 K, 5 SB, 2 CS. This season vs. Charleston: 9-for-29, 2B, 2 HR. 5 BB, 5 K. Last series at Greensboro: 5-for-13, 2B, 3 K, SB. 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.

2B-SS Yonny Hernandez: 2018 stats (Hickory only): .254/.373/.310, 8 2B, 3 3B, 44 BB, 46 K, 30 SB, 8 CS. This season vs. Charleston: 6-for-26, 2B, 5 BB, 4 K, 4 SB, 2 CS. Last series at Greensboro: 3-for-12, 2B, BB, 5 K, 5 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, 4th walks, 5th OBP, T-8th CS.

 

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

RHP Deivi Garcia (No. 12): 2018 stats at Charleston: 7 games (7 starts), 34.2 IP, 27 H, 14 R (12 ER), 3 HR, 5 HB, 8 BB, 56 K, 3.12 ERA, .208 OBA, 1.01 WHIP. This season vs. Hickory: 1 start, 4.1 IP, 2 H, 2 HB, 2 BB, 7 K. Last start vs. at Augusta 7/25: 6 IP, 2 H, HB, 12 K. Signed by the Yankees as an international free agent in 2015. Native of Bonao, Dominican Republic.

RHP Roansy Contreras (No. 19) 2018 stats at Charleston: 2 games (2 starts), 11 IP, 7 H, 4 R (4 ER), 1 HR, 2 BB, 9 K. Not expected to pitch vs. Hickory. Last start 7/29 vs. Greenville: 5 IP, 5 H, 3 R (3 ER), 2 BB, 5 K. Signed with the Yankees as an international free agent in 2016. Native of Yamasa, D.R.

 

Others to watch-Charleston:

LHP Reiver Sanmartin: 2018 stats at Charleston: 4 games (4 starts), 20.2 IP, 18 H, 10 R (8 ER), 6 HB, 3 BB, 14 K, 3.48 ERA, .231 OBA, 1.02 WHIP. This season vs. Hickory: 1 start, 4.2 IP, 5 H, 3 R (3 ER), 3 HB, 2 BB, 2 K. Last start vs. Augusta 7/24: 6 IP, 4 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 HB, 5 K. Traded to the Yankees from the Rangers 11/20/17 for RHP Ronald Herrera. Pitched for Hickory in 2017. Originally signed with the Rangers as an international free agent in 2015. Native of Cartagena, Columbia.

RHP Miguel Yajure: 2018 stats: 8 games (8 stats), 36.1 IP, 31 H, 22 R, 15 ER, 1 HR, 9 BB, 35 K, 3.72 ERA, .228 OBA, 1.10 WHIP. Has not faced Hickory. Last start vs. Augusta 7/26: 5 IP, 2 H, 6 K. Signed with the Yankees as an international free agent in 2015. Native of Cabimas, Venezuela.

RHP Braden Bristo: 2018 stats: 27 games 7 saves, 42 IP, 32 H, 11 R (9 ER), 1 HR, 2 HB, 12 BB, 55 K, 1.93 ERA, .209 OBA, 1.05 WHIP. This season vs. Hickory: 3 games, 1 save, 4.2 IP, 5 H, 4 R (4 ER), 1 HR, 1 BB, 9 K. Last game 7/28 vs. Greenville: 2/3 IP, 1 K. Twenty-third round pick of the Yankees in 2016 out of Louisiana Tech. Attended Ouachita Christian, Monroe, La. SAL Top-10 Rankings: 3rd K-per-9 IP ratio among relivers (11.79).

2B Oswaldo Cabrera: 2018 stats: .237/.278/.339, 18 2B, 3B, 6 HR, 20 BB, 51 K, 2 SB, 8 CS. This season vs. Hickory: 11-for-26, 3B, BB, 3 K, SB, CS. Last series vs. Greenville: 2-for-13, 2B, BB, K. Signed with the Yankees as an international free agent in 2015. Native of Guarenas, Venezuela. SAL Top-10 Rankings: T-3rd games played, 4th AB, T-7 CS.

SS Wilkerman Garcia: 2018 stats: .232/.288/.326, 18 2B, 3B, 5 HR, 28 BB, 78 K, 12 SB, 4 CS. This season vs. Hickory: 7-for-30, BB, 7 K, SB. Last series vs. Greenville: 3-for-10, 2B, 2 K. Signed with the Yankees as an international free agent in 2014. Native of Maracay, Venezuela. SAL Top-10 Rankings: 6th AB.

RF Frederick Cuevas: 2018 stats at Charleston: .217/.266/.261, 5 2B, 7 BB, 33 K, 3 SB. This season vs. Hickory: 6-for-14, 2 BB, 4 K. Last series vs. Greenville: 0-for-7, BB, K. Signed with the Yankees as an international free agent in 2014. Native of Santo Domingo, D.R.

3B Charles Hess: 2018 stats: .242/.324/.377, 18 2B, 2 3B, 7 HR, 27 BB, 99 K. This season vs. Hickory: 5-for-27, 3 2B, BB, 10 K. Last series vs. Greenville: 4-for-13, 2 2B, 4 K. Seventeenth-round pick of the Yankees in 2017 out of the University of Rhode Island. Named to 2017 All-Star Game.

Series Preview: Kannapolis Intimidators at Hickory Crawdads July 19-22

Kannapolis Intimidators (52-40 overall, 13-12 second half, 4th South Atlantic League North) at Hickory Crawdads (Texas Rangers) (44-49, 14-11, 3rd SAL North)

The Crawdads host the Intimidators for four games during a short homestand at L.P. Frans Stadium.

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: Thursday and Friday, 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 5 p.m.

 

PROMOTIONS:

Thursday – Thirsty Thursday, Usher Hunger Games

Friday –Post-game Fireworks, Christmas in July

Saturday – Post-Game concert by Sidewalk Prophets

Sunday – Church Bulletin Sunday

 

TICKETS: $9 dollars for regular seats, $14 for VIP section. Note: Saturday’s game tickets are $15-$20, which includes the concert

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)

Thursday: RHP Jhoan Quijada vs. RHP Reid Anderson

Friday: LHP Parker Rigler vs. RHP AJ Alexy

Saturday: RHP Yosmer Solorzano vs. RHP Tyree Thompson

Sunday: TBA vs. RHP Alex Eubanks

 

Recent Series History:

Kannapolis has won 7 of 12 vs. Hickory this season, though the Crawdads have won 2 of 3 in the only series played at L.P. Frans this season. Since 2009 – the start of the Crawdads-Rangers affiliation, Hickory is 101-70 overall, 47-32 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. 6): 2018 stats: .273/.321/.414, 10 2B, 3 3B, 4 HR, 12 BB, 59 K, 17 SB, 3 CS. This season vs. Kannapolis: 9-for-30, 2 3B, 1 BB, 8 K, 3 SB. Last series at Charleston: 4-for-14, 2B, 3B, 5 K, 2 SB, CS. Has hits in 15 of his last 17 games (24-for-77, 2 2B, 3B, 2 BB). Has 6 steals in his last six games. First-round pick of the Rangers in 2018 out of McGill-Toolen High, Mobile, AL. SAL Top-10 Rankings: T-10th stolen bases.

OF Pedro Gonzalez (No. 9) 2018 stats: .235/.285/.424, 16 2B, 4 3B, 8 HR, 17 BB, 82 K, 7 SB, 2 CS. This season vs. Kannapolis: 7-for-30, 5 2B, 2 HR, 10 RBI, 5 BB, 12 K, SB. Last series at Charleston: 3-for-15, 2B, HR, BB, 3 K, SB. Obtained by the Rangers in 2017 from the Colorado Rockies for Jonathan Lucroy. Native of Santo Domingo, D.R.

RHP AJ Alexy (No. 16): 2018 stats: 15 games (13 starts), 68.2 IP, 58 H, 42 R (36 ER), 3 HR, 7 HB, 41 BB, 83 K, 4.72 ERA, .232 OBA, 1.44 WHIP. This season vs. Kannapolis: 3 starts, 17.2 IP, 6 H, 2 R (2 ER), HB, 6 BB, 18 K. Last start vs. West Virginia 7/13: 5 IP, 7 H, 4 R (4 ER), 2 BB, 7 K. Joined the Crawdads after a trade that sent Yu Darvish to the Dodgers. Originally 11th round pick of Dodgers out of Twin Valley HS, Elverson, Pa. SAL Top-10 Rankings: T-4th walks, T-5th losses (7), T-9th hit batters.

RF Miguel Aparicio (No. 17): 2018 stats at Hickory: .225/.269/.359, 7 2B, 3 3B, 6 HR, 13 BB, 44 K, 0 SB, 5 CS. This season vs. Kannapolis: 3-for-17, 3B, BB, 4 K. Last series at Charleston: 3-for-12, 2 2B, 3B, BB, 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.

C-1B Sam Huff (No. 25): 2018 stats: .245/.302/.410, 18 2B, 9 HR, 15 BB, 85 K, 4 SB. This season vs. Kannapolis: 9-for-39, 3 2B, HR, 2 BB, 10 K, 2 SB. Last series at Kannapolis: 7-for-13, 4 2B, 4 K. Seventh round pick of Rangers in 2016 out of Arcadia HS (Phoenix, Ariz.). Named to the SAL All-Star Game.

RHP Tyler Phillips (No. 30): 2018 stats: 16 games (16 starts) 93 IP, 92 H, 37 R (34 ER), 3 HR, 3 HB, 10 BB, 90 K, 3.29 ERA, .254 OBA, 1.10 WHIP. Not scheduled to pitch vs. Kannapolis. Last start 7/16 at Charleston: 5 IP, 6 H, 2 R (2 ER), 5 K. In his last 27 starts stretch to 6/23/17 at Spokane 156.2 IP, 17 BB, 163 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-4th wins (7) 10th innings, 10th strikeouts. Named to the SAL All-Star Game.

 

Others to watch – Hickory:

RHP Reid Anderson: 15 games (12 starts), 67.2 IP, 58 H, 33 R (28 ER), 1 HR, 3 HB, 20 BB, 57 K, 3.72 ERA, .229 OBA, 1.15 WHIP. This season vs. Kannapolis: 1 start, 6 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 8 K. Last start vs. West Virginia 7/12: 1.2 IP, 2 H, 2 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 1 K. Seventeenth-round pick of the Rangers in 2016 out of Millersville (Pa.) Univ. Attended New Egypt (N.J.) HS.

RHP Tyree Thompson: 16 games (14 starts), 73.1 IP, 82 H, 53 R, 41 ER, 12 HR, 3 HB, 29 BB, 44 K, 5.03 ERA, .284 OBA, 1.51 WHIP. This season vs. Kannapolis: 1 start, 4.2 IP, 7 H, 6 R (6 ER), 2 HR, 2 BB, 2 K. Last start at Charleston 7/14: 5 IP, 3 H, 4 BB, 4 K. Twenty-sixth round pick of the Rangers in 2016 out of Edna Karr HS, New Orleans. SAL Top-10 Rankings: T-5th losses (7), T-5th home runs allowed, T-10th runs allowed.

RHP Alex Eubanks: 16 games (15 starts), 80.2 IP, 96 H, 58 R (56 ER), 12 HR, 4 HB, 22 BB, 82 K, 6.25 ERA, .296 OBA, 1.46 WHIP. This season vs. Kannapolis: 3 starts, 12.2 IP, 21 H, 14 R (13 ER), 3 HR, 2 HB, 6 BB, 18 K. Last start at Charleston 7/15: 2 IP, 6 H, 7 R (6 ER), 3 BB, 1 K. Fourteenth-round pick of the Rangers in 2017 out of Clemson. Attended Byrnes High in Moore, S.C. SAL Top-10 Rankings: 3rd earned runs allowed, 4th runs allowed, T-5th home runs allowed, 10th hits allowed.

RHP DeMarcus Evans: 2018 stats: 23 games, 3 saves, 37.1 IP, 19 H, 9 R (9 ER), 1 HR, 23 BB, 68 K, 2.17 ERA, .152 OBA, 1.13 WHIP. This season vs. Kannapolis: 4 games, 6.2 IP, 6 H, 3 R (3 ER), 5 BB, 9 K. Last game at Charleston 7/16: 1 IP, 3 K. Last 8 outings: 15.1 IP, 3 H, 4 BB, 33 Ks. 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 (16.39), 2nd lowest OBA among relievers (.152).

RHP Joe Barlow: 2018 stats: 25 games, 2 saves, 42 IP, 14 H, 14 R (11 ER), 37 BB, 64 K, 2.36 ERA, .109 BA, 1.21 WHIP. This season vs. Kannapolis: 4 games, 5.2 IP, 2 H, 4 R (2 ER), 6 BB, 10 K. Last game at Charleston 7/15: 3 IP, 2 BB, 6 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 (.109), 2nd SAL among relievers Ks per 9 IP ratio (13.71), 8th walks, T-10th games,

C Yohel Pozo: 2018 stats: .255/.305/.404, 16 2B, 1 3B, 8 HR, 19 BB, 36 K. This season vs. Kannapolis: 13-for-38, 4 2B, 2 HR, 3 BB, 4 K. Last series at Charleston: 6-for-14, 5 2B, BB, 3 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: 3rd plate appearance to strikeout ratio (8.47).

IF Ryan Dorow: 2018 stats: .295/.366/.455, 11 2B, 3B, 10 HR, 25 BB, 75 K, 4 SB, 2 CS. This season vs. Kannapolis: 6-for-28, 2B, HR. 3 BB, 7 K. Last series at Charleston: 5-for-15, 2B, 3 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: 8th batting avg, 10th OBP.

2B-SS Yonny Hernandez: 2018 stats (Hickory only): .249/.367/.315, 8 2B, 3 3B, 38 BB, 37 K, 22 SB, 6 CS. This season vs. Kannapolis: 4-for-17, 2 2B, 6 BB, 5 K, 3 SB, 1 CS. Last series at Charleston: 4-for-14, 2B, 4 BB, K, 3 SB, SB. Has at least one hit in 14 of the last 16 games and reached base in 21 of the last 22 games. 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, 8th walks.8th OBP,

 

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

C Evan Skoug (No. 21): 2018 stats: .203/.290/.336, 10 2B, 2 3B, 5 HR, 27 BB, 76 K. This season vs. Hickory: 11-for-28, 2 2B, HR, 6 BB, 6 K, 2 SB. Last series vs. Hagerstown: 3-for-10, 2B, 3B, BB, 2 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.

3B Luis Curbelo (No. 22): 2018 stats: .239/.292/.342. 11 2B, 3B, HR, 11 BB, 40 K. This season vs. Hickory: 5-for-17, 2 2B, 3 BB, 5 K. Last series vs. Hagerstown: 2-for-16, BB, 2 K. Sixth-round pick of the White Sox in 2016 out of Cocoa (HS), FL. Born in Carolina, P.R.

1B Justin Yurchak (No. 27): 2018 stats: .253/.354/.333, 15 2B, 3B, HR, 39 BB, 46 K. This season vs. Hickory: 14-for-36, 4 2B, 3B, 10 RBI, 8 BB, 7 K. Last series vs. Hagerstown: 1-for-10, 2 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-5th walks.

 

Others to watch-Kannapolis:

RHP Jhoan Quijada: 2018 stats: 10 games (4 starts), 45 IP, 48 H, 22 R (20 ER), 5 HR, 2 HB, 8 BB, 26 K, 4.00 ERA, .276 OBA, 1.24 WHIP. This season vs. Hickory: 1 game, 3.1 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 HR, 3 K. Last start at Greensboro 7/13: 6 IP, 6 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 5 K. Signed as an international free agent with the White Sox in 2012.

RHP Zach Lewis: 2018 stats: 21 games (8 starts), 58.2 IP, 40 H, 28 R (24 ER), 5 HR, 8 HB, 32 BB, 53 K, 3.68 ERA, .198 OBA, 1.23 WHIP. This season vs. Hickory: 4 games (2 starts), 12.1 IP, 12 H, 6 R (6 ER), 1 HR, 4 HB, 5 BB, 12 K. Last start vs. Hagerstown vs. 7/16: 5 IP, 3 H, 5 R (4 ER), 1 HR, 1 HB, 2 BB, 6 K. Signed a non-drafted, free-agent contract with the White Sox in 2017. Played college ball at Wabash Valley College (IL) and Wichita St. Attended St. Laurence HS, Burbank Ill. Top-10 Rankings: T-7th hit batters.

LHP Parker Rigler: 2018 stats: 18 games (18 starts), 94.1 IP, 87 H, 51 R (45 ER), 7 HR, 7 HB, 39 BB, 83 K, 4.29 ERA, .244 OBA, 1.34 WHIP. This season vs. Hickory: 3 starts, 13.1 IP, 14 H, 12 R (11 ER), 2 HR, HB, 9 BB, 18 K. Last start vs. Hagerstown 7/14: 5 IP, 8 H, 7 R (5 ER), BB, 2 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, 7th walks, 8th earned runs allowed, 9th innings, T-9th hit batters.

RHP Yosmer Solorzano: 2018 stats: 21 games (8 starts), 57.2 IP, 53 H, 37 R (34 ER), 5 HR, 4 HB, 30 BB, 43 K. This season vs. Hickory: 2 games, 3 IP, 1 H, 4 R (4 ER), 3 BB, 3 K. Last start vs. Hagerstown 7/15, 2 IP, 3 H, 4 R (4 ER), HR, HB, 5 BB. Signed with the White Sox as an international free agent in 2014. Native of Higuerote, Venezuela.

LHP Andrew Perez: 2018 stats at Kannapolis: 5 games, 1 save, 8 IP, 7 H, 3 R (2 ER), 1 HB, 2 BB, 7 K, 2.25 ERA, .241 OBA, 1.13 WHIP. Last series vs. Hagerstown: 2 games, 2 IP, 3 H, 2 R (ER), 4 K. Eighth-round pick of the White Sox in 2018 out of the Univ. of South Florida. Attended Timber Creek HS, Orlando, Fla. Promoted to Kannapolis from rookie-affiliate Great Falls (Mont.) 6/29.

LHP Bennett Sousa: 2018 stats at Kannapolis: 1 game, 1.2 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 3 K. Promoted from Great Falls 7/15. Tenth-round pick of the White Sox in 2018 out of the Univ. of Virginia. Attended The Benjamin School, North Palm Beach, Fla.

RHP Jake Elliott: 2018 stats: 23 games, 2 saves, 48.2 IP, 39 H, 19 R (17 ER), 5 HR, 2 HB, 12 BB, 56 K, 3.14 ERA, .223 OBA, 1.03 WHIP. This season vs. Hickory: 3 games, 1 save, 7 IP, 4 H, 3 R (3 ER), 2 HR, 4 BB, 7 K. Last game vs. Hagerstown 7/15: 3 IP, 2 H, ER, 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.

SS Nick Madrigal: 2018 stats at Kannapolis: 1 game 3-4, 2B, BB, SB. Promoted from AZL White Sox 7/16. First-round pick (fourth overall) in 2018 out of Oregon St. Univ. Attended Elk Grove (Calif.) HS.

2B Tate Blackman: 2018 stats: .269/.364/.426, 13 2B, 1 3B, 11 HR, 40 BB, 103 K, 3 SB, 4 CS. This season vs. Hickory: 8-for-42, 2B, 3B, HR, 4 BB, 19 K, 1 CS. Last series vs. Hagerstown: 7-for-11, 2B, HR, 3 BB, 2 K, CS. 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: 4th walks, T-6th strikeouts, T-10th games, T-10th RBI

LF Craig Dedalow: 2018 stats: .262/.309/.420, 24 2B, 6 3B, 6 HR, 18 BB, 76 K, 2 CS. This season vs. Hickory: 12-for-48, 5 2B, 3B, 2 BB, 16 K, CS. Last series vs. Hagerstown: 3-for-13, 3B, HR, 4 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: 2nd at-bats, 2nd doubles, T-4th triples, 8th hits, 10th total bases, T-10th games, T-10th RBI 1st assists by an OF (11).

RF Tyler Frost: 2018 stats: .217/.298/.422, 13 2B, 2 3B, 12 HR, 26 BB, 89 K. This season vs. Hickory: 4-for-25, 2B, HR, 2 BB, 10 K. Last series vs. Hagerstown: 5-for-13, 2B, HR, 4 BB, 3 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-10th HR

 

Series Preview: Hickory Crawdads at Charleston (S.C.) RiverDogs July 14-17

Hickory Crawdads (Texas Rangers) (41-48, 11-10, T-3rd SAL North) at Charleston (S.C.) RiverDogs (New York Yankees) (45-43, 12-8 1st SAL South)

The Crawdads travel to Charleston S.C. for a four-game set against the RiverDogs at Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park (“The Joe”)

WHERE IS IT?: Take I-26 East to Hwy.17 South. Turn right onto Lockwood Dr. Follow Lockwood for 1/2 mile. Stadium is on left.

 

BROADCASTS: All games are streamed live on the web through milb.com or the Charleston RiverDogs website.

If You Plan to Go:

GAME TIMES: Saturday 6:05 p.m., Sunday 5:05 p.m. Monday 7:05 p.m., Tuesday 12:05 p.m.

 

PROMOTIONS:

Saturday – Post-Game T-Shirt Toss

Sunday – Dino Day

Monday – National Get Your Dog out of the House Day

Tuesday – Splash Day

TICKETS: $20 Diamond View, $18 Field View, $10 Grandstand, $8 General Admission

PARKING: Lots controlled by the team $5 for non-VIP lots (VIP lots for parking pass holders). Sunday parking is free.

CONCESSIONS: 13 different options for food, including Dave’s Sausage World, Land Shark Tiki-Bar, Chelsea’s Cantina, Pie House, etc.

 

PROBABLES (Hickory/ Charleston)

Saturday: RHP Tyree Thompson vs. RHP Janson Junk

Sunday: RHP Alex Eubanks vs. RHP Alex Mauricio

Monday: RHP Tyler Phillips vs. LHP Reiver Sanmartin

Tuesday: RHP Noah Bremer vs. RHP Deivi Garcia

 

Recent Series History:

The RiverDogs took 3 of 4 from host Hickory earlier this season. Charleston is 8-2 vs. the Crawdads over the last two seasons. Since 2009 and the start of the Rangers-Crawdads affiliation, Hickory is 51-48 overall, but the RiverDogs are 24-23 at home.

 

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

OF Bubba Thompson (No. 6): 2018 stats: .272/.320/.408, 9 2B, 2 3B, 4 HR, 12 BB, 54 K, 15 SB, 2 CS. Last series vs. West Virginia: 3-for-9, HR K, 3 SB. Has reached base in 14 of his last 15 games (20-for-63, 2B, HR, 2 BB), which includes a current, 10-game hitting streak. First-round pick of the Rangers in 2018 out of McGill-Toolen High, Mobile, AL.

OF Pedro Gonzalez (No. 9) 2018 stats: .238/.288/.421, 15 2B, 4 3B, 7 HR, 16 BB, 79 K, 6 SB, 2 CS. Last series vs. West Virginia: 4-for-9, 3B,  K. Obtained by the Rangers in 2017 from the Colorado Rockies for Jonathan Lucroy. Native of Santo Domingo, D.R.

RHP AJ Alexy (No. 16): 2018 stats: 15 games (13 starts), 68.2 IP, 58 H, 42 R (36 ER), 3 HR, 7 HB, 41 BB, 83 K, 4.72 ERA, .232 OBA, 1.44 WHIP. Last start vs. West Virginia 7/13: 5 IP, 7 H, 4 R (4 ER), 2 BB, 7 K. Joined the Crawdads after a trade that sent Yu Darvish to the Dodgers. Originally 11th round pick of Dodgers out of Twin Valley HS, Elverson, Pa. SAL Top-10 Rankings: T-3rd walks, T-5th losses (7), T-7th hit batters.

RF Miguel Aparicio (No. 17): 2018 stats at Hickory: .218/.272/.335, 4 2B, 2 3B, 4 HR, 11 BB, 32 K, 0 SB, 4 CS. Last series vs. West Virginia: 4-for-12, 2B, HR, 3 K Signed with the Rangers as an international free agent in 2015. Native of San Carlos, Venezuela.

C-1B Sam Huff (No. 24): 2018 stats: .231/.291/.388, 14 2B, 9 HR, 15 BB, 81 K, 4 SB. Last series v. West Virginia: 1-for-8, 3 K. Seventh round pick of Rangers in 2016 out of Arcadia HS (Phoenix, Ariz.). Named to the SAL All-Star Game.

RHP Tyler Phillips (No. 29): 2018 stats: 15 games (15 starts) 88 IP, 86 H, 35 R (32 ER), 3 HR, 3 HB, 10 BB, 85 K, 3.427 ERA, .254 OBA, 1.09 WHIP. Last start 7/9 at Delmarva: 7 IP, 3 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 11 K. In his last 26 starts stretch to 6/23/17 at Spokane 151.2 IP, 17 BB, 158 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: 2nd walks-per-9-inning ratio among starters (1.02), T-10th wins (6). Named to the SAL All-Star Game.

 

Others to watch – Hickory:

RHP Tyree Thompson: 15 games (13 starts), 68.1 IP, 79 H, 53 R, 41 ER, 12 HR, 3 HB, 25 BB, 40 K, 5.40 ERA, .289 OBA, 1.52 WHIP. Last game at Delmarva 7/7: 2/3 IP, 4 H, 6 R (6 ER), 2 HR, 3 BB. Twenty-sixth round pick of the Rangers in 2016 out of Edna Karr HS, New Orleans. SAL Top-10 Rankings: T-5th losses (7), T-5th home runs allowed, T-8th runs allowed.

RHP Alex Eubanks: 15 games (14 starts), 78.2 IP, 90 H, 51 R (50 ER), 12 HR, 4 HB, 19 BB, 81 K, 5.72 ERA, .288 OBA, 1.39 WHIP. Last start at Delmarva 7/8: 7 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K. Fourteenth-round pick of the Rangers in 2017 out of Clemson. Attended Byrnes High in Moore, S.C. SAL Top-10 Rankings: 3rd earned runs allowed, T-5th home runs allowed, T-10th hits allowed.

RHP Noah Bremer: 2018 stats: 9 games (9 starts), 41.1 IP, 45 H, 22 R (19 ER), 5 HR, 13 BB, 41 K, 4.14 ERA, .278 OBA, 1.40 WHIP. Last start vs. West Virginia 7/11: 6 IP, 5 H, 3 R (3 ER), 2 HR, 3 BB, 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: 22 games, 2 saves, 36.1 IP, 19 H, 9 R (9 ER), 1 HR, 23 BB, 65 K, 2.23 ERA, .156 OBA, 1.16 WHIP. Last game vs. West Virginia 7/13: 3 IP, 1 BB, 5 K. Last 7 outings: 14.1 IP, 3 H, 4 BB, 30 Ks. 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 (16.10), 2nd lowest OBA among relievers (.156).

RHP Joe Barlow: 2018 stats: 24 games, 2 saves, 39 IP, 14 H, 14 R (11 ER), 35 BB, 58 K, 2.54 ERA, .117 BA, 1.26 WHIP. Last game 7/11 vs. West Virginia: 2 IP, 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 (.117), 2nd SAL among relievers Ks per 9 IP ratio (13.38), 10th walks.

RHP Royce Bollinger: 2018 at SS-A Spokane: 7 games (1 start), 14.1 IP, 18 H, 7 R (5 ER), 2 HB, 3 BB, 20 K, 3.14 ERA, .321 OBA, 1.47 WHIP. Called up to Hickory 7/14. Sixth-round pick of the Rangers in 2012 out of Gonzaga Univ. Attended Chaparral HS, Scottsdale, Ariz. Was an outfielder in the Rangers system through 2017 at AA Frisco.

C Yohel Pozo: 2018 stats: .246/.297/.384, 11 2B, 1 3B, 8 HR, 18 BB, 33 K. Last series vs. West Virginia: 0-for-2, BB. 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 (8.79).

IF Ryan Dorow: 2018 stats: .292/.360/.448, 10 2B, 3B, 10 HR, 22 BB, 72 K, 4 SB, 2 CS. Last series vs. West Virginia: 3-for-12, HR, 2 BB, 4 K. Thirtieth-round pick of the Rangers in 2017 out of Adrian College (MI). Attended South Haven (MI) HS. SAL Top-10 Rankings: 10th batting avg.

2B-SS Yonny Hernandez: 2018 stats (Hickory only): .248/.366/.310, 7 2B, 3 3B, 38 BB, 39 K, 21 SB, 5 CS. Last series vs. West Virginia: 2-for-11, 2B, BB, 2 K, SB. Signed with the Rangers as an international free agent in 2014. Native of Maturin, Venezuela. SAL Top-10 Rankings: T1st sacrifice bunts (12), T-3rd stolen bases, 9th walks.

1B Tyreque Reed: 2018 stats: .271/.322/.448, 16 2B, 6 HR, 11 BB, 63 K. Last series vs. West Virginia: 6-for-12, 2 2B, 4 K. Has 7 multi-hit tallies in his last 9 games (17-37) and 10 in the second half. Eighth-round pick of the Rangers in 2017 out of Itawamba Community College in Mississippi. Attended Houlka (MS) HS.

 

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

RHP Deivi Garcia (No. 14): 2018 stats: 5 games (5 starts) 24.1 IP, 23 H, 14 R (12 ER), 3 HR, 2 HB, 6 BB, 37 K, 4.44 ERA, .242 OBA, 1.19 WHIP. Last start vs. Delmarva 7/11: 4.1 IP, 4 H, 5 R (4 ER), 2 HR, 4 BB, 6 K. Signed by the Yankees as an international free agent in 2015. Native of Bonao, Dominican Republic.

3B Dermis Garcia (No. 20): 2018 stats: .222/.297/.431, 9 2B, 3B, 8 HR, 18 BB, 62 K. Last series vs. Delmarva: 3-for-8, HR, 5 K. Signed with the Yankees as an international free agent in 2014. Native of Santo Domingo, D.R.

Others to watch-Charleston:

RHP Janson Junk: 2018 stats: 9 games (7 starts), 45.1 IP, 40 H, 23 R (22 ER), 5 HR, 2 HB, 14 BB, 32 K, 4.37 ERA, .235 OBA, 1.19 WHIP. Last start at Columbia 7/7: 5.2 IP, 4 H, 4 R (4 ER), 3 BB, 3 K, 1 HR. Twenty-second round pick of the Yankees in 2017 out of Seattle Univ. Attended Decatur HS, Federal Way, Wash.

RHP Alex Mauricio: 2018 stats at SS-A Staten Island (NY): 4 games (4 starts), 21 IP, 16 H, 9 R (5 ER), 2 HB, 6 BB, 21 K, 2.14 ERA, .211 OBA, 1.05 WHIP. First start with Charleston. Twenty-seventh round pick of the Yankees in 2017 out of Norfolk (Va.) State. Attended Manchester HS, Midlothian, Va.

LHP Reiver Sanmartin: 2018 stats with Charleston: 2 games (2 starts), 10 IP, 9 H, 6 R (4 ER), 2 HB, 1 BB, 7 K, 3.60 ERA, .237 OBA, 1.00 WHIP. Last start at Columbia 7/9: 5 IP, 2 H, 2 R (1 ER), 1 HB, 1 BB, 3 K. Traded to the Yankees from the Rangers 11/20/17 for RHP Ronald Herrera. Pitched for Hickory in 2017. Originally signed with the Rangers as an international free agent in 2015. Native of Cartagena, Columbia.

RHP Kyle Zurak: 2018 stats: 22 games, 8 saves, 39.1 IP, 31 H, 13 R (12 ER), 1 HR, 3 HB, 10 BB, 40 K, 2.75 ERA, .215 OBA, 1.04 WHIP. Last game vs. Delmarva 7/13: 3 IP, 2 H, 2 K. Eighth-round pick of the Yankees in 2017 out of Radford (Va.) Univ. Attended Williamsville (N.Y.) North. SAL Top-10 Rankings: 7th saves.

RHP Braden Bristo: 2018 stats: 22 games 6 saves, 35.1 IP, 26 H, 7 R (5 ER), 2 HB, 11 BB, 44 K, 1.27 ERA, .203 OBA, 1.05 WHIP. Twenty-third round pick of the Yankees in 2016 out of Louisiana Tech. Attended Ouachita Christian, Monroe, La. SAL Top-10 Rankings: 5th K-per-9 IP ratio among relivers (11.21).

Series Preview: West Virginia Power at Hickory Crawdads July 11-13

West Virginia Power (Pittsburgh Pirates) (47-37, 10-8 T-2nd SAL North), at Hickory Crawdads (Texas Rangers) (39-47, 9-9, T-4th SAL North)

If You Plan to Go:

GAME TIMES: Wednesday-Friday 7 p.m.

 

PROMOTIONS:

Wednesday – World Record Wednesday

Thursday – Thirsty Thursday, Sandlot 25th Anniversary

Friday –Post-game Fireworks, 40th Anniversary Halloween, Halloween T-Shirt Giveaway (First 1,000 fans)

 

 

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

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

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 (West Virginia/ Hickory)

Thursday: RHP Hunter Stratton vs. RHP Noah Bremer

Friday: RHP Cody Bolton vs. RHP Reid Anderson

Saturday: Travis MacGregor vs. RHP AJ Alexy

 

Recent Series History:

West Virginia has dominated the series in 2018 with a 14-5 record against Hickory. which includes a 7-3 mark at L.P. Frans Stadium. The Power swept the Crawdads in three-straight to open the second half.

 

About the Crawdads:

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

OF Bubba Thompson (No. 6): 2018 stats: .269/.319/.394, 9 2B, 2 3B, 3 HR, 12 BB, 53 K, 12 SB, 2 CS. This season vs. West Virginia: 6-for-32, 2 2B, 4 BB, 7 K, 2 SB. Last series at Delmarva: 3-for-11, 3 K, SB. Has reached base in 12 of his last 13 games (17-for-54, 2B, 2 BB). First-round pick of the Rangers in 2018 out of McGill-Toolen High, Mobile, AL.

OF Pedro Gonzalez (No. 9) 2018 stats: .229/.283/.411, 15 2B, 3 3B, 7 HR, 16 BB, 78 K, 6 SB, 2 CS. This season vs. West Virginia: 16-for-58, 5 BB, 14 K, 2 SB. Last series at Delmarva: 3-for-13, 2B, 3B 5 K. Obtained by the Rangers in 2017 from the Colorado Rockies for Jonathan Lucroy. Native of Santo Domingo, D.R.

RHP AJ Alexy (No. 16): 2018 stats: 14 games (12 starts), 63.2 IP, 51 H, 38 R (32 ER), 3 HR, 7 HB, 39 BB, 76 K, 4.52 ERA, .224 OBA, 1.41 WHIP. This season vs. West Virginia: 4 starts, 19 IP, 16 H, 14 R (12 ER), 2 HR, 1 HB, 9 BB, 24 K. Last start at Kannapolis 7/5: 6 IP, 4 H, 2 R (2 ER), 2 BB, 2 K. Joined the Crawdads after a trade that sent Yu Darvish to the Dodgers. Originally 11th round pick of Dodgers out of Twin Valley HS, Elverson, Pa. SAL Top-10 Rankings: T-3rd walks, T-5th losses (7), T-7th hit batters.

RF Miguel Aparicio (No. 17): 2018 stats at Hickory: .209/.263/.310, 3 2B, 2 3B, 3 HR, 11 BB, 29 K, 0 SB, 4 CS. This season vs. West Virginia: 5-for-26, 2 HR, 4 K, CS Last series at Delmarva: 4-for-13, K. Signed with the Rangers as an international free agent in 2015. Native of San Carlos, Venezuela. Assigned to Hickory 6/29 after a two-weak stint at short-season Spokane. He is 8-for-37 with a HR, BB and 5 Ks in nine games since his return.

C-1B Sam Huff (No. 24): 2018 stats: .234/.296/.397, 14 2B, 9 HR, 15 BB, 80 K, 4 SB. This season vs. West Virginia: 7-for-42, 2B, HR, 5 BB, 11 K. Last series at Delmarva: 3-for-10, 2B, 2 BB, 5 K. Seventh round pick of Rangers in 2016 out of Arcadia HS (Phoenix, Ariz.). Named to the SAL All-Star Game.

RHP Tyler Phillips (No. 29): 2018 stats: 15 games (15 starts) 88 IP, 86 H, 35 R (32 ER), 3 HR, 3 HB, 10 BB, 85 K, 3.427 ERA, .254 OBA, 1.09 WHIP. Not scheduled to pitch in the series. Last start 7/9 at Delmarva: 7 IP, 3 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 11 K. In his last 26 starts stretch to 6/23/17 at Spokane 151.2 IP, 17 BB, 158 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: 2nd walks-per-9-inning ratio among starters (1.02), 10th innings pitched. Named to the SAL All-Star Game.

 

Others to watch – Hickory:

RHP Noah Bremer: 2018 stats: 8 games (8 starts), 35.1 IP, 40 H, 19 R (16 ER), 3 HR, 10 BB, 36 K, 4.08 ERA, .284 OBA, 1.42 WHIP. Last game vs. Greensboro 7/4: 6 IP, 4 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 HR, 2 BB, 6 K. This season vs. West Virginia: 2 starts, 9 IP, 7 H, 5 R (1 ER), 3 BB, 12 K. Sixth-round pick of the Rangers in 2017 out of the Univ. of Washington. Attended Berkeley (Calif.) HS.

RHP Reid Anderson: 2018 stats: 13 games (11 starts), 64 IP, 56 H, 31 R (27 ER), 1 HR, 3 HB, 19 BB, 56 K, 3.80 ERA, .233 OBA, 1.17 WHIP. This season vs. West Virginia: 4 starts, 21.1 IP, 20 H, 14 R (12 ER), 2 HB, 7 BB, 19 K. Last start 7/4 at Kannapolis: 6 IP, 3 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 8 K. Seventeenth-round pick of the Rangers in 2016 out of Millersville (Pa.) Univ. Attended New Egypt (N.J.) HS.

RHP DeMarcus Evans: 2018 stats: 21 games, 2 saves, 33.1 IP, 19 H, 9 R (9 ER), 1 HR, 22 BB, 60 K, 2.43 ERA, .168 OBA, 1.23 WHIP. This season vs. West Virginia: 4 games, 7 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 17 K. Last game at Delmarva 7/9: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 5 K. Last 7 outings: 11.1 IP, 3 H, 3 BB, 25 Ks. Twenty-fifth round pick of the Rangers in 2015 out of Petal HS (MS).

RHP Joe Barlow: 2018 stats: 23 games, 2 saves, 37 IP, 13 H, 14 R (11 ER), 35 BB, 54 K, 2.68 ERA, .123 BA, 1.32 WHIP. This season vs. West Virginia : 4 games, 6.1 IP, 2 H, 2 R (1 ER), 8 BB, 10 K. Last game 7/8 at Delmarva: 1 IP, 3 H, 1 R (1 ER), 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 (.103), 3rd SAL among relievers Ks per 9 IP ratio (13.14), T-9th walks.

C Yohel Pozo: 2018 stats: .248/.294/.387, 11 2B, 1 3B, 8 HR, 17 BB, 33 K. This season vs. West Virginia: 15-for-53, 2 2B, 3B, HR, BB, 4 K. Last series at Delmarva: 1-for-8. 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 (8.67).

IF Ryan Dorow: 2018 stats: .295/.361/.456, 10 2B, 3B, 9 HR, 20 BB, 68 K, 4 SB, 2 CS. This season vs. West Virginia: 14-for-48, 2 2B, HR, 2 BB, 11 K, SB, CS. Last series at Delmarva: 5-for-13, 2B, 3B, 3 K. Had a 20-game, on-base streak stopped 7/1. Thirtieth-round pick of the Rangers in 2017 out of Adrian College (MI). Attended South Haven (MI) HS.

2B-SS Yonny Hernandez: 2018 stats (Hickory only): .250/.367/.314, 6 2B, 3 3B, 33 BB, 34 K, 18 SB, 5 CS. This season vs. West Virginia: 6-for-38, 2B, 8 BB, 9 K, 2 SB CS. Last series at Delmarva: 3-for-9, K, 2 SB. Signed with the Rangers as an international free agent in 2014. Native of Maturin, Venezuela. SAL Top-10 Rankings: T1st sacrifice bunts (11), 4th stolen bases, 8th walks, 10th on-base pct.

1B Tyreque Reed: 2018 stats: .256/.311/.433, 14 2B, 6 HR, 11 BB, 59 K. This season vs. West Virginia: 7-for-26, HR, 3 BB, 6 K. Last series at Delmarva: 4-for-11, 2 2B, BB, 3 K. Has 8 multi-hit tallies in his last 7 games. Eighth-round pick of the Rangers in 2017 out of Itawamba Community College in Mississippi. Attended Houlka (MS) HS.

About the Power:

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

CF Lolo Sanchez (No. 8): 2018 stats: .233/.309/.335, 13 2B, 1 3B, 3 HR, 25 BB, 50 K, 16 SB, 7 CS. This season vs. Hickory: 8-for-42, 2B, HR, 5 BB, 13 K, 3 SB, CS. Last series vs. Hagerstown: 0-for-6, 3 BB, K. Signed with the Pirates as an international free agent in 2015. Native of Santo Domingo, D.R. SAL Top-10 Rankings: T-8th steals.

SS Oneil Cruz (No. 12): 2018 stats: .304/.364/.511, 51 R, 17 2B, 7 3B, 11 HR, 53 RBI, 29 BB, 79 K, 9 SB, 2 CS. This season vs. Hickory: 16-for-53, 3 2B, 4 HR, 8 BB, 13 K, 2 SB. Last series vs. Hagerstown: 3-for-10, HR, 3 BB, K, SB. Traded to the Pirates last summer for former Crawdads LHP Tony Watson. Signed as an international free agent by the L.A. Dodgers in 2015. Native of Nizao, D.R. SAL Top-10 Rankings: T-2nd 3B, 3rd total bases, T-4th hits, T-4th RBI, 4th OPS (.876), 5th batting avg., 6th runs, T-7th at-bats, 7th OBP, 7th slugging pct. T-9th HR.

RF Calvin Mitchell (No. 15): 2018 stats: .304/.368/.487, 18 2B, 3 3B, 8 HR, 25 BB, 66 K, 4 SB. CS. This season vs. Hickory: 10-for-39, 1 2B, 1 HR, 3 BB, 12 K. Last series vs. Hagerstown: 1-for-7, 2B, BB, K. Second-round pick of the Pirates in 2017 out of Rancho Bernardo (Calif.) HS. Native of San Diego. SAL Top-10 Rankings: 6th batting avg., 9th OBP. Named to SAL All-Star Game.

RHP: Travis McGregor (No. 23): 2018 stats: 9 games (9 starts), 39 IP, 39 H, 21 R (11 ER), 2 HR, 4 HB, 9 BB, 55 K, 2.54 ERA, .252 OBA, 1.23 WHIP. This season vs. Hickory: 2 starts: 10 IP, 6 H, 2 R (1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 8 K. Last start 7/8 vs. Hagerstown: 5 IP, 3 H, 2 R, HB, BB, 6 K. Second-round pick of the Pirates in 2016 out of East Lake HS, Tarpon Springs, FL.0

C Deon Stafford (No. 29): 2018 stats: .255/.319/.398, 12 2B, 3 3B, 5 HR, 18 BB, 68 K. This season vs. Hickory: 12-for-39, 2 2B, 3B, 5 BB, 13 K. Fifth-round pick of the Pirates in 2016 out of St. Joseph’s Univ. (Pa.) Native of Hummelstown, Pa. Attended Lower Dauphin HS. Named to SAL All-Star Game.

 

Others to watch- West Virginia:

RHP Hunter Stratton: 2018 stats: 13 games (11 starts), 55.2 IP, 56 H, 42 R (35 ER), 7 HR, 3 HB, 31 BB, 56 K, 5.66 ERA, .265 OBA, 1.56 WHIP. This season vs. Hickory: 10 IP, 7 H, 4 R (4 ER), 1 HR, 3 BB, 9 K. Last start 7/6 vs. Lexington: 5 IP, 5 H, 4 R (4 ER), HR, 3 BB, 5 K. Sixteenth-round pick of the Pirates in 2017 out of Walters State (TN) CC. Attended Sullivan East (Bristol, TN). SAL Top-10 Rankings: 1st wild pitches (16).

RHP Cody Bolton: 2018 stats: 7 games (7 starts): 34.1 IP, 32 H, 12 R (12 ER), 3 HR, 1 HB, 5 BB, 33 K, 3.15 ERA, .242 OBA, 1.13 WHIP. This season vs. Hickory: 4.1 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 7 K. Last start 7/7 vs. Hagerstown: 6 IP, 6 H, 3 R (3 ER), 1 HR, 4 K. Twentieth-round pick of the Pirates in 2017 out of Tracy (CA) HS.

LF Chris Sharpe: 2018 stats: .264/.367/.368, 11 2B, 2 3B, 4 HR, 38 BB, 92 K, 10 SB, 4 CS. This season vs. Hickory: 20-for-55, 4 2B, 2 3B, HR, 5 BB, 16 K, 5 SB. Last series vs. Hagerstown: 0-for-11, 7 K. Fourteenth-round pick of the Pirates in 2017 out of Univ. of Massachusetts-Lowell. Native of Burlington, Mass., attended Bridgton (Mass.) Academy. SAL Top-10 Rankings: 4th BB, T-4th games played (80), 10th K.

RHP Beau Sulser: 2018 stats: 20 games, 4 saves, 34.1 IP, 30 H, 11 R (9 ER), 2 HR, 2 HR, BB, 37 K. This season vs. Hickory: Save, 8.2 IP, 5 H, 2 R (1 ER), HB, 11 K. Last outing 7/9 vs. Hagerstown: 2 IP, H, 2 K. Tenth-round pick of the Pirates in 2017 out of Dartmouth. Attended Ramona HS, Santa Ysabel, CA. SAL Top-10 Rankings: 1st walks to 9 IP ratio among relievers (0.26), 4th baserunners per 9 IP ratio (8.65).

3B Jesse Medrano: 2018 stats: .257/.325/.400, 2 2B, HR, 2 BB, 6 K, SB. This season vs. Hickory: 1-for-9, 2 K. This season vs. Hickory: 1-for-9, 2 K. Last series vs. Hagerstown: 3-for-9, HR, BB, 2 K, SB. Thirty-first round pick of the Pirates in 2017 out of Fresno (CA) State. Attended Clayton Valley HS (Concord , CA).