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Today's Matchups Around the Ranger's System

Today's (5/20) Match-Ups Around the Ranger's System

Round Rock: Martin Perez (3-3 5.27) vs. Fresno Grizzlies: Andrew Kown (3-1 2.61) @ 1:00 PM CT

Myrtle Beach: Kyle Hendricks (1-4 2.91) @ Wilmington Blue Rocks: Sugar Ray Marimon (3-0 2.65) @ 12:30 PM CT

Hickory : Santo Perez (2-2 6.19) @ Asheville Tourists: Daniel Winkler (4-2 6.06) @ 1:05 PM CT

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Texas League Best of the Best: Left Field

Team Rankings

1. Corpus Christi Hooks

Statistics: .303/.369/.492/.861 59 Extra Base Hits 99 RBI 74 Runs 55 BB- 95 K

The Corpus Christi Hooks began the season with J.D. Martinez taking the field in left field, but by the middle of the year Martinez was promoted to Houston and from there Brandon Barnes and Jake Goebbert took over most of the playing time in the second half. Martinez used a .348 average, .412 on base percentage, and .577 slugging percentage along with 36 extra base hits and 64 RBI in 72 games to get the promotion to the big league club. After productive time in the major leagues (.274/.319/.423/.742), Martinez looks like he will remain the starting left fielder for the Astros going forward. Jake Goebbert played left field for 31 games as well and batted .283/.377/.453/.830 over 123 plate appearances. Brandon Barnes chipped in a .237/.306/.382/.687 batting line over 20 games (86 plate appearances), while Adam Bailey, David Flores, Andrew Simunic, Jon Gaston, and James Van Ostrand combined for 25 games played as well.

2. San Antonio Missions

Statistics: .232/.367/.409/.777 53 Extra Base Hits 92 RBI 101 Runs 106 BB-144 K

In April there was no hotter hitter in the Texas League than Jaff Decker. The 21 year old outfielder batted .316/.449/.759/1.208 for the month of April with 17 extra base hits and 27 RBI over 21 games. Over the final four full months of Texas League play, however, Decker played cat and mouse with terrible and above average having OPS's of .593-.875-.554-.838 over that time. After hitting 8 homeruns in the 1st month of the season, Decker hit 11 over the final 4+ months. He still finished with a solid season overall (.222/.361/.408/.769 with 91 BB-128 K and 15 SB-20 SBA), but nothing like the machine he looked like out of the gate. Daniel Robertson also saw playing time in left field for 17 games and batted .333/.440/.452/.892 over 51 plate appearances. Dean Anna, James Darnell, Kyle Blanks, Oscar Garcia, Andy Parrino, and Danny Payne combined for 17 games played.

3. Springfield Cardinals

Statistics: .282/.351/.458/.809 48 Extra Base Hits 62 RBI 88 Runs 52 BB-109 K

The Springfield Cardinals used 10 different left fielders during the 2011 season with none of them getting more than 37 games played in left field. Five of the ten outfielders had at least 10 games played as well. Chris Swauger led the Cardinals with 37 games played and batted .287/.338/.434/.772 over 134 plate appearances. Eric Duncan proved to be the most productive of Springfield's left fielders as the former top prospect of the New York Yankees batted .303/.360/.590/.950 when he trotted out to left field. He had 16 extra base hits in 136 plate appearances. Jermaine Curtis was the third member of the 100 plate appearance club as he batted .312/.398/.419/.817 over 110 plate appearances with more walks (13) than strikeouts (9). Daryl Jones batted .295/.348/.508/.857 in his 66 plate appearances (17 games) in left field, while Jose Garcia (12 games) was the 5th player with at least 10 games and batted .263/.333/.447/.780 during that time. Tyler Henley, Aaron Luna, Charles Cutler, Alan Ahmady, and Allen Craig combined for 26 games as well.

4. Northwest Arkansas Naturals

Statistics: .287/.351/.421/.772 37 Extra Base Hits 68 RBI 77 Runs 50 BB-96 K

Former Frisco RoughRider Tim Smith led the Northwest Arkansas Naturals left fielders in games played in 2011 with 34 and batted .344/.398/.574/.972 over 134 plate appearances for the Naturals. Anthony Seratelli was the only other player to have 100 or more plate appearances for the Naturals in left field as he had 110. Seratelli batted .247/.336/.320/.656 over the time as well. Nick Francis hit .293/.341/.390/.731 over 93 plate appearances during 27 games played, while Nick Van Stratten batted just .179/.258/.286/.544 over 25 games (63 plate appearances). Brazilian native Paulo Orlando batted .347/.392/.583/.976 during 19 games in left field and stole 6 bases in 8 attempts. Derrick Robinson added even more speed as the switch handed hitter batted .268/.328/.268/.596 but stole 13 bases in 16 attempts over 14 games in left field. Top prospect Wil Myers chipped in 6 games of his own in left field as well.

5. Tulsa Drillers

Statistics: .251/.310/.433/.743 49 Extra Base Hits 71 RBI 77 Runs 37 BB-103 K

Scott Beerer started 73 games in left field for the Tulsa Drillers and batted .292/.334/.466/.800 over 300 plate appearances with 27 extra base hits and 36 RBI. The rest of the left fielders, however, were not so great. Mike Mitchell had the 2nd most games in left field for the Drillers with 41, but batted just .180 with a .264 on base percentage and .305 slugging percentage during that time. In 145 plate appearances, Mitchell had 9 extra base hits and 16 RBI. Brian Rike batted .214/.267/.529/.796 over 75 plate appearances as he had 8 extra base hits, including 7 homeruns. However, he walked 4 times to 30 strikeouts. Mike Daniel, Bronson Kiheimahanaomauiakeo Sardinha, and James Cesario combined for 15 games in left field as well.

6. Midland Rockhounds

Statistics: .277/.357/.379/.737 37 Extra Base Hits 65 RBI 73 Runs 57 BB-97 K

Local Dallas product Matt Sulentic led the Midland Rockhounds in games played in left field with 54 and batted .292/.340/.363/.703 with 9 extra base hits over 245 plate appearances. Shane Peterson appeared in left field for 35 games as well and batted .260/.378/.389/.768 over 156 plate appearances. Adam Heether shows up for the fourth time on Midland's positions as he had 30 games and 119 plate appearances in left field. Heether batted .287/.387/.436/.823 as a left fielder. He has had 100+ plate appearances at both second base and left field. Kent Walton also saw 24 games in left field and hit .250 with a .649 OPS in 89 plate appearances. Jose Rivero had 1 game in left field to round out the Midland Rockhounds.

7. Frisco RoughRiders

Statistics: .250/.301/.415/.716 54 Extra Base Hits 74 RBI 83 Runs 29 BB-115 K

The least patient team in left field in the Texas League in 2011, the Frisco RoughRiders were led in games played by Mike Bianucci with 54 games played. Over 236 plate appearances in left field, Bianucci batted .218/.263/.473/.735 with 28 extra base hits and 42 RBI. He had just 8 walks to 56 strikeouts though. Travis Adair and Mitch Hilligoss each spent time in Myrtle Beach and each had 27 games played in left field for Frisco. Adair batted just .229/.270/.284/.554, while Hilligoss batted .257/.288/.371/.659. Jonathan Greene was the most productive left fielder for Frisco as he batted .408/.491/.612/1.103 in left field. However, he did only have 14 games and 57 plate appearances there. David Paisano, Engel Beltre, top prospect Leonys Martin, and Guilder Rodriguez combined for 20 games in left field as well.

8. Arkansas Travelers

Statistics: .227/.310/.372/.683 45 Extra Base Hits 59 RBI 69 Runs 54 BB-123 K

The least productive group of left fielders in the Texas League, the Arkansas Travelers were led by Clay Fuller, Chris Pettit, and Roberto Lopez for much of the season. Fuller led the Travelers with 54 games played (181 plate appearances) and batted .231/.294/.350/.644 in left field. He had just 9 extra base hits and 18 RBI. Pettit was the least productive of the trio as he hit just .183 with a .269 on base percentage and .303 slugging percentage over 163 plate appearances. Roberto Lopez had a productive 28 games in left field, however, as he hit .303/.395/.525/.920 over 115 plate appearances with 16 extra base hits. Blake Gailen, Ryan Mount, Chris Giovinazzo, Rian Kiniry, Marvin Lowrance, Gabe Jacobo, and #1 prospect Mike Trout combined for 29 games played in left field as well.

Previous Positions:
First Base
Second Base
Third Base
Left Field
Center Field
Right Field
Designated Hitter
Starting Pitcher

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