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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

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Texas League Best of the Best: Shortstop

Team Rankings

1. San Antonio Missions

Statistics: .272/.348/.459/.807 56 Extra Base Hits 93 RBI 77 Runs 55 BB-120 K

At a position where the Texas League struggled to get stellar production from, the San Antonio Missions still got good production. Beamer Weems led the team with 77 games appeared at shortstop and hit .246/.331/.415/.746 with 27 extra base hits, 46 RBI, and 38 runs scored over 309 plate appearances. He would have been there longer if not for a horrendous injury that he suffered when he was hit by a pitch in the face on July 5th. Andy Parrino played the second most games at shortstop for the Missions as he appeared in 38 games and hit .326/.413/.582/.995 over 168 plate appearances. He had 17 extra base hits, including 9 homeruns and drove in 32 runs as well. Parrino crushed Frisco pitching in particular as the switch handed hitting infielder hit .347/.484/.673/1.157 against the Riders with 4 of his 9 homeruns over 62 plate appearances. Amadeo Zazueta and Dean Anna each got over 10 games at shortstop as well, while Anthony Contreras, Pat McKenna, and Bryan Altman combined for 11 games at shortstop.

2. Springfield Cardinals

Statistics: .280/.336/.420/.756 51 Extra Base Hits 80 RBI 70 Runs 45 BB-97 K

Ryan Jackson led all shortstops in the Texas League in both games played (134) and plate appearances (599) and helped quiet concerns over his bat that have surrounded him early in his career with a very solid season at the plate. Jackson hit .278/.334/.415/.749 with 48 extra base hits, drove in 73 runs, and scored 65 runs. Jose Garcia, Domnit Bolivar, and Donovan Solano combined for sporadic playing time at shortstop with a combined 9 games played.

3. Tulsa Drillers

Statistics: .245/.299/.433/.732 60 Extra Base Hits 70 RBI 66 Runs 33 BB-126 K

The Tulsa Drillers games leader at shortstop was Hector Gomez, who appeared in 101 games for Tulsa. What the shortstop lacks in patience (just 19 walks over 452 plate appearances), he makes up with a combination of power (42 extra base hits) and speed (16 steals). He led Texas League shortstops in homeruns and triples. He came in 2nd in steals and extra base hits. Thomas Field also saw playing time at shortstop as the 24 year old hit .310/.400/.556/.956 over 34 games (145 plate appearances). Field had 18 extra base hits and 20 RBI during that time as well. Warren Schaeffer, Jeffrey Squier, and Erik Wetzel combined for 6 games at shortstop as well.

4. Corpus Christi Hooks

Statistics: .270/.341/.387/.728 40 Extra Base Hits 47 RBI 86 Runs 53 BB-123 K

Despite being one of the youngest players in the league, Jonathan Villar earned 86 games and 365 plate appearances at shortstop for the Corpus Christi Hooks in 2011. The 20 year old hit .232/.300/.387/.687 over that time with 16 doubles, 2 triples, 10 homeruns, and stole 14 bases in 20 attempts. Wladimir Sutil also saw time at shortstop early in 2011 as he appeared in 39 games at the position and batted .309/.378/.395/.773 over 183 plate appearances. Brandon Wikoff also played 20 games there and had a .422 on base percentage, while Clint Barmes played 2 games there on MLB rehab.

5. Arkansas Travelers

Statistics: .255/.363/.339/.702 27 Extra Base Hits 61 RBI 68 Runs 78 BB-117 K

What the Arkansas Traveler's shortstops lacked in power, they made up for in patience and speed. Darwin Perez saw the majority of playing time at shortstop for the Travelers as he played 117 games there and earned 501 plate appearances. Perez batted .255/.361/.332/.693 with 22 extra base hits, 22 steals in 28 attempts, and walked 65 times to 100 strikeouts. He also had 49 RBI and 59 runs. Jon Townsend was the other Traveler with over 10 games as he played 12 games at shortstop (41 plate appearances) and hit .273/.390/.394/.784. Adam Younger, Dwayne Bailey, and Jesus Campos combined for 13 plate appearances.

6. Frisco RoughRiders

Statistics: .293/.345/.373/.718 31 Extra Base Hits 70 RBI 65 Runs 45 BB-66 K

One of two teams with less than 70 strikeouts from their shortstops, Frisco got solid production from Guilder Rodriguez (75 games) and Renny Osuna (66 games) at shortstop. Don't expect any walkoff homeruns from Guilder Rodriguez, but what he lacks in power he made up for in solid play day in and day out whether it was speed (12 steals in 15 attempts), plate discipline (24 BB-34 K in 293 PA) or contact (.284 hitter). Very similar to Guilder you could expect the same from Frisco's all-time hits leader, Renny Osuna. Osuna batted .301 with a .757 OPS as a shortstop, including 20 extra base hits, 30 RBI, 13 steals in 16 attempts, and 21 BB-30 K in 300 plate appearances. Davis Stoneburner and Jimmy Swift each had a game at shortstop as well.

7. Midland Rockhounds

Statistics: .262/.333/.362/.694 36 Extra Base Hits 63 RBI 70 Runs 56 BB-110 K

Former first round pick Grant Green led the Midland Rockhounds with 79 games at shortstop before he was moved to centerfield in the middle of the season. As a shortstop, Green hit .284/.347/.395/.742 with 27 extra base hits, 41 RBI, and scored 43 runs over 366 plate appearances. Tyler Ladendorf earned playing time at shortstop once Green was moved and appeared in 57 games at shortstop in all. He batted just .228/.312/.307/.619, however, with just 8 extra base hits and 18 RBI over 218 plate appearances. Jason Christian and Wes Timmons combined for 8 games at shortstop as well.

8. Northwest Arkansas Naturals

Statistics: .262/.339/.340/.679 27 Extra Base Hits 59 RBI 78 Runs 57 BB-59 K

Like Midland, the Northwest Arkansas Naturals saw a former first round pick (Christian Colon) spend the most time at shortstop. Colon, who was a first round pick (#4 overall) in 2010 out of Rice, played 99 games at shortstop and had 436 plate appearances in his first full pro season. Colon batted .261/.338/.352/.690 with 20 extra base hits, 47 RBI, stole 15 bases in 22 attempts, and walked more (40 times) than he struck out (36 times). Jeff Bianchi also had 38 games at shortstop and hit .265/.343/.313/.656 over 173 plate appearances. Anthony Seratelli appeared in a game at shortstop as well.

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