Elvis is indeed here, and in the building. The Dickey-Stephens building that is. 19 year old, #1 Texas Ranger shortstop prospect Elvis Andrus is back in town with the Frisco Roughriders for a three game set.
Of the four writers who rate and compile the Top 50 prospects overall for Baseball America, the Maracay, Venezuela native's rating comes out at an average of 22.
There was a scary moment for Andrus and the whole Ranger organization collectively in the top of the fourth of Sunday's contest when Traveler starting pitcher Fernado Rodriguez hit Elvis on the hand a moment after the picture of his at-bat was taken above. It hit him on his right throwing hand and reminded me of almost exactly how Alfonso Soriano got put on the D.L. for the Cubs.
After the game he showed me his hand, which had a knot on it the size of a golf ball. But he said he was fine, and wouldn't need X-rays. Apparently so because he could still sign an autograph with the sore right hand, and trust me his signature is that bad good hand or not.
Speaking of the fourth inning of Sunday's game, to say the Travs had a meltdown would be putting it mildly. Frisco's at bat in the top of the inning by my estimation was at leat thirty minutes long, possibly longer. 14 men went to the plate. 7 runs were scored on 6 hits(1 double); 1 error; 1 hit batsman; 3 walks; 1 wild pitch; 1 sac. fly; and 3 were left on base. Both starter Rodriguez and reliever Aaron Cook contributed to the carnage.
No matter how many times you look down there the unbelievable circumstance of Frisco hitting coach, Scott Coolbaugh standing in almost the exact spot of the first base box where his brother Mike got killed almost a year ago, is chilling.
Because of Coolbaugh's death all baseline coaches throughout professional baseball are now required to wear helmets while in the box.
It was strange to see the Trav's top hitter and normally an outfielder, Brian Stavisky at first for Sunday's contest.
Normal 1st baseman Michael Collins is on the D.L. causing the re-shuffling. Maybe it's time to consider bringing up Rancho 1st baseman Mark Trumbo, who is having a spectacular season in the California League, and who also has been on a home run tear.
Speaking of the California League, I was speaking with a Rancho Cucamonga front office staff member earlier this afternoon while checking out something, and he told me he had just gotten an email reporting Traveler replacement shortstop, Wil Ortiz was being returned to the Quakes. That would coincide with regular shortstop and #11 Angel prospect Hainley Statia telling me yesterday before the first game of the Frisco series, he would be coming off the D.L. today. So look for Statia back in the starting lineup tonight.
And fianally, what's the deal with Texas League teams like Midland and Frisco not having #'s of the front of the player's uniforms?
It makes it impossible to pick out who they are for autographs and impossible for fans to know who they are on the field, unless their back is turned.
The League ought to seriously consider instituting a rule making it mandatory for teams to have player's #'s on both sides of the uniform.
Post by Lonesome Traveler