The talent in Frisco continues to get noticed nationally.
Baseball Prospectus released its midseason “BP Top 50” prospects list, with the Double-A Roughriders well represented.
Outfielder Lewis Brinson and pitcher Luis Ortiz made the list. Third baseman Joey Gallo and pitcher Yohander Mendez, playing at Triple-A Round Rock, rounded out the four players named from the Texas Rangers organization.
Brinson, ranked 22nd, has seven home runs, four triples and nine doubles for Frisco, despite hitting .219 in 53 games. The 22-year old showed his potential last season, hitting .322 across three different levels. Brinson was a first round pick by the Rangers in the 2012 draft and was ranked 15th by Baseball Prospectus entering the season.
Mendez is 47th on the list after going 3-0 with a 2.73 ERA in six starts with the Roughriders. The 21-year old lefty is a changeup specialist, striking out 28 in 29.2 innings in Frisco. Mendez was recently promoted to Triple-A, making his debut with Round Rock on Tuesday. He threw five shutout innings against New Orleans.
Right behind Mendez at 48th is Ortiz. The righty is 1-4 with Frisco in seven starts, but has a 3.84 ERA and has struck out 28 in 33 innings. The 20-year old righty was a first round draft pick by the Rangers in 2014.
Gallo was the highest-ranked Rangers prospect on this list. The 22-year old left-handed slugger has 14 home runs and 34 RBIs in 54 games with Round Rock. He has 141 career minor league home runs, including 30 with Frisco.
Written by C. James