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 Rangers organization.
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Brinson, ranked 22, 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 47 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 48 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 at number 12. 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.