Nelson Cruz hit his 5th homer in 7 games and 10th overall Monday night. Cruz is arguably the hottest hitter in baseball with a .458 average and 11 RBIs in just over one week of play.
For stat fans, that projects to 254 RBIs and 115 HRs over the rest of the season at the current pace. He won’t keep that up, of course, but it could be the kind of season that makes Cruz one of the top 3 or 4 hitters in baseball, and one that smashes his 37 home run season as a RedHawk in 2008. The season that re-launched his career.
Strop excited for Feliz: Former RedHawk Neftali Feliz picked up his first major league save just a day after he was named the Rangers closer. Feliz struck out one in his outing.
Current RedHawks closer Pedro Strop said Monday night he was happy for Feliz whom he’s gotten to know well over the past several years. Strop said he admired Feliz’ fastball most, which has topped out at over 100 mph.
On the radar: Speaking of pitchers, Martin Perez should make an appearance in Oklahoma City this year. He’s one of Texas’ top pitching prospects and one of the better pitching prospects in baseball at just 19. He’s currently in Double-A. Here’s some video of Perez working the leg kick.