Evan Carter has been a breakout player for the Texas Rangers during their 2023 postseason run to the World Series.
He made quite the impression early this season at Wolff Stadium.
Playing for the Double-A Frisco Rough Riders, he hit two home runs in one night in the San Antonio Missions’ second home game. He powered Frisco to a 7-1 victory. Leading off and playing center field, Carter went 2-for-3, drove in four runs and walked twice.
The 21-year-old Carter, who was drafted in the second round by the Rangers in 2020, was Texas’ No. 1 prospect in the minor leagues when the 2023 season opened. He spent 97 games with Frisco and batted .353 with 12 home runs and 62 RBIs. Carter played eight games in Triple-A before being called up to the majors on Sept. 8.
The Texas Rangers made a big deal for the second day in a row as the trade deadline looms.
The Rangers acquired starting left-handed pitcher Jordan Montgomery and right-handed reliever from the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday.
Texas sends middle infielder Thomas Saggese, right-handed pitcher and left-handed pitcher John King to St. Louis.
Saggese was the No. 14 prospect in the Rangers minor league organization, according to MLB.com. The 21-year-old was batting .314 with 14 home runs and 78 RBIs in 92 games this season for the Frisco RoughRiders of the Texas League. He was a fifth-round draft pick out of high school in 2020.
On Friday, the Rangers acquired pitcher Max Scherzere from the New York Mets for Frisco infielder Luisangel Acuna, the No. 3 prospect in the Rangers organization.
Frisco RoughRiders shortstop/second baseman Luisangel Acuna is headed to the New York Mets as part of the Texas Rangers’ trade to acquire pitcher Max Scherzer.
Acuna, who has played at Wolff Stadium a number of times this season against the San Antonio Missions, is batting .315 on the season. He has seven home runs and 51 RBIs in 84 games. He also stole 42 bases.
The 21-year-old from Venezuela was the No. 3 prospect in the Rangers’ minor league organization.
Drew Gilbert, the Houston Astros’ top minor-league prospect, moved up and made an instant impact on Wednesday night at Wolff Stadium in San Antonio.
The Corpus Christi Hooks, the Astros’ Double-A farm club, beat the San Antonio Missions 5-2 in the first game of a doubleheader.
Gilbert recorded his first Double-A RBI in an unusual way in his second plate appearance. He reached base on a catcher’s interference with the bases loaded in the third inning to push across the Hooks’ first run of the game.
Gilbert got his first Double-A hit on a double to center in the top of the seventh inning. He batted second in the order and played center field. In the night’s second game, he went 0-for-3 at the plate and played right field.
The 22-year-old Gilbert was a first-round draft pick by the Astros in 2022. He was batting .360 with with 18 RBIs and six home runs in 21 games in Class A before being promoted to Corpus Christi on Tuesday.
– Colin Barber, the No. 3 prospect in the Astros’ system, was the DH and had three hits including a home run and scored three times in the Hooks’ victory. He is batting .304 with three home runs and 14 RBIs in 21 games.
– Will Wagner, the Astros’ No. 12 prospect, played third base and had a hit and a walk.
– Joey Loperfido, the No. 16 prospect, played second base and had a hit, an RBI and a walk.
– Quincy Hamilton, the No. 22 prospect, played right field and had two hits.
– Hooks starter Rhett Kouba is not listed as one of the Astros’ top-30 prospects but pitched 6 1/3 innings for the win to raise his record to 2-1. He allowed two runs on seven hits with no walks and three strikeouts. He is a 23-year-old right-hander who was a 12th-round draft pick in 2021 from Dallas Baptist.
Carter hit two home runs and walked twice while batting in the leadoff spot against the San Antonio Missions on Tuesday at Wolff Stadium. His homers helped power Frisco to a 7-1 victory over San Antonio.
And by the way, Carter plays center field.
Carter is hitting .333 in five games so far this season with six hits and eight RBIs. Carter batted .295 last season at High-A and Double-A combined with 12 home runs and 73 RBIs in 106 games.
A native of Tennessee, the Rangers picked Carter in the second round of the 2020 draft.
Fernando Tatis Jr. of the San Diego Padres played shortstop and batted leadoff for the San Antonio Missions against the Wichita Wind Surge on Sunday, Aug. 7, 2022, at Wolff Stadium. It was his second rehab game.
Tatis finished 0-for-3. He grounded out hard to first base in the first inning. He flied out to center in the third inning. He grounded out to third in the fifth inning after hitting a very long line drive foul down the left-field line.
His most notable defensive play was an over-the-shoulder catch on a fly ball in short left field.
He was replaced in the sixth inning.
Tatis is expected to travel with the Missions on their upcoming road trip, which begins Tuesday in Frisco, Texas.
Ivan Herrera is a 21-year-old catcher from Panama and is the No. 3 prospect in the St. Louis Cardinals organization, according to MLB.com.
Herrera plays for the Double-A Springfield Cardinals, who are currently in the a six-game series against the San Antonio Missions through Sunday at Wolff Stadium.
The 5-foot-11 Herrera was signed as a 16-year-old by the Cardinals in 2016. This season he is batting .213 in Springfield with five home runs and 34 RBIs in 58 games. He played in Class A in 2019, batting .284 with nine home runs and 47 RBIs in 87 games.