It was not a good week to be a pitcher in the Texas League. Bats are heating up along with the weather in Texas.
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim top prospect Kaleb Cowart is in the midst of a seven game hitting streak, and had a three game home run streak snapped on Sunday. His three consecutive games with a home run now give him four on the year, and in his seven game hit streak, he has tallied 13 hits, raising his batting average to .271 after getting off to a slow start.
Max Muncy is also in the midst of a hit streak, his is now at nine games, where he has added five walks to the 14 hits during the streak and has struck out just twice. After showing some solid power at High-A, Muncy does not have just six home runs 75 games at the Double-A level after a late season promotion in 2013. His hit tool is far better than his power tool, and he is a solid defender at first, making him a solid future option on the heavy side of a first base platoon in Oakland.
While Jonathan Rodriguez is not in the middle of hit streak, he has only seen a single game over the past ten games where he failed to reach base. he has 16 hits over his last nine games with six doubles.
While the hitters have been the starts in the Texas League recently, there have been some decent pitching performances. Jerad Eickhoff shut down San Antonio on the 30th, going 7.1 innings while allowing just two hits and the only run he allowed was unearned. He walked just one batter while striking out seven.
Alec Asher also put in seven innings while striking out seven and allowing no runs against Midland, which helped lower his high ERA to a somewhat respectable 4.41.