South Atlantic League
What: Three-game series
When: Tuesday through Thursday (7 each night)
Where: L.P. Frans Stadium (Hickory, N.C.)
Major League affiliates: Houston Astros (Legends), Texas Rangers
Probable pitchers (Legends listed first): Tuesday, RH Mike Foltynewicz (14-3, 2.67) vs. RH Nick Martinez (7-6, 4.51); Wednesday, LH Luis Cruz (9-7, 4.07) vs. RH Jerad Eickhoff (12-7, 4.73); Thursday, RH Jonas Dufek (6-4, 5.57) vs. LH Will Lamb (5-8, 4.35).
Legend to watch: OF Justin Gominsky (6-foot-4, 185 pounds, bats/throws right, age 23, from Woodbury, Minn .) has raised his average 16 points since the all-star break. Batting .238 overall, Gominsky has two homers, 32 RBI and 36 runs, plus 10 stolen bases, over 89 games. He is hitting .269 against left-handers, .225 versus righties. Selected by the Astros in the 11th round of the 2011 draft, out of the University of Minnesota, he earned New York-Penn League mid-season all-star honors last year with the Tri-City ValleyCats. Over 60 games with Tri-City, Gominsky batted .237 with 18 RBI, 35 runs and 12 stolen bases. At Mahtomedi (Minn.) High School, he also was a standout wide receiver in football.
Crawdad to watch: Thursday starting pitcher Will Lamb (6-6, 180, b/t left, age 21, from Newport News, Va.) came into the season ranked by Baseball America as the 21st-best prospect in the Rangers system. Selected by Texas in the second round of the 2011 draft, after his junior year at Clemson University, he broke in by playing 12 games (seven starts) for the Spokane Indians of the Northwest League and four starts for the Crawdads. Combined, he finished 3-1 with a 2.75 ERA, 62 strikeouts and 31 walks over 56 innings. This season, at 5-8, 4.35 over 103 1/3 innings, Lamb has struck out 76 and walked 52. At the all-star break, he was 0-6 with a 4.93 ERA. Since then, he is 5-2 with a 3.96 ERA.
Radio: WLXG-AM 1300