South Atlantic League baseball
What: Three-game series
When: Tuesday through Thursday (7:05 each night)
Where: McCormick Field (Asheville, N.C.)
Major League affiliates: Kansas City Royals (Legends), Colorado Rockies (Tourists)
Probable pitchers (Legends listed first): Tuesday, RH Bryan Brickhouse (0-3, 3.00) vs. LH Jonathan Vargas (0-0, 5.40); Wednesday, RH Miguel Almonte (0-2, 4.85) vs. RH Shane Broyles (0-2, 7.16); Thursday, RH Christian Binford (1-1, 4.30) vs. RH Eddie Butler (1-0, 2.53).
Legend to watch: SS Raul Mondesi (6-foot-1, 166 pounds, age 17, from Los Angeles, switch-hitter, throws right) is riding a seven-game hitting streak, going 10-for-28 with 11 RBI and three runs. Overall, he is batting .279 with 15 RBI, six runs, three stolen bases, a .351 on-base percentage and slugging .426. Full name is Raul Adalberto Mondesi. He is the son of former Major Leaguer Raul Mondesi, and the brother of Tampa Bay Rays minor-leaguer Raul Mondesi Jr. Raul Sr. was National League Rookie of the Year in 1994, the start of a 13-year big-league career. A free agent out of the Dominican Republic, Lexington’s Raul got a $2 million signing bonus at 16. Last year, as the youngest player in the Pioneer League, he batted .290 with three homers, 30 RBI, 35 runs and 11 stolen bases over 50 games with the Idaho Falls Chukars. Rated by Baseball America as the fifth-best prospect in the Royals’ system.
Tourist to watch: LF/CF Francisco Sosa (6-4, 180, 23, from Esperanza, Dominican Republic, bats and throws right) also carries a seven-game hitting streak — 11-for-26 with seven RBI and eight runs. Overall, he is hitting .323 with three homers, 13 RBI, 17 runs, six steals, a .416 on-base percentage and .523 slugging. Signed by the Rockies as a non-drafted free agent in August 2007, Sosa spent 2008-10 with the Dominican Summer League Rockies, also getting five games in 2010 with the Casper Ghosts of the Pioneer League. He played all of 2011 at Casper, then joined the Tri-City Dust Devils of the Northwest League last year. He earned all-star honors with Tri-City, batting .275 with four homers, 36 RBI, 35 runs and 21 stolen bases over 68 games.
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