South Atlantic League baseball
What: Three-game series
When: Monday through Wednesday (7 each night)
Where: L.P. Frans Stadium (Hickory, N.C.)
Major League affiliates: Kansas City Royals (Legends), Texas Rangers
Probable pitchers (Legends listed first): Monday, LH Matt Tenuta (3-7, 5.49) vs. RH Cole Wiper (5-6, 3.63); Tuesday, LH Luis Rico (2-6, 4.09) vs. RH Akeem Bostick (5-3, 3.47); Wednesday, RH Luke Farrell (1-7, 4.87) vs. RH Tyler Smith (4-2, 3.79).
Legend to watch: All-star C/1B Frank Schwindel (6-foot-1, 210 pounds, age 22, bats and throws right, from Livingston, N.J.) has hits in 14 of his last 15 games, going 22-for-61 (.361) with five runs and nine RBI. That has enabled him to raise his season batting average from .249 to .273. Schwindel is batting .330 against left-handers, .246 against righties. He’s also batting .409 with runners on and two outs. An 18th round draft pick in 2013, out of St. John’s University, he hit .300 over 64 games last season with the Idaho Falls Chukars of the Pioneer League. At St. John’s, he batted .322 as a sophomore to help the Red Storm reach their first NCAA super regional. He earned all-tourney honors at both the NCAA Chapel Hill regional and Big East tournaments. In 2013, he led the Red Storm with a .349 average, earning first-team All-Northeast Region and second-team All-Big East honors.
Crawdad to watch: OF Jairo Beras (6-5, 178, 18, right and right, from San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic) is 17-for-34 (.500) over his last nine games, with three homers, eight runs and 10 RBI. Overall, he is batting .245 with four homers, 23 runs and 20 RBI. Beras, who has played all three outfield positions this season, is batting .389 since the all-star break. Signed July 12, 2012, as a non-drafted free agent, he was suspended by Major League Baseball through July 1, 2013, due to a controversy involving his age. He then appeared in 17 games for the Arizona League Rangers, going 16-for-64 (.250), with two homers, 11 runs and 15 RBI.
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