) in the first month of the season, Botts is batting .308 through 60 games. In the PCL he is first in doubles (22), fourth in RBIs (45) and fifth in on-base percentage (.410).
There has been one problem, though. The 6-foot-5, 250-pound Botts had only four homers this year — before hitting two on the first two pitches he saw Saturday night at The Brick. He had gone 20 games without a home run.
Botts came into this season with 38 home runs and 141 RBIs in 196 games for the RedHawks.
"For a man his size, he's got to hit home runs,” Jones said. "That's the bottom line. But he's always been a good power hitter and it'll come. It's not something I'm worried about. He might go on a streak and hit 10 in 10 days, who knows? He's strong enough.”
Jones believes Botts needs to be more aggressive at the plate, saying the slugger takes too many good pitches.
"We have differences of opinions sometimes,” Botts said with a grin. "But in certain situations and certain areas I think he's right. I do need to be a little more aggressive, and I think that's just going to come with some of the adjustments I've been making.”
Texas called up Botts for 20 games last year and for 10 games in 2005. He has one homer and a .247 average in 77 big league games.
The struggling Rangers figure to call up Botts again this year, maybe even this month. Next year, he'll be out of options, which means he'll become a free agent if the Rangers don't put him on their 2008 roster.