The Oklahoma City RedHawks are seeking to make a post All-Star break run like they did last season when they won 17 consecutive home games to soar to the division title.
Oklahoma City currently trails Omaha by 21/2 games in the Pacific Coast League American Northern division and is two games behind Iowa.
Elite prospects such as outfielder George Springer, first baseman Jon Singleton and pitcher Jared Cosart already are helping the Houston Astros, but six of Houston’s top 20 prospects are on Oklahoma City’s roster.
A look at the upcoming eight-game homestand that begins Thursday night at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark and players to follow the second-half of the season.
OF Preston Tucker: The University of Florida product has a chance to be the Astros’ everyday right fielder. The power-hitter accumulated 103 RBIs last season. He has ripped 20 home runs and has 57 RBIs this season, including three homers with OKC following a June promotion to Triple-A.
OF Domingo Santana: Nearing his 22nd birthday, Santana has a ton of talent. Included in the Astros’ mega Hunter Pence trade a few years ago, Santana is hitting .299 with 13 homers and 54 RBIs with the RedHawks, but Houston’s No. 6 prospect must adjust after going 0-for-13 with 11 strikeouts during a brief call-up to the Astros.
POSSIBLE SEPTEMBER CALLUPS
C Max Stassi: A power-hitting prospect that is solid behind the plate, Stassi, the Astros’ No. 10 prospect, has averaged 15 homers a season in the minors. With Jason Castro in Houston there’s no need to rush Stassi.
P Nick Tropeano: He’s not as highly touted as some of the other pitchers, but the Astros’ No. 15 prospect was selected AS a PCL All-Star. Tropeano is 6-4 with a 2.38 ERA with the RedHawks.
ON THE RADAR
P Tommy Shirley: Earning a promotion to Triple-A days before the All-Star break, the unheralded pitcher was 7-3 with a 1.88 ERA in Double-A. Still building up following Tommy John surgery a few years ago, Shirley limited Double-A hitters to a .201 average.