Texans In MLB: American League Edition

Texas is known for a wealth of sports talent including baseball. Many native Texans have worked up through the minor leagues to become Major League Baseball players. Here we check-in with them and see how they have been doing in the 2013 season. In the American League, each team has at least one player except for the Kansas City Royals and the Houston Astros, which is kind of ironic since they are located in Texas. Here is a list compiled with stats for each of the remaining teams. These lists include players who were born in Texas.

Baltimore Orioles

Troy Patton is from Spring. The 27-year-old pitcher has pitched in 39 games and 41.1 innings and picked up one win and no losses as a reliever. He has a 3.48 ERA with 26 strikeouts while only walking 13 batters.

Taylor Teagarden is a Dallas native. The backup catcher has played in 15 games posting a bat average of .105 with four hits and five RBIs.

Chris Davis is from Longview and has had a breakout year drawing the attention of many national media outlets with his home run display this season. The first baseman currently holds a .307 batting average with 37 home runs and 97 RBIs. He also has an impressive .687 slugging percentage.

Boston Red Sox

Drake Britton is originally from Waco and went to high school in Tomball. The pitcher made his Major League debut this season on July 20, 2013. Since then, he has pitched in three games for a total of three innings with an ERA of 0.00.

Abilene native John Lackey currently holds a record of seven wins and seven losses with a 2.95 ERA. He has pitched 106.2 innings over the course of 17 games striking out 100 batters only allowing 35 runs and 23 walks.

Brandon Workman, a Bowie native, also made his Major League debut this year pitching on July 10, 2013. Since then he has one loss on his record posting an ERA of 4.40 striking out 13 walking three batters.

Brock Holt has played in 10 games for Boston. The utility infielder from Fort Worth has a .290 batting average with nine hits and eight RBIs while picking up three walks.

Chicago White Sox

Austin native John Danks has had a bit of a rough season posting a record of two wins and eight losses. He currently has an ERA of 4.81 striking out 52.

Adam Dunn is originally from Houston. The utility player has clubbed 24 homers and 61 RBIs with a batting average of .212 while drawing 50 walks.

Cleveland Indians

The Indians have three players from Houston. Pitcher Matt Albers has posted a record of two wins and one loss with an ERA of 2.95. In 36.2 innings, he has struck out 24 while walking 18. Fellow pitcher Scott Kazmir has six wins and four losses on his record. His ERA currently sits at 3.96 through 100 innings. He has struck out 90 batters while only walking 35. Outfielder Michael Bourn is also from Houston. He has a .292 batting average with 87 hits and 13 stolen bases and 25 RBIs.

Outfielder Drew Stubbs is from Atlanta, Texas. He’s batting .242 with 72 hits including 16 doubles and 35 RBIs. He has 10 stolen bases while drawing 25 walks.

Detroit Tigers

The lone representative of the Lone Star State is Denton native Austin Jackson. The 26-year-old outfielder has a .272 batting average with 81 hits including 6 home runs and 25 RBIs.

Los Angeles Angels

Fort Worth native Brad Hawpe has been a utility player this season batting .185 with five hits and two RBIs.

Minnesota Twins

Ryan Pressly is the only Texas native on the Twins’ roster hailing from Dallas. In his first major league season, the reliever has posted two wins and two losses with an ERA of 3.40. In 47.2 innings pitched, he’s struck out 33 batters.

New York Yankees

Pitcher Preston Claiborne and utility player Jayson Nix are both from Dallas. Claiborne has one loss with a 2.18 ERA in his first big league season. In 33 innings pitched, he’s struck out 27 batters while walking seven. Nix has been batting .236 with 56 hits with 20 RBIs and 11 stolen bases.

San Antonio native Boone Logan has pitched in 41 games posting a 2.39 ERA with two wins and two losses. The reliever has allowed eight runs and six walks while striking out 38.

Oakland Athletics

Brett Anderson is originally from Midland. The pitcher has compiled a record of one win and four losses while pitching in 29 innings with a 6.21 ERA. He has struck out 29 while walking 15.

Houston native Chris Young has a .197 batting average with 45 hits including nine home runs. The outfielder has played in 66 games stealing seven bases while walking 25 times.

Seattle Mariners

Pitcher Lucas Luetge has one loss on his record this season. The Brenham native has posted a 5.51 ERA striking out 13 while walking five.

Tampa Bay Rays

James Loney, from Houston, is currently batting .316. The first baseman has compiled 107 hits including nine home runs and 46 RBIs while drawing 28 walks and stealing three bases.

Austin native Kelly Johnson has made the most out of the 80 games he has played in this season. The utility player has 68 hits including 15 home runs garnering 46 RBIs and 27 walks en rout to a .252 batting average.

Texas Rangers

Pitcher Joe Nathan and outfielder David Murphy are both Houston natives. Nathan has been highly effective earning 32 saves while posting a record of one win and one loss with an ERA of 1.73 and striking out 44 batters. Murphy has 74 hits on the season including 11 home runs and 33 RBIs with a .224 batting average.

Designated hitter Lance Berkman calls Waco home. He has posted a .254 batting average with 62 hits including six home runs with 34 RBIs.

Toronto Blue Jays

Victoria, Texas product Kyle Drabek has pitched 71.1 innings with four wins and seven losses. He has posted an ERA of 4.67 striking out 47 while walking 47.

Brad Lincoln, from Lake Jackson, has one loss on his record. The pitcher has a 4.15 ERA with 13 walks and 19 strikeouts.


Chris Davis Continuing To Crush

Baltimore Orioles’ first baseman Chris “Crush” Davis has been on a tear for the first half of the 2013 season. He leads all of Major League Baseball in home runs and is currently in second place for the most RBIs. Davis has sent 32 long balls over the fence in the first half and is in striking distance for passing last year’s season total by the All-Star break. Here is a look back at all 32 homers so far this season.

April 2: In the top of seventh, Chris Davis hit a three-run home run off of Tampa Bay reliever Jamey Wright en rout to a 7-3 Orioles’ win.

April 3: Davis led off the game by hitting a 422-foot home run to center field off of Tampa Bay starter Jeremy Hellickson. Baltimore lost the game 8-7 in the bottom of the ninth.

April 4: Facing Tampa Bay starter Roberto Hernandez, Davis launched a solo shot to right center field to plate two runs in the second inning. The Orioles went on to win 6-3.

April 5: Davis brought in the final three runs of the game breaking a tie game in the eighth inning after hitting a 399-foot home run to left field off of Minnesota reliever Luis Ayala. Baltimore won by a score of 9-5.

April 10: A ninth-inning 403-foot solo shot to center field off of Boston reliever Joel Hanrahan gave Davis his fifth home run of the 2013 season as the Orioles defeated the Red Sox 8-5.

April 11: In the top of the second, Davis launched a 433-foot bomb beyond the right center field wall off of Boston starter Alfredo Aceves. After a hard fought game, the Orioles won 3-2.

April 20: Facing Dodgers starter Josh Beckett, Davis hit a home run to center field in the second inning estimated at 437 feet. Baltimore crushed LA winnings 6-1.

April 25: Davis hit a solo home run 386 feet to center field off of Oakland starter Jarrod Parker in the sixth inning en rout to a 10-2 Orioles win.

April 28: With a tie game going into the eighth inning, A’s reliever Sean Doolittle gave up a 419-foot home run to center field to Davis which put the O’s up 7-6. Baltimore ended up losing the game 9-8 in extra innings.

May 9: A fourth-inning 439-foot home run to center field was the last Baltimore run to cross the plate as Davis hit the long ball off of Kansas City starter Jeremy Guthrie. The Orioles fell 6-2.

May 12: Davis set the pace of the game hitting a two-run homer in the first off of Minnesota starter Scott Diamond en rout to a 6-0 Baltimore win.

May 18: Scoring the fourth run of the first inning, Davis hit a 405-foot home run to center field off of Rays’ starter Roberto Hernandez. However, Tampa Bay bounced back defeating Baltimore 10-6.

May 20: Facing Yankees starter CC Sabathia, Davis launched a 410-foot bomb over the right center field fence in the second to put Baltimore on the board. After sending the game to extra innings, New York came out on top winning 6-4.

May 22: Following a Nick Markakis homer, Davis launched a two-run bomb 416 feet to center field in the first off of New York starter Hiroki Kuroda. The O’s won 6-3.

May 23: Davis sent a solo shot 390 feet beyond the right field wall off of Toronto starter Brandon Morrow in the fourth. The Blue Jays won 12-6.

May 24: A Chris Davis 400-foot solo home run in the third inning gave the Orioles their seventh run of the game off of Toronto pitcher Ramon Ortiz. Baltimore wound up winning the scoring frenzy 10-6.

May 28: Facing a two-run deficit in the fourth, Davis homered 376 feet to right field for the second run scored off of Washington starter Nathan Karns. The Nationals secured the win tripling the Orioles score 9-3.

May 29: Davis dazzled hitting two home runs accounting for three of the Orioles’ nine runs in a 9-6 win over the Nationals. The first homer came in the fourth inning off of Washington starter George Zimmermann sailing 399 feet over the right center field fence. Davis then took reliever Tyler Clippard yard in the seventh inning hitting a 406-footer in almost the same spot.

June 2: Facing Detroit reliever Phil Coke, Davis drained one in the seventh 415 feet to right field giving the O’s its first run of the game. The Tigers fell to the Orioles 4-2.

June 12: With a tie game going into the fourth inning, Davis crushed a 430-foot long ball to center field off of Angels’ starter Jerome Williams to put Baltimore on top. However, the O’s couldn’t hold onto the lead and lost 9-5 to Los Angeles.

June 14: His 21st homer came in the second inning off of Red Sox starter Ryan Dempster. It was one of only two runs that crossed the plate as Baltimore defeated Boston 2-0.

June 16: Boston starter Jon Lester gave up a two-run shot to Davis in the third inning that sailed 394 feet. Baltimore sealed the win 6-3.

June 17: Davis scored the lone Baltimore run as he hit a 425-foot homer in the second inning off of Detroit starter Max Scherzer. The Tigers defeated the Orioles 5-1.

June 19: In his second two home run game, Davis hit bombs off of Tigers’ pitchers Rick Porcello in the fourth and Jose Valverde in the ninth as Baltimore pummeled Detroit 13-3.

June 21: Baltimore lost a close game to Toronto 7-6 which include a three-run blast from Davis. The 389-foot long ball came in the sixth versus R.A. Dickey.

June 25: Davis’ homer brought home the tying runs in the seventh inning against Cleveland. Starter Justin Masterson gave up the 434-foot blast over the right field fence as Baltimore won 6-3.

June 29: Each Yankees pitcher faced the wrath of Davis who went around the bases twice in Baltimore’s 11-3 rout of New York. A 428-footer against starter David Phelps came in the first while a 361-footer came against reliever Ivan Nova in the sixth.

June 30: Davis struck again against New York the following day sending a 385-shot beyond the left field wall against Hiroki Kuroda in the second. The O’s took the 4-2 win.

July 3: The 32nd long ball of the 2013 season came in the fourth inning off of White Sox starter Hector Santiago. the 360-foot shot sailed over the left field wall en rout to a 4-2 win.

During the 2012 season, Davis hit 33 home runs for the entire season. He is currently on pace to pass that before the All-Star break. Based on the number of home runs by the number of games played, Davis is homering at about the same pace as Babe Ruth and isn’t too far off of Roger Maris’ total by this time in the season. He is only seven long balls behind where Barry Bonds was at this point in the 2001 season when he broke the single-season home runs record. It’s unfair to put pressure on Davis to break the record but one thing is for sure, with a lot of season left to play and power to spare he will definitely be a contender for the remainder of the 2013 season.