Josh Hamilton was in the fifth spot in the lineup for the second straight game on Monday. Said manager Ron Washington, "I'll probably keep him there until it comes out of my pen that he's hitting third. I just want him to get at-bats where he can slow things down. Through all of this, Josh will be fine. He's too talented not to."
Luis Ortiz, the Rangers' Minor League assistant hitting coordinator, will spend the next few days with the big league team. Ortiz spends much of his time working with the younger players in the lower levels.
Ortiz on Joey Gallo, the Rangers' second-round pick who is hitting .327 with 13 home runs and 33 RBIs in 31 games in the Arizona Rookie League: "He's unbelievable. That kid has some kind of power. He's a hard worker and very focused. There are a bunch of kids on that team that we're going to have fun working with the next few years."
Ortiz on Jairo Beras, the Dominican outfielder who has just begun serving his one-year suspension: "He's starting to settle down now that everything is done. He's started to play in exhibition games. It's fun to watch his batting practice shots. He's good. He can be the total package."
Double-A Frisco outfielder Engel Beltre was named the Texas League Player of the Week for the second week in a row. Over the last 13 games, Beltre is batting .404 (23-for-57) with four doubles, three triples, five home runs, seven RBIs, 18 runs scored and five steals. During July, Beltre is hitting .319 with a .358 on-base percentage and a .602 slugging percentage. In 26 games he has six home runs and 15 RBIs.
Class A Myrtle Beach third baseman Christian Villanueva has been named the Carolina League Player of the Week. Villanueva hit .560 last week, going 14-for-25 in seven games with two home runs, two runs scored, 11 RBIs, three walks and five hit-by-pitches.