A one & a two.

Real quick: A couple links from the farm about the players that, since the end of May, I've ranked as the top two prospects in the Rangers system:

First, the latest MLBloggy goodness from Beau Vaughan: http://rangersprospect.mlblogs.com/archives/2009/06/where-theres-smoak-theres-baseballs-on-fire.html. His subject this time: Frisco first baseman Justin Smoak.

Second, an outstanding Baseball America story about the man pictured in the Newberg Report banner atop this email: http://www.baseballamerica.com/online/minors/classification-reports/low-class-a/2009/268449.html.

Have fun watching Derek Holland tonight.


Jamey Newberg

Dallas attorney Jamey Newberg has been commenting on Rangers from the big club down through the entire farm system since 1998.

Scott Lucas

Scott Lucas was born in Arlington, Texas, to Richard and Becky Lucas. He lived mostly in Arlington before moving to Austin, where he graduated from The University of Texas. Scott works for Austin Valuation Consultants, Ltd., and has published several boring articles about real estate appraisal and environmental contamination. He makes a swell margarita and refuses to run longer than ten kilometres.

Eleanor Czajka

Eleanor grew up watching the AAA Mudhens in Toledo, Ohio. A loyal Ranger fan since 1979, she works "behind the scenes" at the Newberg Report.