Chris Davis played 46 AA games in 2008, and after 186 Frisco at-bats (.333/.376/.618) triggered a promotion to AAA.
Justin Smoak has played 50 AA games in 2009, and after 183 Frisco at-bats (.328/.449/.481) has triggered a promotion to AAA, according to multiple local and national reports this morning.
Davis needed 31 AAA games (111 at-bats) to prove he was ready for Arlington.
Smoak's Frisco OPS (.930) wasn't quite as gaudy as Davis's (.994), but given the dramatic difference in base-reaching, a skill that the current Rangers offense craves far more than slug, I'm guessing Smoak won't need 111 Oklahoma City at-bats before the decision is made that it's time to fit him for the big league uniform that he modeled 10 and a half months ago at the press conference announcing his signing with the Rangers as their first-round draft pick.
The RedHawks travel home from Iowa today to host the Omaha Royals. In uniform will be Josh Hamilton, as he continues his rehab work en route to a return to the Rangers lineup.
Smoak will be Hamilton's teammate tonight, and while the type of fine-tuning he'll be doing as a RedHawk isn't the same as Hamilton's, his timetable to get to Arlington, one way or another, and join Hamilton in the Texas lineup, just sped up a bit.
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