The Travelers closed the first half of the Texas League seaosn with a two-game winning streak.
The bad news is they were already way out of the racew for the first-half North Divsion title. In preparation for the second-half, the Travelers are a part of several transactions that will change their roster. The current homestand ends tonight (see add on this page). The Travs return home on Friday, June 29.
The Travs receive Brian Hernandez and Travis Witherspoon from Advanced-A Inland Empire while Daniel Tillman moves down to Inland Empire and Rian Kiniry is released.
Witherspoon joins the Travelers after enjoying a productive first-half with Inland Empire that resulted in him earning a selection as a California League All-Star. Witherspoon led the 66ers in average (.319), hits (86), runs (52), walks (33), and stolen bases (25). He also tied for the team lead in triples (5). As the 66ers primary leadoff man, Witherspoon sported a .416 (27-for-65) batting average in the first inning and had a .355 (38-for-107) average when leading off an inning.
A consistent figure in the middle of the 66ers lineup, Hernandez joins the Travelers to play along their infield. With the 66ers, Hernandez hit .292 (70-for-240) with nine doubles, one triple, three homeruns, and 33 runs batted in. In his time with the 66ers, Hernandez showed a propensity to produce with runners in scoring position. All but three of his runs batted in came with a runner in scoring position as he was 18-for-56 (.321) in that situation. With runners in scoring position and two outs, Hernandez was even more productive as he batted .370 (10-for-56) and drove in 13 runs.