Rangers Minor League Roundup – 8/13

Triple-A Round Rock centerfielder Leonys Martin went 3-for-5 with a triple and a home run on Monday, going deep for his third consecutive game. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action in the Texas Rangers' system.

AAA: Round Rock 11 – (@) Colorado Springs 6
W - Tateyama (3-0)
HR - Martin (9)
56-67, 15.0 GB

The Express improved to 13-6 over their last 19 games with Monday's 11-6 triumph over Colorado Springs.

Centerfielder Leonys Martin (.305/.423/.605) led the Round Rock offense by going 3-for-5 with a triple and a home run, his third round-tripper in as many games. He also drove home two runs.

The 24-year-old Martin extended his hitting streak to eight games on Monday. Through 43 Triple-A contests this season, he is hitting .350 with 14 doubles, two triples, and nine home runs. He's also drawn 21 walks while striking out 30 times.

Shortstop Luis Hernandez (.252/.294/.360) recorded an incredible eighth consecutive multi-hit effort, as he went 2-for-4 with a double, a walk, and two RBI.

Joey Butler (1/5, 2B) and Yangervis Solarte (2/5, 2B) also doubled while Ryan Spilborghs (3/5) and Matt Kata (2/5) each picked up multiple singles.

Leadoff man Julio Borbon, who went 0-for-5, was the only Round Rock position player to go without a hit.

Express starting pitcher Chad Bell (5.09 ERA/.283 BAA) threw just 47 of his 87 pitches for a strike over five innings. He yielded six runs on five hits and five walks, striking out only one batter.

But after Bell exited the game, relievers Johan Yan (1 IP), Neal Cotts (1.2 IP) and Yoshinori Tateyama (1.1 IP) teamed up to retire the game's final 12 hitters in order.

After fanning a pair in 1.1 perfect innings, the 36-year-old Tateyama now has a 0.53 ERA over 27 Triple-A relief appearances.

Player of the Game: RF Joey Butler
4 3 2 0 1 3 1 2 .281

AA: Frisco 3 – (@) Northwest Arkansas 4
L - Rodebaugh (2-5)
HR - Profar (14)
24-26, 7.0 GB

Cody Buckel (4.75 ERA/.245 BAA) limited the damage to one run allowed in 5.2 innings despite giving up six hits, walking four, and plunking one. He struck out three.

The 20-year-old Buckel has the following stat-line since earning the promotion to Double-A––53.0 ip, 47 h, 28 er, 23 bb, 45 k.

Top prospect Jurickson Profar (.285/.363/.470) helped give the ‘Riders an early lead by launching a solo home run, his 14th of the season. He also had a single in four at-bats.

First baseman Chris McGuiness (1/2, 2B, 2 BB) doubled once and walked twice while third baseman Tom Mendonca (1/2, 2 BB) singled once and walked twice. Jared Prince added two knocks in four trips.

Engel Beltre whiffed three times in five hitless at-bats.

Although Frisco carried a 3-1 lead into the bottom of the seventh inning, the club lost the game after Miguel de los Santos gave up two runs in 1.1 innings and Ryan Rodebaugh surrendered a run in the eighth.

De los Santos was hung with his first blown save of the season while Rodebaugh got stuck with the loss.

Player of the Game: SS Jurickson Profar
4 1 2 0 1 1 0 0 .285

A+: Myrtle Beach 5 – (@) Lynchburg 6 (11 innings)
L - Reyes (5-3)
30-20, 1.0 GB

Lynchburg earned the victory on a walkoff squeeze play in the bottom of the 11th inning. With one out and men on second and third, shortstop Nick Ahmed––former UConn teammate of Mike Olt––laid down the game-winning bunt.

Myrtle Beach forced the game into extra innings on a Teodoro Martinez (2/6) run-scoring single in the top of the ninth. But the Pelicans ultimately suffered the loss and dropped to a game out of first place.

Starting pitcher Luke Jackson (4.44 ERA/.272 BAA) worked the first 5.2 innings and allowed four runs (three earned). He gave up six hits while walking four and striking out five.

The 20-year-old Jackson was a bit erratic on Monday. In addition to the four walks issued, he uncorked three wild pitches.

Hot-hitting shortstop Hanser Alberto (.278/.285/.402) went 3-for-5 with his 10th double in 48 Carolina League games. After getting out to a slow start with Myrtle Beach, Alberto has now recorded multi-hit efforts in seven of his last 10 contests, going 19-for-44 (.432) over that span.

Alberto also stole his seventh base for the Pelicans.

Brett Nicholas (2/4, 2B, BB, HBP), Tomas Telis (2/5, 2B), Edwin Garcia (2/5, 2B) and Josh Richmond (1/5, 2B) all doubled once as well.

Leadoff man Odubel Herrera (3/6) singled three times and committed his team-high 38th error of the year. DH Jeremy Williams added two knocks in five at-bats.

Although Myrtle Beach stranded only nine runners on base in the 11 innings, they scored just five runs on 17 hits, including five doubles.

Left fielder Chris Grayson, who was 0-for-5, was the lone Pelicans position player to go without a hit. Seven of the nine players recorded multiple hits.

The speedy Grayson is now just 4-for-24 (.167) with six walks and seven strikeouts since his promotion to Myrtle Beach.

Newly sidearming reliever Zach Osborne hurled three innings of one-run ball in long relief, working around four singles and a walk. He struck out one. The 24-year-old Osborne was making his second appearance since dropping down sidearm.

Jimmy Reyes suffered the loss after giving up a run on two hits in 1.2 innings.

Player of the Game: SS Hanser Alberto
5 1 3 1 0 0 0 1 .278

A: Hickory 1 – (@) Hagerstown 5
L - Eickhoff (11-7)
HR - Deglan (11)
27-23, 1.0 GB

The Crawdads had a relatively quiet night in Monday's 5-1 defeat at Hagerstown, as the offense managed only four hits.

But catcher Kellin Deglan, who continues to heat up, had three of the knocks. The 20-year-old Deglan went 3-for-4 with a double and a solo home run, giving him nine extra-base hits in his last seven games.

Leadoff man Luis Sardinas (1/4) singled for Hickory's only other hit.

Drew Robinson (0/3, BB) and Jordan Akins (0/3) both struck out three times.

Hickory starter Jerad Eickhoff surrendered three runs in three innings, giving up four hits, walking three, and striking out three.

Right-hander Paul Schwendel, the Rangers' 40th-round pick in this year's MLB Draft, followed with three shutout innings of long relief. He gave up two hits, walked one, and fanned three. The sinkerball specialist also induced five groundouts without a flyout.

Since earning his promotion to full-season ball, Schwendel has the following stat-line––14.1 ip, 11 h, 3 er, 7 bb, 16 k. He is inducing 2.43 groundouts per airout.

Player of the Game: C Kellin Deglan
4 1 3 1 1 1 0 0 .228

SSA: Spokane 1 – Everett 5
L - Valdespina (1-6)
8-12, 5.0 GB

After beginning the Northwest League's second-half schedule on a positive note, the Indians are seeing their playoff hopes slip away. The club is now five games out of first place with 18 regular-season contests remaining.

Talented-but-raw hurler Jose Valdespina began Monday's start by retiring 10 of the game's first 11 batters. But he ran into trouble with one out in the fourth.

When the dust had settled, Valdespina surrendered four runs on five hits in four innings, walking two and striking out two. He also plunked a batter.

Venezuelan righty Richard Alvarez (2.58 ERA/.233 BAA) helped keep Spokane within striking distance with three solid innings out of the ‘pen. He gave up just an unearned run on one hit.

The 20-year-old Alvarez spent 2009 and 2010 in the rookie-level Arizona League, and he posted a 7.79 ERA with Spokane last summer. But he has been fantastic this summer, and over his last six appearances in particular––17.1 ip, 6 h, 0 er, 1 bb, 18 k.

Seton Hall product Ryan Harvey finished the game with two innings of shutout relief, yielding one hit and striking out two.

However, Spokane's bats produced just one run in the game.

Rangers third-round pick Pat Cantwell (.302/.400/.403) went a perfect 3-for-3 with two doubles and a walk. Over his last two games, he's 8-for-9 with three doubles.

Cam Schiller (1/2, 2 HBP), Royce Bolinger (2/4) and Barrett Serrato (1/3, BB) all reached base multiple times.

Speedy switch-hitting centerfielder Chris Garia sat out with an injury between July 20 and August 7. Although he performed well early in the summer, he's just 3-for-25 with eight strikeouts since returning.

Player of the Game: C Pat Cantwell
3 1 3 2 0 0 1 0 .302

RK: Surprise Rangers 12 – Peoria Mariners 11
W - Shiver (1-0)
HR - Brinson (3)
26-17, 2.0 GU

The Rookie Rangers coughed up 11 runs through three innings on Monday––and they still won the game. The talented offense battled back by plating five runs in the fourth inning before taking the lead with two in the bottom of the eighth.

Starting pitcher and supplemental first-round pick Collin Wiles failed to get out of the first inning, as he was tagged for four runs in two-thirds of an inning. John Niggli then gave up a run in 1.1 frames.

But left-hander Ryne Slack, who had pitched well of late, entered for the third inning. Slack allowed six runs on five hits and a walk in one-third of an inning.

Pedro Tirado (2.2 IP), Greg Williams (1 IP) and Casey Shiver (3 IP) then kept the Peoria Mariners off the scoreboard for the final 6.2 innings.

Shiver (2.66 ERA/.227 BAA) was particularly impressive, hurling three shutout frames while scattering four hits and striking out four.

Leadoff man Lewis Brinson (.292/.354/.514) helped kickstart the Rangers' comeback with a three-run inside-the-park home run. He also drew two walks.

The speedy Brinson now has 28 extra-base hits in his first 42 professional games. He has also stolen 10 bases in 11 attempts.

Shortstop Luis Marte was a perfect 3-for-3 with a double, a triple, and a base on balls. First baseman Ronald Guzman (1/2, 3B, 3 BB) tripled once and walked three times.

Nomar Mazara (2/3, 2 BB) and David Lyon (2/4) both singled twice. Mazara added his fifth steal of the summer.

Player of the Game: CF Lewis Brinson
3 2 1 0 1 3 2 0 .292

DSL: DSL Rangers 3 – DSL Pirates1 10
L - Nunez (3-1)
37-23, 0.5 GU

The Dominican Rangers had as many errors as hits (5) in a sloppy performance on Monday.

Although starting pitcher Nerfy Nunez permitted four runs in five innings pitched, none of the runs were earned. He allowed four hits and struck out two without issuing a walk.

Relievers Jesus Fandino and Felix Carvallo each surrendered three runs on four hits in two innings.

The top of the Rangers' batting order performed well, but the six-through-nine hitters––Belarmino Campos, Anderson Jesus, Rodrigo Ayarza, and Jose Santos––combined to go 0-for-15 with seven punchouts.

Leadoff man Eduard Pinto went 1-for-3 with a double and a walk. First baseman Elio Castillo committed two errors in the field but was 2-for-3 with his seventh double.

Centerfielder Jose Cardona added a single and a walk in four plate appearances.

Player of the Game: RF Eduard Pinto
3 2 1 1 0 0 1 1 .378

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