Rangers Minor League Roundup – 5/18

Triple-A Round Rock infielder Jurickson Profar continued to bust out at the plate on Saturday, going 3-for-4 with a pair of home runs. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action in the Texas Rangers system.

AAA: Round Rock 6 – Colorado Springs 5
W - Bonilla (3-2)
SV - Cotts (2)
HR - Profar (3, 4)
22-20, 2.5 GB

Playing at second base on Saturday, top prospect Jurickson Profar (.278/.370/.438) continued to bust out at the plate, going 3-for-4 with two home runs and three RBI.

Profar now has three-hit performances in each of his last two games. Over his last 10 contests, he's 17-for-41 (.415) with two doubles and two homers, drawing four walks and striking out only four times.

After hitting .231 in April, Profar is batting .333 in 16 May contests.

Veteran right-hander Scott Richmond, recently signed to a minor-league contract by the Rangers, made his 2013 debut by getting the start for Round Rock. Richmond tossed four innings of one-run ball, yielding two hits, walking two, and striking out four.

DH Alex Buchholz (2/4, 2 2B) doubled twice, raising his Triple-A batting average to .310. Chris McGuiness (1/4, 2B) and Aaron Cunningham (1/4, 2B) both doubled once.

After Yoshinori Tateyama allowed three runs in two innings, Lisalverto Bonilla gave up a run in 1.2 frames. Although Bonilla fanned three, he surrendered another round-tripper, his fifth in six appearances.

Nate Robertson (0.1 IP) and Neal Cotts (1 IP) finished the game with scoreless relief. Cotts, of course, struck out a pair. He now has 42 strikeouts to only four walks in 23 innings.

Player of the Game: 2B Jurickson Profar
4 3 3 0 2 3 0 0 .278

AA: Frisco 6 – San Antonio 9
L - Tufts (1-1)
HR - Martinez (4)
22-20, 2.0 GB

The RoughRiders fell into an early hole in the first inning of Saturday's game, and they were never quite able to climb out. Saturday was the Kalian Sams show. The Missions' Dutch right fielder went 3-for-4 with two doubles, a long home run, a walk, three RBI, and a diving catch in right field.

For Frisco, starting pitcher Tyler Tufts was tagged for six runs––five earned––on eight hits in just three innings. He walked one without recording a strikeout.

Ryan Rodebaugh (3 IP), Roman Mendez (1 IP), and Jimmy Reyes (1.1 IP) all tossed scoreless relief. Rodebaugh walked three and struck out three. Mendez and Reyes both fanned a pair.

San Antonio added to their lead against ‘Riders closer Wilmer Font, who yielded three runs on three hits and a walk in two-thirds of an inning. He also uncorked a wild pitch.

At the plate, DH Teodoro Martinez went 2-for-3 with a home run, a walk, and two RBI.

Jared Hoying (1/1, 2B) and Chih-Hsien Chiang (1/5, 2B) both doubled. Hoying left the game after injuring his hamstring on that first-inning double.

Catcher Tomas Telis bumped his batting average to .286 with a pair of singles in five at-bats.

Player of the Game: DH Teodoro Martinez
3 1 2 0 1 2 1 0 .275

A+: Myrtle Beach 4 – (@) Wilmington 5
L - McBride (0-2)
HR - Deglan (8)

Pelicans starting pitcher Nick Martinez (2.82 ERA/.233 BAA) allowed three runs–-two earned––on five hits over five innings. He walked one and struck out three.

Catcher Kellin Deglan provided half of his club's offensive output by going 1-for-3 with a two-run homer––his eighth––and a free pass.

First baseman Kevin Torres (1/4, 2B) doubled for the club's only other extra-base hit. Although DH Trever Adams was officially 0-for-1, he drew three walks.

Reliever Nick McBride was saddled with the loss after he surrendered a two-run homer in the sixth inning. Jose Monegro (1 IP) and Paul Schwendel (1 IP) finished the game with two combined scoreless frames.

Player of the Game: C Kellin Deglan
3 1 1 0 1 2 1 1 .210

A: Hickory – (@) Delmarva – PPD (Rain)

The Crawdads and Shorebirds were washed out on Saturday evening. They'll make it up with a doubleheader on Sunday afternoon.

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