Minor League Roundup - 4/9

Round Rock third baseman Chris Davis belted three long home runs on Saturday evening while Jake Brigham turned in a strong Double-A debut. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action.

AAA: Round Rock 13 – Iowa 9
W - Jackson (1-0)
SV - Eppley (1)
HR - Davis (2, 3, 4), Deeds (2), German (2), Nelson (1)
1-2, 1.0 GB

Round Rock belted six home runs in Saturday night's game. The two clubs combined for 22 runs on 31 hits in the contest.

Third baseman Chris Davis certainly stole the show, as he went 3-for-4 with three home runs, five RBI, and a base on balls. Although the wind was blowing out to left field, none of Davis' round-trippers were cheap. One went approximately 405 feet to right-center, the second cleared the berm in straight-away left field, and the final landed on top of the batting cage in dead center.

Through his first three games, the 25-year-old Davis is 6-for-12 with a double, four homers, and eight RBI.

Leadoff hitter and second baseman Esteban German is also off to a hot start. The veteran infielder was 2-for-4 with a double, a solo home run, and a walk. He has two doubles, two homers, and two walks in three games.

Brad Nelson (2/5, HR) and Doug Deeds (2/5, 2B, HR) also went deep.

Express starter and Texas A&M product Zach Jackson pitched well enough to earn the victory, scattering nine hits and yielding four runs over 5.1 innings. He walked two and struck out five.

The bullpen duo of Yhency Brazoban and Seth McClung showed good velocity, but the two hurlers combined to surrender five runs in 3.1 innings.

Endy Chavez (2/5), Craig Gentry (2/4, BB) and Kevin Cash (2/5) all had two singles. Shortstop Luis Cruz tripled for his lone knock in five trips.

Player of the Game: 3B Chris Davis
4 3 3 0 3 5 1 1 .500

AA: Frisco 3 – Springfield 5
L - Young (0-1)
2-1, 1.0 GB

A pumped up Jake Brigham reportedly threw his fastball in the mid-90s––touching a tick higher at times––during Saturday's Double-A debut.

The 22-year-old had some struggles early in the contest but settled down late. Overall, Brigham threw 84 pitches (50 strikes) in five innings, giving up three runs on five hits. He walked one and fanned seven.

Brigham surrendered five base runners in the first two frames, and he gave up a one-out solo homer in the third. But he settled down and retired the final eight hitters he faced––five on strikes and three on groundouts.

Third baseman and five-hole hitter Tom Mendonca belted a solo home run, his second round-tripper in as many nights. He also worked a walk.

DH Mike Bianucci didn't go yard, but he went 1-for-4 with a double and a run batted in.

Jose Ruiz (2/3, BB), Renny Osuna (1/4, BB), Robinzon Diaz (1/3) and Davis Stoneburner (1/4) had the club's only other hits.

Righty reliever Justin Miller may have struggled with command in the past, but he is off to an excellent start in 2011. Miller worked another shutout frame on Saturday, giving up a hit and recording two strikeouts.

Through his first two outings, Miller has thrown 28 strikes against only seven balls in three scoreless innings.

Mark Hamburger finished it out for Frisco with a shutout inning. He worked around a single, a walk, and a pair of wild pitches.

Player of the Game: 3B Tom Mendonca
3 1 1 0 1 1 1 1 .300

A+: Myrtle Beach – Wilmington – Suspended (Rain)
1-0, 0.5 GU

Saturday's game was suspended in the top of the ninth inning with the score knotted at five. The remainder of the contest will be played on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. Central. A full writeup of the contest will come on Sunday evening.

A: Hickory – Asheville – PPD (Rain)
2-0, 0.5 GB

The Crawdads and Tourists were washed out on Saturday evening. They'll play a doubleheader on Sunday afternoon, beginning at 2:00 p.m. Central. Right-handers Matt Thompson and Justin Grimm are scheduled to take the mound for Hickory.

Subscribe to LoneStarDugout.com today! Only $79.95 brings you one full year of Total Access Pass and all premium content on LoneStarDugout.com, Scout™ Player and Roster Database (including the 'Hot News' at the top of the site), Breaking News and Information, Total Access to all Scout.com Websites, and Player Pages, detailing the progress and careers of players from high school, the minors, and the pro ranks.

Sample the LoneStarDugout.com Total Access Pass™ at no risk for 7 days, then pay only $7.95 or $21.95. If you want to save 2 months off the monthly subscription price, simply choose the annual LoneStarDugout.com Total Access Pass™ at $79.95.

Future Rangers Top Stories