Minor League Roundup - 4/13

Right-hander Neil Ramirez stole the show with an impressive six-inning performance at Triple-A Round Rock, and Hickory catcher Tomas Telis won a game with a walkoff three-run homer. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at Wednesday's minor league action.

AAA: Round Rock 2 – Omaha 0
W - Ramirez (1-0)
SV - Tucker (1)
HR - Deeds (3), Teagarden (2)
4-3, 1.0 GB

Before Wednesday's contest, righty Neil Ramirez had logged just one start above the Low-A level. And that start was last week, when he made his High-A debut by fanning nine batters over 4.2 scoreless innings.

Ramirez earned the emergency promotion to Triple-A Round Rock, spelling Eric Hurley, who had come down with an illness the prior day.

The 21-year-old looked like he belonged from the start, hurling six scoreless innings on just 75 pitches against the talented Omaha lineup. Ramirez scattered three singles and fanned five without walking a batter. He faced just one batter over the minimum, retiring 15 of the final 16.

According to Ramirez after the game, he'll rejoin the Myrtle Beach club on Thursday. But if he continues to pitch like he has so far this season, he won't be with the Pelicans for much longer.

Ramirez left the game in a scoreless tie, but catcher Taylor Teagarden got Round Rock on the board with a sixth-inning solo home run off Storm Chasers starter Jeff Suppan.

The run was enough to get Ramirez the victory in his Triple-A debut.

Designated hitter Doug Deeds added to the tally with an opposite-field solo shot––his third of the season––in the seventh.

Third baseman Brian Barden (2/3) singled twice while right fielder Endy Chavez (1/4, 2B) hit his third double.

Ramirez's victory was saved by Ryan Tucker, who notched three shutout innings on 40 pitches. The reliever gave up one hit, walked zero, and hit one. He also showed a good fastball, throwing it anywhere between 91-96 mph during the three frames.

Player of the Game: RHP Neil Ramirez
6.0 3 0 0 0 5 0 0.00

AA: Frisco – OFF
3-3, 2.0 GB

The RoughRiders got a scheduled day off on Wednesday, as the club traveled to Springfield. Left-hander Martin Perez will face the Cardinals for the second time in as many starts on Thursday at 7:07 p.m. Central.

Utility infielder Erik Morrison will be activated from the Frisco disabled list, replacing the recently promoted Joey Butler.

A+: Myrtle Beach 0 – (@) Frederick 2
L - Wieland (0-1)
3-2, 0.5 GB

Wednesday night's contest featured a pair of Reno natives and former Rangers draft picks in righties Joe Wieland and Jake Rasner.

Rasner, 24, was the Rangers' seventh-round pick in the 2005 MLB Draft. He was sent to Chicago as part of the Brandon McCarthy deal prior to the '07 campaign.

Wieland and Rasner both pitched well, with each hurler going five innings. Rasner narrowly won the contest though, as Wieland yielded a run and Rasner held the Pelicans off the board for five innings.

Wieland pitched well, though, giving up just a run on four hits over five innings. He walked one and struck out eight. Between his one relief appearance and Wednesday's start, the 21-year-old begins his season with 10 punchouts in six frames.

Sinkerballing righty Kenny Gomez continued to build on his strong spring training performance. The 23-year-old went three innings, permitting just a solo home run. He walked one, fanned four, and induced five groundouts against one flyout.

The Pelicans were limited to five hits in the game, with all of them coming from centerfielder Ryan Strausborger and first baseman Chris McGuiness.

Strausborger went 2-for-4 with a triple––raising his average to .450–-while McGuiness was 3-for-4 with his first double.

Shortstop Leury Garcia was 0-for-3 with two strikeouts, a walk, and two errors. Since getting a base hit in his first at-bat of the season, Garcia is stuck in an 0-for-18 slump.

Mike Olt was hitless in four trips, striking out twice. He had reached base at least twice in each of his previous four games.

Player of the Game: RHP Joe Wieland
5.0 4 1 1 1 8 0 1.50

A: Hickory 7 – Savannah 5
W - Van Meter (1-0)
HR - Telis (2)
5-2, 1.0 GB

Switch-hitting catcher Tomas Telis had only one hit in the game, but it was a big one. The 19-year-old gave the Crawdads a walkoff victory with his two-out, three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning.

Telis, who also walked in the contest, nailed the long ball with Hickory trailing by one run. He is 6-for-22 with two homers, three walks, and just one strikeout so far this season.

Righty Randol Rojas was on and off during the start, and he ultimately yielded five runs (four earned) over 4.1 innings. He was mostly burned by a four-run second inning. The Venezuela native fanned one without walking a batter.

Scuffling right fielder Josh Richmond went 1-for-3 with a double––his first extra-base hit––and a free pass. Jurickson Profar, who has also been slumping, was 0-for-3 with two walks.

Corner infielders Jhonny Gomez (2/4) and Jonathan Roof (2/4) singled twice and combined for three runs batted in. Roof played third base and committed two errors in Wednesday's game. A natural middle infielder, Roof has already seen action at left field, shortstop, third base, and centerfield in five games.

Relievers Kevin Johnson (1.2 IP), Colby Killian (2 IP) and Joe Van Meter (1 IP) teamed up for 4.2 shutout frames to allow for the Crawdads' comeback. Johnson and Killian both kept Savannah off the board despite walking three batters apiece. Both hurlers also struck out three.

Player of the Game: C Tomas Telis
4 1 1 0 1 3 1 0 .273

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