Minor League Roundup - 4/16

Frisco third baseman Tom Mendonca went yard in both games of the 'Riders double-dip against Springfield on Saturday. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action.

AAA: Round Rock 9 – (@) New Orleans 6
W - Hankins (2-0)
SV - Eppley (2)
6-4, 0.0 GU

Tanner Scheppers returned from the disabled list (lower back) to make his first appearance of the season on Saturday.

In a scheduled two-inning start, Scheppers permitted three runs on four hits, walking zero and fanning two. The former first-round pick, who threw 25 of 39 pitches for strikes, worked a perfect first inning but ran into trouble in the second.

Derek Hankins scattered seven hits and yielded three runs over five innings of relief en route to his second victory in as many appearances.

After falling behind 3-1 through two innings, the Express came storming back with the help of five doubles.

Left fielder Doug Deeds (2/5, 2 2B) doubled twice while Esteban German (2/4, 2B, 2 BB), Endy Chavez (2/4, 2B) and Matt Kata (1/3, 2B) all doubled once. Deeds and German both notched a stolen base.

Chavez, 33, got the start in center field. Through eight games, he's 14-for-35 (.400) with four doubles, a triple, and a round-tripper.

Round Rock scored four of its runs on sacrifice flies. New Orleans pitchers walked nine batters in the game.

Right-handed sidearming relievers Yoshinori Tateyama and Cody Eppley hurled one scoreless inning apiece. Both pitchers fanned two in their frame.

Righy hitters have combined to go 2-for-18 with no walks and six strikeouts against Tateyama and Eppley so far this season.

Player of the Game: 3B Esteban German
4 1 2 1 0 1 2 1 .275

AA: Frisco 6 – (@) Springfield 4 (7 innings – Game 1)
W - Brigham (1-0)
SV - Miller (1)
HR - Mendonca (3)

Much like in his first Double-A outing, righty Jake Brigham was inconsistent from inning to inning. But he has held his own both times, and Brigham earned his first Texas League victory on Saturday.

The 23-year-old threw 82 pitches over five innings, allowing three runs on five hits. He walked four and struck out four.

Cleanup hitter and third baseman Tom Mendonca was 1-for-4 with three punchouts, but the lone knock was a two-run homer.

Scuffling second baseman Davis Stoneburner went 1-for-3 with a triple and a HBP. Guilder Rodriguez (1/3, 2B) belted his first double.

Engel Beltre (1/3, BB), Mike Bianucci (1/3, BB) and Jose Ruiz (2/3) all reached base twice.

Left-handed reliever Beau Jones worked a perfect sixth inning with two strikeouts for his second hold.

Justin Miller, who had shown solid command through his first couple outings, needed 36 pitches to get through the seventh inning. Miller eventually recorded the save, though he allowed a run after walking three batters and giving up a hit.

Player of the Game: 3B Tom Mendonca
4 1 1 0 1 2 0 3 .185

AA: Frisco 5 – (@) Springfield 6 (7 innings – Game 2)
L - de los Santos (0-1)
HR - Mendonca (4)
4-5, 2.0 GB

Tom Mendonca (.267/.313/.667) also went yard in the nightcap. The Fresno State product was a perfect 3-for-3 with a three-run jack.

Mendonca has been almost literally all or nothing through his first eight Double-A games. The third baseman is 8-for-30 with four home runs, one walk, and 11 strikeouts.

Erratic starter Miguel de los Santos gave up just two hits in four-plus innings, but five walks helped lead to six runs. He struck out five.

De los Santos struggled in the first before settling down in the second, third, and fourth frames. He walked three consecutive hitters to begin the fifth before being pulled, and all three batters came around to score.

Righty Ramon Aguero, who entered with the bases loaded and nobody out in the fifth, let all three inherited runners score but didn't permit a run of his own in the inning. He gave up a hit and walked two.

Between de los Santos, Aguero, and Adalberto Flores, Frisco's pitchers combined to walk nine while yielding only three hits in six innings.

Second baseman Davis Stoneburner was 1-for-4 with his first double.

Engel Beltre singled once and walked once in four trips for the second consecutive game. In nine total games, he is 8-for-35 (.229) with a double, two triples, three walks, and seven punchouts.

Player of the Game: 3B Tom Mendonca
3 2 3 0 1 3 0 0 .267

A+: Myrtle Beach 11 – (@) Lynchburg 4
W - Loux (1-0)
SV - Tufts (2)
HR - Hoying (1, 2)
5-3, 0.0 GU

The Pelicans carried a 4-3 lead into the top of the ninth inning, when the club erupted for a seven-run outburst to run away with the victory.

Designated hitter Jared Hoying posted one of his best games as a pro, going 2-for-4 with a pair of solo home runs and a walk.

Starting pitcher Barret Loux limited the Hillcats to two runs on five hits over five innings. The Texas A&M product walked one, struck out four, and induced seven groundouts to one airout.

In relief of Loux, lefty Joe Ortiz posted a pair of shutout frames for his best outing of the young season.

Backstop Vin DiFazio (.316 in five games) was 2-for-4 with two doubles, a walk, and three runs batted in.

Santiago Chirino (3/5, 2B) and Mike Olt (1/5, 2B) both doubled once.

Though it's still early, 19-year-old second baseman Santiago Chirino appears to be having little problem offensively after skipping past Single-A Hickory. Chirino is 9-for-26 (.346) with a pair of two-baggers.

Corner outfielders Jared Prince and Jared Bolden, who were both hitless on Saturday, are a combined 4-for-52 (.077) to begin the season. Bolden did draw three walks in the contest.

Player of the Game: DH Jared Hoying
4 1 2 0 2 3 1 0 .400

A: Hickory 9 – (@) Kannapolis 5
W - Killian (1-0)
6-4, 1.5 GB

The Crawdads gave starting pitcher Justin Grimm an early cushion by scoring six runs and sending 11 men to the plate in the top of the first inning.

Leadoff hitter Teodoro Martinez led the way with two doubles in the frame. Overall, the speedster was 3-for-5 with his third stolen base.

Grimm allowed two runs (one earned) over four innings of work. He gave up two hits (including a solo homer) while walking three and punching out five.

Hickory continues to get plenty of production from a group of youngsters who spent the majority of last season in the rookie-level Arizona League.

Second baseman Odubel Herrera was 2-for-5 with a double while first baseman Jhonny Gomez had a single and a walk in four plate appearances.

Despite their youth, the AZL graduates––Martinez, Herrera, Gomez, Christian Villanueva, and Tomas Telis––have teamed up to post a .329/.384/.493 slash line in the early going.

Andres Perez-Lobo, recently up from extended spring training, issued three walks and allowed a run in his one-inning full-season debut.

Tall southpaw Kevin Johnson closed out the game with two shutout innings, permitting a hit, walking one, and striking out two.

Player of the Game: CF Teodoro Martinez
5 1 3 2 0 1 0 1 .333

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