Minor League Roundup - 4/29

The Single-A Hickory Crawdads turned in another solid all-around effort on Friday, getting excellent performances from a number of top prospects. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action.

AAA: Round Rock 5 – (@) Memphis 4 (13 innings)
W - Mobley (2-0)
14-8, 0.5 GU

The Express and Redbirds played free baseball for the second consecutive night, but this time it was Round Rock that took home the victory. Brad Nelson won the game with his RBI single in the top of the 13th.

Starting pitcher Neil Ramirez (1.69 ERA/.157 BAA) continued to make his case for sticking in the Triple-A rotation––because he has been Round Rock's most effective starting pitcher.

The 21-year-old threw 87 pitches (55 strikes) in 5.1 innings, giving up a run on three hits. He walked two and fanned eight. Through 21.1 frames with the Express, Ramirez has permitted only 11 hits while walking eight and striking out 25.

Round Rock lost the lead after veteran righty Yhency Brazoban coughed up three runs (two earned) on three hits and three walks in one inning of work.

Third baseman Brian Barden (1/4, 2B, BB) doubled for his club's only extra-base hit of the night. Centerfielder Endy Chavez raised his average to .346 with three singles in six at-bats.

Chad Tracy singled once and walked twice in five trips.

After Brazoban, the Express' bullpen threw up zeros for the next 6.2 frames. Relievers Beau Jones (1.2 IP), Mark Lowe (1 IP), Yoshinori Tateyama (2 IP) and Chris Mobley (2 IP) teamed up for the scoreless ball.

Lowe threw eight of his 11 pitches for strikes in a perfect ninth inning, getting one punchout.

Player of the Game: RHP Neil Ramirez
5.1 3 1 1 2 8 0 1.69

AA: Frisco 0 – (@) Corpus Christi 4
L - Boscan (1-3)
7-14, 7.0 GB

The RoughRiders were shut out for the first time this season on Friday evening. The Frisco offense collected only five singles spread through the nine innings, and only one runner got as far as second base.

Wilfredo Boscan (6.95 ERA/.323 BAA) worked into the seventh inning for the first time in his short Double-A career. The 21-year-old Venezuela native permitted four runs on seven hits in 6.2 innings, walking two and fanning three.

Tyler Tufts, who was promoted from High-A Myrtle Beach on Thursday, retired all four batters he faced to finish the game. The sinkerballer logged 18 innings over 14 appearances with the ‘Riders last season.

Playing in his second Double-A game, left fielder Travis Adair lined out, grounded out, and struck out in his three plate appearances.

Player of the Game: RHP Tyler Tufts
1.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00

A+: Myrtle Beach 1 – Frederick 5
L - Wieland (1-2)
13-8, 2.5 GB

All six runs were scored in the first 2.5 innings of the contest before the two club's pitched shutout ball the rest of the way.

Myrtle Beach starter Joe Wieland (2.52 ERA/.268 BAA) battled through a rough early patch before finishing six innings. He allowed five runs on eight hits, striking out five and walking zero.

After giving up five runs in his first 2.1 innings, Wieland settled down and retired 10 of the final 12 hitters he faced. He now has 28 strikeouts against three walks in 25 innings this season.

Left fielder and leadoff hitter Ryan Strausborger (.311/.357/.511) remained hot, going 2-for-3 with his second triple and his sixth stolen base. The 23-year-old has swiped six bags in nine attempts.

First baseman Mitch Hilligoss (2/4, 2B) and third baseman Mike Olt (1/3, 2B, BB) also doubled.

Speedy shortstop Leury Garcia raised his average to .286 with two more singles in four plate appearances.

Louisiana-Lafayette product Zach Osborne turned in a successful High-A debut with two hitless, scoreless frames. Osborne punched out the Keys' 3-4-5 hitters––all swinging––in a perfect eighth inning.

Trevor Hurley (1.17 ERA/.259 BAA) hurled a 1-2-3 ninth, giving him five consecutive appearances without allowing a run.

Player of the Game: LF Ryan Strausborger
3 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 .311

A: Hickory 8 – Augusta 3
W - Mendez (4-0)
HR - Profar (3), Skole (1)
15-7, 0.5 GU

A number of Hickory's top prospects turned in outstanding performances in Friday's 8-3 victory. All nine starters had at least one hit, and starting pitcher Roman Mendez picked up his fourth victory in five starts.

The hard-throwing Mendez, who was acquired from Boston in the Jarrod Saltalamacchia deal last summer, limited Augusta to one run on two hits over six innings. He walked one and struck out two.

Left fielder Jake Skole (.280/.349/.373) broke the game wide open with his grand slam in the fifth inning. It was his only hit in five at-bats.

Shortstop Jurickson Profar (.234/.368/.553) also had a solid night, going 2-for-4 with a double, a round-tripper, and a free pass. Since coming off the disabled list on April 25, Profar is 6-for-18 with three extra-base hits, four walks, and only two strikeouts.

Young backstop Kellin Deglan continued to show improvement with two doubles and a single in four at-bats.

Odubel Herrera (2/4, HBP), Josh Richmond (1/2, 3 BB) and Christian Villanueva (2/5) also reached multiple times.

After beginning his first full season in extended spring training, righty Cody Buckel made his Single-A debut by yielding two runs in two frames. He gave up four hits, walked one, and struck out two. Buckel was the Rangers' second-round pick last season.

Andres Perez-Lobo worked around a walk in an otherwise clean ninth inning to close out the win.

Player of the Game: RHP Roman Mendez
6.0 2 1 1 1 2 0 2.78

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