Minor League Roundup - 5/19

Myrtle Beach pitchers Barret Loux and Joe Ortiz hurled a gem on Thursday evening, giving the club a three-game division lead. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action.

AAA: Round Rock 8 – Colorado Springs 3
W - Feldman (1-0)
HR - Tracy (6, 7)
25-15, 2.5 GU

Rehabbing starting pitcher Scott Feldman settled in after struggling early and yielded three runs over six innings. The right-hander scattered eight hits (including four doubles) and fanned three without walking a batter. He threw 53 of his 81 pitches for strikes.

First baseman Chad Tracy (.267/.360/.459) was the star offensively, going 2-for-4 with a pair of homers and four RBI. Tracy now has seven long balls on the season.

Left fielder Luis Cruz was 2-for-4 with his seventh double, Round Rock's only other extra base hit.

Centerfielder Esteban German raised his average to .302 with four singles in five at-bats. He also knocked in two runs and stole his 11th base.

Omar Quintanilla (2/5) singled twice while Brad Nelson (1/3, BB) singled and walked.

Left-hander Michael Kirkman (5.88 ERA/.359 BAA), who worked out of the bullpen, worked around a hit and a walk in 1.1 scoreless innings. He also fanned one. Although Kirkman got off to a poor start, he has yielded only three earned runs in 16.1 innings this month.

Ryan Tucker, appearing in his first game since being optioned back to Triple-A, retired all five hitters he faced, getting two strikeouts. The 24-year-old hadn't pitched since May 9 against Oakland, when he walked both batters he faced.

Player of the Game: DH Chad Tracy
4 2 2 0 2 4 0 2 .267

AA: Frisco 7 – Midland 4
W - Flores (1-1)
SV - Castillo (1)
22-18, 5.0 GB

The RoughRiders finished off a four-game home sweep of the RockHounds, improving to 14-4 in May.

Playing in his second rehab game, designated hitter Josh Hamilton went 0-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout. He hit a home run in Wednesday's game.

Righty Chris Mobley, making a spot start, threw 57 pitches and allowed four runs in two innings of work. The veteran swingman gave up five hits, walked two, and struck out one.

Frisco got excellent work from right-handed relievers Adalberto Flores (1.50 ERA/.256 BAA), Ramon Aguero (3.86 ERA/.080 BAA) and Fabio Castillo (8.03 ERA/.261 BAA). Flores worked three scoreless innings while Aguero and Castillo hurled two shutout frames apiece.

After a poor start, Castillo is beginning to show signs of improvement. He hasn't allowed a run in his last three outings, spanning five innings.

Nine-hole hitting shortstop Guilder Rodriguez (.295/.386/.410 in May) was 2-for-4 with his second triple of the season. Rodriguez certainly isn't known for his power, but he has four extra-base hits in his last eight contests.

Tom Mendonca (0/2, 2 BB) walked twice while Jose Ruiz (1/3, BB) and Engel Beltre (1/3, BB) both singled and walked.

Leadoff man Leonys Martin was hitless in three official at-bats, also he also drew a base on balls and laid down a sacrifice bunt.

Player of the Game: RHP Adalberto Flores
3.0 2 0 0 2 4 0 1.50

A+: Myrtle Beach 3 – (@) Winston-Salem 1
W - Loux (3-3)
SV - Ortiz (3)
HR - Zaneski (4, 5)
25-15, 3.0 GU

Pelicans starter Barret Loux (3.89 ERA/.231 BAA) let a run score on a first-inning wild pitch. Then he––plus reliever Joe Ortiz––kept the Dash off the scoreboard for the remainder of the game.

Loux allowed just that one run over six innings, giving up four singles, walking two, and striking out five.

Ortiz (1.29 ERA/.151 BAA) was even more effective, hurling three innings of no-hit ball to close out the game. He walked one and struck out two.

The 20-year-old Ortiz stands just 5-foot-7, 175-pounds, but he has good stuff in an 88-91 mph fastball and an above-average slider that he can locate at will. He has posted the following line in his last nine appearances––18 ip, 7 h, 0 r, 3 bb, 12 k. Fellow lefties are just 2-for-23 with eight strikeouts against him this season.

Zach Zaneski (.295/.345/.577) had his second multi-homer game of the year, belting a pair of solo shots to give him five on the season. The 24-year-old went 5-for-6 with three doubles and two homers just nine games before, on May 3.

Jared Prince (1/3, 2B) doubled while Santiago Chirino (1/3), Ryan Strausborger (1/3) and Jared Hoying (1/4) singled for the Pelicans' only other hits.

Player of the Game: C Zach Zaneski
3 2 2 0 2 2 0 0 .295

A: Hickory 2 – Greensboro 3 (11 innings)
L - Rodebaugh (1-2)
22-18, 5.0 GB

Nick Tepesch (3.45 ERA/.292 BAA) made the longest start of his young professional career, working six innings. The 22-year-old permitted two runs on three hits, walking one and striking out three.

Three-hole hitting DH Tomas Telis (.287/.333/.427) broke out of a mini-slump by going 2-for-4 with his fifth double and his seventh walk. In 38 games, the switch-hitting Telis has seven walks and 11 strikeouts on the season.

Right fielder Josh Richmond (2/5, 2B) singled, doubled, and struck out three times.

Jurickson Profar (1/4, 2 BB), Andrew Clark (2/5) and Jake Skole (1/3, 2 BB) also reached multiple times.

Making his first official appearance of the season, right-hander Ben Henry hurled a hitless, scoreless inning, plunking one and striking out one.

Southpaw Jimmy Reyes added two shutout innings, working around two hits. He also fanned one.

Ryan Rodebaugh (0.76 ERA/.221 BAA) suffered the loss after he allowed one run in two innings of work. Rodebaugh has yielded two runs in 23.2 innings this season––and both runs have ended in losses for him.

Player of the Game: RHP Nick Tepesch
6.0 3 2 2 1 3 1 3.45

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