Minor League Roundup - 5/20

Right-hander Luke Jackson, the Texas Rangers' supplemental first-round pick in last year's MLB Draft, made his official pro debut with Single-A Hickory on Friday evening. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action.

AAA: Round Rock 4 – Colorado Springs 5
L - Strop (2-2)
HR - N. Cruz (1)
25-16, 1.5 GU

Rehabbing Rangers sluggers Nelson Cruz (right field) and Josh Hamilton (designated hitter) played their first games with Triple-A Round Rock on Friday evening.

Cruz had a particularly strong performance, going 3-for-4 with a two-run homer. Hamilton doubled for his only hit in four trips. He also struck out once.

Starting pitcher Seth McClung (3.92 ERA/.258 BAA) worked at least six innings for the third consecutive start. The 30-year-old went 6.2 frames on Friday, giving up four runs on eight hits. He walked one and fanned two.

Zach Phillips (7.88 ERA/.361 BAA in May) retired all three batters he faced, striking out two. After getting out to an excellent start, Phillips had yielded runs in six of his last seven outings before Friday.

Second baseman Luis Cruz (.271/.307/.426) wasn't the only Cruz to do some damage with the bat. The 27-year-old Mexico native singled three times in four trips, giving him multi-hit outings in each of his last three games.

First baseman Chad Tracy singled and doubled––his eighth––in four trips.

Hard-throwing reliever Pedro Strop was stuck with the loss after he allowed a run on two hits in 1.1 innings. He fanned two and didn't walk a batter.

Strop struck out the final batter of the eighth but struggled in the ninth. After giving up a leadoff double, the runner moved to third on a sacrifice bunt and scored on a ground-ball single to left field. He then got a groundout and a strikeout to end the frame.

Player of the Game: RF Nelson Cruz
4 1 3 0 1 2 0 0 .750

AA: Frisco 7 – (@) San Antonio 8
L - Bleier (0-1)
HR - Adair (1, 2)
22-19, 6.0 GB

The Friso offense pushed across seven runs on 13 hits against the division-leading San Antonio Missions, but it wasn't enough to get the victory.

Designated hitter Travis Adair (.255/.281/.436) launched a pair of solo home runs in four at-bats. Between Myrtle Beach and Frisco, the 23-year-old now has four homers on the year. He had only two in his three-year career prior to this season.

Second baseman Renny Osuna (.336/.371/.439) extended his modest hitting streak to six games by getting four singles––and scoring three runs––in five at-bats. Osuna is 26-for-75 (.347) in May.

Tom Mendonca (2/5, 2B) and Jose Felix (1/4, 2B) doubled while Jose Ruiz (2/5) singled twice.

Leadoff hitter Leonys Martin was 1-for-4 with a walk and a strikeout. He was also 1-for-2 on the base paths, making him 4-for-8 in the steals department over his first eight games.

Martin's strikeout was the first of his state-side professional career. He is 9-for-33 (.273/.351/.424) with two doubles, a homer, four walks, and one strikeout.

Sinkerballing starter Richard Bleier was knocked around for six runs on 11 hits in only 3.1 innings of work, raising his earned-run average to 5.50.

Righty Tyler Tufts (2.77 ERA/.286 BAA) worked around two singles in 1.2 shutout frames, striking out three.

Player of the Game: DH Travis Adair
4 2 2 0 2 2 0 2 .255

A+: Myrtle Beach 4 – (@) Wilmington 6
L - Kelly (2-2)
HR - Olt (7)
25-16, 2.0 GU

Robbie Ross (2.47 ERA/.259 BAA) wiggled his way in and out of jams on Friday. In the end, despite allowing eight hits and three walks in five innings, he yielded just two unearned runs. Ross also struck out three.

The 21-year-old Ross has allowed one earned run or fewer in seven of his nine appearances––and six of his eight starts––this season.

Ryan Kelly worked two clean innings of relief before getting roughed up for four runs in the bottom of the eighth. Overall, Kelly gave up four runs (three earned) in 2.1 innings. He yielded three hits and walked one.

Trevor Hurley got out of the jam by recording the final two outs of the eighth.

Third baseman Mike Olt (.277/.392/.496) launched a solo home run on the first pitch he saw during the game. He also worked his league-leading 26th walk in 39 contests.

Mitch Hilligoss (1/4, 2B) doubled while Zach Zaneski (2/4) singled twice and knocked home two runs.

Player of the Game: 3B Mike Olt
3 1 1 0 1 1 1 0 .277

A: Hickory 5 – (@) Rome 6
L - Killian (2-1)
22-19, 5.0 GB

Making his official professional debut on Friday, supplemental first-round pick Luke Jackson was cruising along until the fifth inning. Jackson didn't retire any of the three hitters he faced in the fifth, giving up two walks and a double.

Overall, the 19-year-old worked four-plus innings and allowed four runs on four hits, walking two and striking out four.

Leadoff hitter and shortstop Jurickson Profar (.254/.372/.474) had another huge game, going 4-for-5 with a double, two RBI, and his fifth stolen base. He is now 14-for-38 (.368) over his last 10 contests.

Profar left the game in the ninth inning after he appeared to injure his leg during a collision with the shortstop while stealing second base.

Right fielder Josh Richmond (2/4, 2B) and second baseman Odubel Herrera (1/5, 2B) also doubled.

Jake Skole (2/3, BB) and Jhonny Gomez (2/4) also singled twice.

Right-hander Jorge Marban retired all three batters he faced, striking out three, lowering his earned-run average to 3.48.

Player of the Game: SS Jurickson Profar
5 1 4 1 0 2 0 0 .254

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