Minor League Roundup - 6/27

Double-A Frisco, High-A Myrtle Beach, and Single-A Hickory all posted big come-from-beyond victories on Monday. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action.

AAA: Round Rock 1 – Oklahoma City 4
L - McClung (2-3)
44-34, 2.0 GU

Seth McClung allowed only one hit in his four-inning start on Monday, but he didn't have much control. The tall veteran threw just 35 of his 78 pitches for strikes and issued five walks without recording a strikeout. It led to two runs allowed.

Meanwhile, the Round Rock offense never got much going. Nine-hole hitting catcher Robinzon Diaz singled twice in three trips. Omar Quintanilla (1/3, BB), Joey Butler (1/3, BB), Brian Barden (1/4) and Matt Kata (1/4) had the team's other hits.

Right-handed reliever Mark Hamburger (6.04 ERA/.266 BAA) retired all six batters he faced, striking out one. The former Twins farmhand has yielded just one run in his last 12.2 innings at Triple-A.

Tommy Hunter, who was recently moved into a bullpen role, gave up a double in his inning but stranded the runner around a flyout and two groundouts.

Zach Phillips (4.69 ERA/.273 BAA) finished it off by fanning two in a scoreless ninth inning.

Player of the Game: RHP Mark Hamburger
2.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 6.04

AA: Frisco 6 – (@) Corpus Christi 3
W - Scheppers (1-0)
SV - Tufts (1)
2-4, 2.0 GB

Monday's series finale in Corpus Christi initially seemed interesting because it marked the Double-A debut of 21-year-old righty Joe Wieland.

Instead, Hooks starter Xavier Carrillo stole the show by striking out the first nine––yes, all nine––batters of the game. Carillo ended up setting a Corpus Christi franchise record with 14 punchouts over 6.2 innings. He gave up just one hit.

On Sunday, Frisco lefty Robbie Erlin fanned 14 batters in 6.2 innings (a Frisco franchise record) but ended up with a no-decision after the Hooks came back to win it in the ninth.

The same happened to Carrillo. Frisco scored two in the eighth and four in the ninth to get the win.

While Wieland wasn't the headline on Monday, he was plenty good in his Texas League debut. The prospect allowed one run and scattered six singles in five innings, striking out five without walking a batter. He threw 50 of his 72 pitches for strikes.

Shortstop Guilder Rodriguez, who was 2-for-4 with his eighth double, had Frisco's only extra-base hit. Centerfielder Engel Beltre (2/4) also had two hits.

Catcher Elio Sarmiento (.256/.307/.524) singled, walked, and knocked in two.

Reliever Tanner Scheppers gave up a weak unearned run on a bloop single and a broken-bat error, but he got the victory. Scheppers worked two innings and struck out three without walking a man.

Tyler Tufts (1.95 ERA/.264 BAA) earned his first save with a scoreless ninth inning.

Player of the Game: RHP Joe Wieland
5.0 6 1 1 0 5 0 1.80

A+: Myrtle Beach 10 – (@) Salem 8
W - Ortiz (4-2)
SV - Yan (8)
4-1, 0.0 GU

The Pelicans seemingly broke the game wide open with five runs in the top of the sixth. Until Salem re-took the lead with a five-spot of their own in the seventh. Then Myrtle Beach answered with four in the top of the eighth.

It was a wild back-and-forth affair that finally––after three hours and twenty-one minutes––resulted in a Myrtle Beach victory.

Pelicans starter Kenny Gomez (2.30 ERA/.232 BAA) out-dueled Red Sox prospect Anthony Ranaudo through five innings. The sinkerballer held Salem to two runs (one earned) in five frames, giving up four hits, walking two, and fanning three.

Ranaudo was excellent through five innings, but the Pelicans got to him and reliever Kendal Volz in the sixth. Ranaudo allowed five runs in 5.1 innings.

Leadoff hitter Leury Garcia stayed red-hot by going 3-for-4 with a walk and two RBI. Though Garcia hasn't walked much this season, he has suddenly drawn five free passes in his last six games.

Ryan Strausborger (1/4, 2B, BB) doubled and stole two bases, giving him 23 swipes on the year.

David Paisano (2/4, 3B), Jared Hoying (1/5, 3B) and Mitch Hilligoss (2/5, 2B) also had extra-base knocks.

First baseman Chris McGuiness singled twice, walked once, and knocked home four runs.

Player of the Game: SS Leury Garcia
4 2 3 0 0 2 1 1 .275

A: Hickory 10 – (@) Kannapolis 8 (13 innings)
W - Henry (2-0)
SV - Rodebaugh (12)
HR - Selen (8), Profar (7)
3-2, 0.0 GU

Hard-throwing prospect Roman Mendez (4.50 ERA/.284 BAA) had by far his toughest outing of the season.

In his previous start, which came on June 14, Mendez held the Asheville Tourists to one run over seven innings of work. But on Monday, he was battered for eight runs on 10 hits in just 2.1 innings. He walked and struck out two.

After Mendez exited the game, five Hickory relievers combined to log 10.2 shutout innings as the offense climbed back into the game and ultimately took home the 13-inning win.

Colby Killian (2.2 IP), Jimmy Reyes (2 IP), Joe Van Meter (4 IP), Ben Henry (1 IP) and Ryan Rodebaugh (1 IP) did the dirty work in relief.

Van Meter's career-high four innings helped get his earned-run average down to 2.82. The 22-year-old Henry punched out all three batters he faced in the 12th. His season line with the Crawdads––19.1 ip, 12 h, 7 bb, 25 k.

Seven of Hickory's starting position players logged multiple hits in the contest.

Second baseman Odubel Herrera (.276/.331/.390) led the way with four singles in seven at-bats.

Leadoff hitter Jurickson Profar broke out of a slump by going 3-for-5 with a homer, a walk, and four runs batted in. Slugging left fielder Alejandro Selen flashed his power with a double and a long ball. He also walked twice.

Selen's solo home run––his eighth in only 21 games at Hickory––tied the game with one out in the ninth inning. The 22-year-old doesn't have nearly enough plate appearances to qualify among the circuit's league leaders, but his .693 slugging percentage would be easily the circuit's best.

Josh Richmond (2/7, 2B) and Andrew Clark (2/6, 2B, BB) both doubled while Tomas Telis (2/6, BB) and Yefry Castillo (2/6) had two singles each.

Player of the Game: SS Jurickson Profar
5 2 3 0 1 4 1 0 .269

SSA: Spokane 7 – (@) Boise 11
W - D. Perez (0-2)
HR - Nicholas (3)
6-5, 1.0 GB

The Indians finished off a rough three-game series at Bosie on Monday. After entering the weekend with a 6-2 mark, the club dropped all three against their division rivals.

Spokane plated three runs in the top of the first, but starter David Perez wasn't able to hold the lead. The talented right-hander permitted four runs in two innings, giving up four hits, walking one, and striking out two.

Chris Hanna followed by yielding eight hits in three frames of relief. The Hawks posted four runs (three earned) on the southpaw.

Despite the loss, the Spokane offense had a strong overall performance.

Cleanup hitter and first baseman Brett Nicholas was 2-for-5 with his fourth double and his third home run. He drove in three.

Rougned Odor (2/5, 2B, HBP), Nick Vickerson (1/2, 2B, 3 BB), Zach Cone (2/5, 2B) and Ruben Sierra (1/5, 2B) all doubled once.

Cone, the Rangers' supplemental first-round pick in this year's MLB Draft, is off to an excellent start. He is 12-for-33 (.364) with four doubles and a triple.

Catcher Jorge Alfaro singled twice in four trips.

Player of the Game: 1B Brett Nicholas
5 1 2 1 1 3 0 1 .325

RK: AZL Rangers 11 – (@) AZL Royals 4
W - Martinez (1-0)
HR - Leeds (3)
5-1, 3.0 GU

The Surprise Rangers continued to mash the ball around the yard, plating 11 more runs on 19 hits, including six extra-base knocks on Monday.

Through six games, the Rangers' rookie club ranks second in the Arizona League with a .317 batting average, first with a .409 on-base percentage, and first with a .511 slugging percentage.

First baseman Matt Leeds led the way, going 3-for-4 with a homer, a walk, and four runs batted in. The former SoCon Player of the Year has three round-trippers in his first six professional games.

Rehabbing centerfielder Leonys Martin singled and doubled in five trips. He was also caught stealing.

Third baseman Drew Robinson once again kept his average at an even .500 by going 3-for-6 with his second double.

Luis Sardinas (2/5, 2B) and Jordan Akins (2/5, 2B) also singled and doubled while Chris Grayson (2/5, 3B) singled, tripled, and stole two bases.

Catcher Kevin Torres had three singles and a walk in five plate appearances. Through six games, the 21-year-old is 9-for-19 with three extra-base hits and six walks.

On the pitching side, starter Shawn Blackwell worked four innings and yielded two runs. He gave up four hits while walking three and striking out five.

Nick Martinez earned his first professional victory after he surrendered an unearned run in two innings.

Sinkerballing righty Anthony Haase finished off the win with two innings of no-hit, shutout ball. He walked two and fanned two.

Player of the Game: 1B Matt Leeds
4 1 3 0 1 4 1 0 .423

DSL: DSL Rangers 3 – (@) DSL Phillies 0 (7 innings)
W - Pena (1-2)
SV - Grullon (1)
16-8, 1.0 GU

The Dominican Rangers blanked the Dominican Phillies in a rain-shortened seven-inning contest.

Right-handed starting pitcher Richelson Pena turned in the best effort of his young career, tossing five shutout innings while giving up two hits and striking out five without issuing a walk.

Left-hander Geuris Grullon got the first out of the seventh inning, and that was all he'd need, as the game was called due to rain afterward. He got credit for a save.

Cleanup hitter and third baseman Smerling Lantigua (.296/.374/.395) went 1-for-3 with his second triple of the season. It was the club's lone extra-base hit.

Anderson Jesus (1/2, BB) singled and walked while leadoff man Chris Garia (2/3) was singled twice, stole two bases, and laid down a sacrifice bunt.

Player of the Game: RHP Richelson Pena
5.0 2 0 0 0 5 0 5.52

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