Rangers Minor League Roundup – 7/14

The Texas Rangers' organization saw a number of strong starting pitching performances on Thursday. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action in the organization.

AAA: Round Rock 6 – (@) Memphis 2
W - Hurley (3-0)
53-38, 6.5 GU

Eric Hurley (3.98 ERA/.282 BAA) faced Memphis for the second consecutive start and turned in perhaps his best outing of the season. The 25-year-old righty worked six shutout innings on 99 pitches, giving up four hits, walking three, and striking out five.

Hurley finished the outing on a strong note by retiring the last seven hitters he faced. In 31.2 innings over seven starts this season, he has yielded 33 hits, walked 12, and struck out 21.

First baseman Brad Nelson (.271/.361/.462) helped break the game open with his two-run single in the sixth. Overall, Nelson was 3-for-5 with his 15th double and three runs batted in.

Left fielder Matt Kata (1/4, 2B) also doubled and drove in two runs.

Leonys Martin (2/5) and Chris Davis (2/5) both singled twice in five trips. Davis was playing at third base, where he committed a fielding error.

Right-handed reliever Mark Hamburger threw only 16 of his 33 pitches for strikes while walking three and allowing two runs in 1.2 innings of work.

Beau Jones (0.1 IP) and Pedro Strop (1 IP) closed out the victory with shutout relief. Strop punched out one in a 14-pitch ninth inning.

Round Rock and Memphis will play a doubleheader on Friday, with Neil Ramirez and Ryan Tucker getting the starting nods. Lefty Martin Perez is scheduled to make his Triple-A debut on Saturday evening.

Player of the Game: RHP Eric Hurley
6.0 4 0 0 3 5 0 3.98

AA: Frisco 2 – Corpus Christi 1
W - Miller (7-1)
HR - Stoneburner (5)
12-7, 1.0 GB

Frisco starting pitcher Joe Wieland allowed a home run to the second batter of the game, but he––and the Frisco bullpen–-kept the Hooks off the scoreboard for the remainder of the contest.

Wieland ended up working six innings of one-run ball. The 21-year-old scattered five hits while walking one and striking out six. He threw 57 strikes out of 88 pitches.

The 6-foot-3 prospect has allowed five total earned runs in his first four Double-A starts, two of which have come against Corpus Christi and two against Springfield. He has the following line––22 ip, 25 h, 5 er, 7 bb, 17 k.

The RoughRiders won it in walkoff fashion in the bottom of the ninth. After Jonathan Greene (2/3, HBP) was plunked to begin the frame, catcher Elio Sarmiento bunted him over to second. Greene then moved to third on a wild pitch, and the Hooks intentionally walked both Mitch Hilligoss and Engel Beltre to load the bases with nobody out.

Renny Osuna, following Beltre, lined a single into right field to give the ‘Riders the victory. Osuna was 2-for-4 with a walk and his 11th stolen base on the evening.

Second baseman Davis Stoneburner provided the club's only other run with his solo homer in the fourth inning––his fifth of the season.

Jake Brigham worked two clean innings on 25 pitches while Justin Miller tossed a nine-pitch ninth. Miller got his seventh win and lowered his ERA to 2.33.

Slugging outfielder Mike Bianucci (.256/.312/.484) fanned twice in four hitless at-bats. His batting average has gone down with each month, beginning in April––.318, .260, .237, and a current .192 in July.

Player of the Game: RHP Joe Wieland
6.0 5 1 1 1 6 1 2.05

A+: Myrtle Beach 6 – Salem 5
W - Boscan (3-6)
SV - Yan (10)
HR - Prince (6)
10-11, 3.5 GB

Myrtle Beach jumped ahead early and held on late for their second consecutive victory.

Right-hander Wilfredo Boscan (4.50 ERA/.275 BAA) broke out of a rough patch, as he held the Red Sox to two runs (one earned) over 6.2 innings. The 21-year-old scattered five hits, walked two, and struck out three.

Three-hole hitting outfielder Jared Prince (.278/.376/.393) went 3-for-4 with a home run and a walk. The 25-year-old Washington native has just as many walks (34) as strikeouts (34) in 85 games this season.

Jared Bolden (2/4, 2B, BB), Santiago Chirino (2/4, 2B), David Paisano (3/4, 2B) and Jared Hoying (1/2, 2B, BB, HBP) all doubled once.

After batting .291 in June, the 19-year-old Chirino is hitting .289 with four doubles during his first 11 contests in July.

Player of the Game: RF Jared Prince
4 2 3 0 1 1 1 0 .278

A: Hickory 6 - (@) West Virginia 2
W - Buckel (4-3)
HR - Villanueva (9), Skole (4)
14-7, 1.0 GU

Cody Buckel (2.03 ERA/.209 BAA) allowed a two-run single with two outs in the first inning. The 19-year-old then settled down to retire 13 of the final 14 hitters he faced––with the only man who reached safely doing so on an error.

In the end, Buckel allowed just one hit for the third consecutive start. He gave up two unearned runs in five innings, striking out four and walking one.

Buckel's last three starts––15.2 ip, 3 h, 1 er, 4 bb, 21 k.

The Hickory offense went ahead with four runs in the second and put the game away in the fourth, when Christian Villanueva (1/4, HR) and Jake Skole (2/4, 2B, HR) socked back-to-back home runs.

Skole, 19, already has more extra-base hits (six) in July than he has in any other month this season.

Elon product and Miami native Jimmy Reyes lowered his ERA to 1.59 after he twirled three innings of one-hit, shutout ball in the bullpen. Jorge Marban finished it off with a perfect ninth, getting one punchout.

Player of the Game: RHP Cody Buckel
5.0 1 2 0 1 4 0 2.03

SSA: Spokane 9 – (@) Everett 16
L - Payano (1-3)
HR - Robinson (1)
14-13, 0.0 GU

Spokane starter Victor Payano threw 29 pitches before he recorded his first out. In other words, it was a long night for the Indians.

Payano wouldn't get out of the first inning. And five Indians pitchers would combine to walk 13 batters in eight innings. The defense also committed three errors.

The 18-year-old Payano coughed up eight runs (four earned) on four hits and three walks in just two-thirds of an inning. He allowed a pair of home runs––a grand slam followed by a solo shot.

Payano has struggled with control in his last two outings, issuing seven free passes in 3.1 innings.

Carlos Melo walked five and gave up two runs in 2.2 innings. Lefty Juan Grullon gave out two more walks and allowed two runs in two-thirds of an inning.

Melo has walked 16 and struck out 15 in 8.2 innings with Spokane.

Third baseman Drew Robinson socked his first Northwest League home run for his only hit in four trips.

DH Trever Adams (2/5, 3B) singled and tripled while Brett Nicholas (1/4, 2B, BB) and Guillermo Pimentel (1/4, 2B) added one double apiece.

Leadoff man Hirotoshi Onaka (.250/.473/.385) had two singles and a base on balls in five plate appearances. He has worked 19 walks in his first 15 games this season.

Player of the Game: DH Trever Adams
5 1 2 0 0 3 0 2 .337

RK: AZL Rangers 13 - AZL Brewers 4
W - de los Santos (3-0)
12-6, 1.5 GU

The slugging Surprise Rangers jumped out to an 11-0 lead through four innings on Thursday evening. The team currently leads the Arizona League in runs scored (147), batting average (.312), on-base percentage (.391) and slugging percentage (.457).

The club's pitching staff is tied for third in the league with a 4.14 earned-run average, and their collective 189 strikeouts in 163 innings ranks second to the Dodgers.

Dominican righty Abel de los Santos (4.64 ERA/.253 BAA) hurled a season-high six innings and gave up three runs on three hits, walking one and striking out six. In his first 21.1 innings this year, the 18-year-old has walked two and fanned 25.

Third baseman Ryan Rua was the primary power producer, as he went 2-for-3 with two doubles, two walks, and three runs batted in.

Right fielder Chris Grayson (1/4, 2B) also doubled. Left fielder Jeremy Williams was 3-for-5 with his first triple and three RBI of his own.

Nick Urbanus (2/6), Luis Sardinas (2/4, BB) and Matt Leeds (2/5) all singled twice.

Tall right-hander K.C. Wiser worked around a walk in a scoreless seventh inning. Lefty Kevin Johnson struck out three while allowing a run in two innings.

Player of the Game: 3B Ryan Rua
3 3 2 2 0 3 2 1 .412

DSL: DSL Rangers 0 – (@) DSL Angels 3
L - Tirado (3-1)
24-15, 2.0 GU

The Dominican Rangers were no-hit by DSL Angels starter Daniel Hurtado on Thursday. The 18-year-old Hurtado is a Venezuela native who is pitching his third season in the Dominican Summer League, although he does have a 1.50 ERA in nine starts this season.

DH Elio Castillo (0/3, BB) and catcher Fernando Vivili (0/2, BB) both reached base on walks.

On the opposite side, southpaw Pedro Tirado (2.17 ERA/.203 BAA) worked a career-high seven innings in the losing effort. The 20-year-old Dominican Republic product surrendered two runs on five hits while striking out three.

Tirado has the following line in his last five starts––29 ip, 17 h, 6 r, 5 bb, 17 k.

Player of the Game: LHP Pedro Tirado
7.0 5 2 2 0 3 0 2.17

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