Rangers Minor League Roundup – 7/27

The High-A Myrtle Beach Pelicans picked up a doubleheader sweep on Wednesday, as the pitching staff tossed a pair of seven-inning shutouts. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action in the Texas Rangers' system.

AAA: Round Rock 13 – Memphis 4
W - Jackson (8-4)
HR - Kata (10), Majewski (1)
61-44, 6.0 GU

Right fielder Val Majewski has only been a member of the Rangers' organization for two days, but he is already making his presence felt in Round Rock.

On Wednesday, the 30-year-old outfielder went 3-for-5 with a double, a homer, and four RBI. Majewski, who had been playing independent ball, belted his first Triple-A home run since 2008––when he did it for the Express in the Astros' organization.

Matt Kata (.291/.359/.482) jacked a three-run homer, his 10th of the season. He also singled. The 33-year-old's 10 home run total is his most in a single season since he hit 10 between Triple-A and the majors with Arizona in 2003.

Brad Nelson (3/4, 2B), Esteban German (2/5, 2B) and Chad Tracy (1/5, 2B) all doubled once. German stole his 29th base in 33 attempts.

Centerfielder Joey Butler had a single and two walks in five trips, bumping his Triple-A on-base percentage to .390.

Starter Zach Jackson worked the first five innings and surrendered four runs (three earned) on five hits and three walks. The lefty matched a season high with five strikeouts.

Right-handed relievers Mark Hamburger (2 IP), Pedro Strop (1 IP) and Cody Eppley (1 IP) teamed up for four innings of two-hit, shutout ball to finish off the ‘W'.

Player of the Game: RF Val Majewski
5 1 3 1 1 4 0 1 .500

AA: Frisco 3 – Midland 8
L - Snyder (8-3)
18-14, 2.0 GB

Midland peppered the RoughRiders' pitching staff with 19 hits––leading to eight runs––in Wednesday night's game. On the opposite side, Frisco's offense managed only four knocks.

Catcher Elio Sarmiento (.288/.343/.504) had the biggest night, going 2-for-2 with a double and a base on balls. First baseman Mitch Hilligoss was 1-for-2 with a two-bagger and a walk.

Davis Stoneburner, who singled and was hit by a pitch in four trips, had the club's only other hit.

Slugging third baseman Tom Mendonca struck out three times in four hitless at-bats.

Left-hander Ben Snyder scuffled, as he coughed up seven runs on 12 hits in only 4.2 innings of work. The bullpen trio of Tyler Tufts (1.2 IP), Fabio Castillo (2 IP) and Johan Yan (1 IP) allowed seven hits in 4.2 innings of work, but they gave up just a lone unearned run.

In his fifth Double-A appearance, Yan worked around two hits and struck out one in a scoreless ninth inning. He has the following line with Frisco––8 ip, 5 h, 0 r, 4 bb, 5 k.

Player of the Game: C Elio Sarmiento
2 2 2 1 0 1 1 0 .288

A+: Myrtle Beach 5 – Lynchburg 0 (7 innings – Game 1)
W - Grimm (3-2)
HR - Chirino (4)

The Pelicans' offense batted just .112 during their recent four-game losing streak, but the bats woke up just in time for Wednesday's doubleheader.

While the offense showed improvement, the pitching stayed dominant.

Right-hander Justin Grimm (3.49 ERA/.259 BAA) scattered three singles over six scoreless innings, walking one and striking out four. Ryan Rodebaugh finished the game with a 1-2-3 seventh that included one strikeout.

Third baseman Santiago Chirino put the game out of reach with his three-run homer––his fourth of the season––in the sixth inning. He also singled, raising his average to .276.

Second baseman Travis Adair was a perfect 3-for-3 with his eighth double. David Paisano (1/2, 2B, HBP) also had a double.

Speedster Leury Garcia singled once and walked once in four trips.

Player of the Game: RHP Justin Grimm
6.0 3 0 0 1 4 0 3.49

A+: Myrtle Beach 4 – Lynchburg 0 (7 innings – Game 2)
W - Bell (2-0)
17-16, 2.0 GB

Lefties Chad Bell and Joe Ortiz made it 14 shutout innings for the Pelicans' pitching staff in the doubleheader with their brilliant one-hit performance.

Bell (2.95 ERA/.230 BAA) gave up a leadoff double in the third inning. And that was the only base runner the Hillcats would manage during the entire game. The 22-year-old worked five innings of one-hit ball, striking out four without issuing a walk.

Ortiz (2.29 ERA/.210 BAA) slammed the door with six consecutive outs during the sixth and seventh innings.

The diminutive Venezuela native has yielded one run on four hits in 10 innings this month, walking only one and fanning nine.

Three-hole hitting DH Travis Adair (.331/.369/.437 in High-A) made it a perfect doubleheader by going 3-for-3 with an RBI in the nightcap. He was a total 6-for-6 in the two contests.

Andres James (2/3, 2B, BB) and Jared Prince (1/3, 2B) both doubled. Catcher Vin DiFazio had two hits in three at-bats.

Player of the Game: LHP Chad Bell
5.0 1 0 0 0 4 0 2.95

A: Hickory – OFF
20-12, 2.0 GU

The entire Sally League was off on Wednesday. Hickory returns to action by kicking off a four-game series at Augusta (17-14) on Thursday.

SSA: Spokane 2 – Eugene 3
L - McBride (0-2)
HR - Pimentel (1)
0-2, 2.0 GB

Nick McBride induced 10 groundouts and only one flyout on Wednesday, but he suffered the loss after yielding three runs in five innings. The tall righty allowed five hits while walking one and striking out two.

Carlos Melo and Jerad Eickhoff kept the Indians in the game by keeping Eugene off the scoreboard for four innings, but the Spokane offense never posed much of a threat.

Melo worked around three walks in 1.2 hitless, scoreless innings. He struck out three. The talented-but-erratic righty now has 22 walks and 21 strikeouts in 11.1 frames for Spokane.

Eickhoff, the Rangers' 15th round pick in this year's MLB Draft, fanned four in 2.1 innings. He gave up a hit and a walk.

Right fielder Guillermo Pimentel launched a solo home run––his first of the season––in three at-bats. Catcher Yefry Castillo was 1-for-3 with his first double. Brett Nicholas (1/4) and Edwin Garcia (1/3) had the only other hits.

Supplemental first-round selection Zach Cone went 0-for-2 with a walk. After starting strong, the 21-year-old is now just 2-for-31 in his last 10 ballgames.

Player of the Game: RHP Jerad Eickhoff
2.1 1 0 0 1 4 0 2.70

RK: AZL Rangers – OFF
20-8, 5.5 GU

The Rookie Rangers were off on Wednesday. On Thursday, they travel across the valley for an 11:00 a.m. matchup against the league-leading 22-8 AZL Giants.

DSL: DSL Rangers 14 – DSL Marlins 5
W - Nunez (2-2)
SV - Moreno (1)
HR - Abreu (2)
30-19, 1.5 GU

Since the beginning of the season, the Dominican Rangers have been sharing a complex with the Marlins in Boca Chica. On Wednesday, the Rangers busted out for 14 runs on 17 hits, including six extra-base knocks against their neighbors.

Left fielder Esdras Abreu hasn't received regular playing time this season––his third in the Dominican Summer League. But the 19-year-old had a big day on Wednesday, going 3-for-3 with a triple, a homer, a walk, and four RBI. He was just a double shy of the cycle.

Centerfielder Diego Cedeno raised his average to .346 with five hits––including his second double––in six at-bats. He also drove in four runs.

Chris Garia (2/4, 2B, BB) and Aneudy Feliz (2/5, 2B) also doubled. Third baseman Belarmino Campos was 3-for-5 with his first triple.

First baseman Christefer Obispo had two singles, a walk, and a sacrifice fly in five plate appearances.

The only negative of the day offensively was scuffling shortstop Luis Marte, who went 0-for-6 with the platinum sombrero––five punchouts. The 17-year-old is just 3-for-36 with 12 strikeouts over his last 10 contests.

Starting pitcher Nerfy Nunez (2.70 ERA/.278 BAA) fanned a season-high five batters while allowing four runs––all unearned––in 5.2 innings. He gave up three hits and walked three.

Luis Moreno (4.50 ERA/.305 BAA) finished the game with 3.1 frames of three-hit, one-run ball while striking out a pair.

Player of the Game: LF Esdras Abreu
3 4 3 0 1 4 1 0 .193

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