Rangers Minor League Roundup – 7/30

While Saturday was a relatively quiet day in the Texas Rangers' minor league system, Triple-A Round Rock outfielder Joey Butler continued raking with three more hits in four at-bats. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action.

AAA: Round Rock 2 – (@) Nashville 3
L - Tucker (2-3)
63-45, 7.0 GU

After playing a home game on Friday evening, the Express got a quick night of sleep before waking up early and flying to Nashville. Round Rock played at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday and never got much going offensively.

Starting pitcher Ryan Tucker (4.75 ERA/.280 BAA) threw 101 pitches over a season-high 5.2 innings of work. He yielded three runs on seven hits, walking three and striking out four.

The 6-foot-1, 200-pound Tucker had worked the entire season out of the bullpen until moving into the Express' rotation in mid-July. He has worked deeper into the game with each of his four starts––2.1 innings, 4 ip, 5 ip, and 5.2 ip.

Centerfielder Leonys Martin had one RBI single in four at-bats. He also recorded an outfield assist, gunning down a runner at third base.

Joey Butler (3/4, 2B) and Matt Kata (1/3, 2B, HBP) both doubled. Butler is now batting .356/.437/.519 in 27 games this month, and he extended his current hitting streak to nine games.

Rehabbing shortstop Andres Blanco was 0-for-3 with a base on balls. With an open roster spot due to Saturday's trade, the utility man is expected to be activated from the Rangers' disabled list on Sunday.

Pedro Strop (3.47 ERA/.299 BAA) allowed one hit in 1.1 scoreless innings in relief of Tucker. Left-hander Beau Jones (3.86 ERA/.284 BAA) followed by fanning two in a 1-2-3 eighth inning.

The 24-year-old Jones has missed bats at a higher rate with each month in Triple-A. He has 16 strikeouts in 12 frames this month.

Player of the Game: RF Joey Butler
4 1 3 1 0 0 0 1 .338

AA: Frisco 5 – (@) San Antonio 11
L - Bleier (3-6)
19-16, 2.0 GB

One night after the RoughRiders no-hit the Missions, the San Antonio offense busted out for 11 runs on 15 hits. They scored nine runs in the first three innings.

On July 20, Frisco starter Richard Bleier (6.48 ERA/.340 BAA) held the Missions to just one run over 6.1 innings in San Antonio. But on Sunday night, he was knocked around for nine runs (five earned) on nine hits in 2.2 innings.

Centerfielder Engel Beltre (1/4, 3B) hit his fifth triple while right fielder Jonathan Greene (2/4, 2B, BB) belted his 24th double. Greene reached base a total of three times.

Davis Stoneburner singled twice, knocked home two runs, and committed two errors. Jose Felix (2/3, BB) and Mitch Hilligoss (2/4) also had two hits apiece.

Felix's free pass was just his sixth in 57 games this season, but it was the third in his last six contests.

The middle of Frisco's order––Tom Mendonca, Mike Bianucci, and Jose Ruiz–-combined to go 0-for-14 with four punchouts.

Hard-throwing righty reliever Jake Brigham (4.84 ERA/.249 BAA) scattered four singles over 2.1 scoreless innings. He fanned three without issuing a walk.

Tanner Scheppers worked around a walk in an otherwise clean eighth inning, striking out a pair. Scheppers has the following line in his last seven appearances––8 ip, 3 h, 0 r, 2 bb, 8 k.

Player of the Game: RF Jonathan Greene
4 2 2 1 0 0 1 1 .298

A+: Myrtle Beach 1 – Winston-Salem 6
L - de los Santos (2-3)
18-18, 2.5 GB

There wasn't much to write home about for Myrtle Beach in Saturday's game against the Dash. The Pelicans' pitching staff combined to surrender nine walks while the offense logged only a lone run on six hits.

Starting pitcher Miguel de los Santos retired the game's first four batters, getting three strikeouts. Then he allowed a one-out single and walked four of the next five hitters he faced before being lifted from the game.

Overall, the lefty allowed three runs on one hit in 1.2 innings, walking four and striking out four.

Another erratic left-hander––Kasey Kiker––entered after de los Santos and walked three more in 2.2 frames. He gave up two runs.

Trevor Hurley hurled 2.2 hitless innings out of the bullpen but surrendered a run after walking two batters. Sinkerballer Zach Osborne finished it off with two shutout innings, giving up two hits and striking out a pair. He was the only Pelicans pitcher to toss walkless ball.

Cleanup hitter Jared Prince went 2-for-4 with a double while nine-hole hitting DH David Paisano was 1-for-3 with his 10th two-bagger of the year.

Zach Zaneski (1/2, 2 BB) and Santiago Chirino (1/3) had the Pelicans' only other hits.

After going hitless in four at-bats, centerfielder Ryan Strausborger's season average dipped to .269. He was batting .305 at the All-Star break but is hitting just .181 in 30 games since.

Player of the Game: RF Jared Prince
4 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 .269

A: Hickory 5 – (@) Augusta 6
L - Rowen (2-4)
21-14, 1.5 GU

The first six Hickory Crawdads batters of the game on Saturday reached base safely, leading to four runs. But unfortunately for the ‘Dads, they'd score only one run after that initial outburst.

Making his first start since July 20, 19-year-old righty Cody Buckel gave up a season-high five runs in only four innings of work. He yielded eight hits, walked one, and fanned two.

Catcher Tomas Telis had a double and two RBI in four at-bats, prolonging his hitting streak to nine games. His two-bagger was the Crawdads' only extra-base hit.

Jurickson Profar (2/5), Josh Richmond (2/4), Christian Villanueva (2/4) and Odubel Herrera (2/4) all singled twice. Herrera stole his 26th base in 35 attempts this season. He also raised his batting average to .292.

Right-hander Francisco Mendoza struck out one and yielded one hit in 1.1 scoreless innings. The 23-year-old has given up two runs on four hits in 5.2 innings with Hickory, walking one and striking out six.

Player of the Game: C Tomas Telis
4 1 1 1 0 2 0 0 .303

SSA: Spokane 4 – Eugene 3
W - Hanna (1-1)
SV - West (3)
HR - Castillo (1)
2-3, 2.0 GB

Santo Perez (3.45 ERA/.247 BAA) issued a season-high four walks in four innings pitched, but he gave up only one run on three hits. He also struck out four batters.

Catcher Yefry Castillo launched a solo home run for his only hit in four at-bats. Trever Adams (2/4, 2B) and Ruben Sierra (2/3, 2B) had one double apiece.

Third baseman Drew Robinson, who is hitting better of late, was 0-for-0 officially with three free passes.

Native Texan Matt West punched out two in a 1-2-3 ninth inning to earn his third save of the season. In 12.1 innings for the Indians, West has fanned 18 without issuing a walk.

Player of the Game: LF Ruben Sierra
3 0 2 1 0 2 0 1 .260

RK: AZL Rangers 2 – (@) AZL Indians 3 (9 innings – Game 1)
L - Parra (1-1)

Saturday's first game was actually a continuation of the July 5 game between the Rangers and Indians, which was suspended in the top of the fifth inning––just one out away from being an official game––due to a large dust and thunderstorm.

Left-hander Alexander Claudio came on to start the sixth inning for the Rookie Rangers on Saturday. He worked three innings of two-hit, shutout ball while walking one and striking out five.

Another sidearming lefty––Sam Robinson––followed Claudio with a perfect eighth inning.

Player of the Game: LHP Alexander Claudio
3.0 2 0 0 1 5 0 0.00

RK: AZL Rangers 6 – (@) AZL Indians 1 (7 innings – Game 2)
W - Castro (2-1)
SV - G. Williams (1)
HR - J. Williams (3)
23-9, 6.5 GU

Rangers' first round selection Kevin Matthews got the start in the second game and worked two scoreless innings. He gave up one hit and struck out three without walking a batter.

Righty Kyle Castro (1.2 IP) and lefty Greg Williams (2.1 IP) finished off the game with shutout ball, as Castro earned the victory and Williams the save.

Rehabbing right-hander Tim Stanford allowed a run in one inning of work.

Left fielder Jeremy Williams (.329/.404/.622) was 1-for-3 with a home run––his second in as many games. First baseman Matt Leeds went 3-for-4 with his third triple of the season.

Speedy centerfielder Desmond Henry didn't have an official plate appearance––he walked three times.

Player of the Game: 1B Matt Leeds
4 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 .279

DSL: DSL Rangers 1 – (@) DSL Phillies 2 (6 innings – Rain)
L - Pena (2-3)
31-21, 0.0 GU

The Dominican Rangers moved into a first-place tie with the Cubs2 after Saturday's rain-shortened loss. The Rangers and Phillies were actually scheduled to play a doubleheader, though the second game was postponed once again because of the rain.

Right-hander Richelson Pena, 17, got credit first his first professional complete game by working all six innings. The 6-foot-1 hurler scattered six hits and two walks, allowing two runs (one earned). He struck out four.

Pena, who is in his first professional season, has the following line in his last five starts––28.1 ip, 20 h, 5 er, 6 bb, 14 k.

The Rangers' offense had only two hits. They were singles from third baseman Smerling Lantigua (1/3) and left fielder Diego Cedeno (1/2). Cedeno had the team's only run batted in.

Player of the Game: RHP Richelson Pena
6.0 6 2 1 2 4 0 3.06

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