Rangers Minor League Roundup – 8/17

Spokane right-hander Nick McBride turned in seven solid innings in the Indians' victory on Wednesday evening. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action in the Texas Rangers' system.

AAA: Round Rock 1 – (@) Fresno 0
W - Hamburger (6-4)
SV - Scheppers (1)
74-51, 11.0 GU

The Express shut out the Grizzlies on Wednesday, as right-hander Mark Hamburger made just his second professional start.

Hamburger (4.04 ERA/.240 BAA) threw 70 pitches in 5.1 scoreless innings, scattering four hits, walking one, and striking out four. He hasn't allowed a run in his last seven appearances, spanning 18.1 innings.

Cody Eppley (0.2 IP) got out of the sixth inning while Zach Jackson (1.1 IP) and Tanner Scheppers (1.2 IP) finished off the shutout by keeping Fresno off the scoreboard.

Scheppers worked 1.2 innings without allowing a hit. He threw 20 pitches while walking one and striking out one.

DH Chad Tracy (1/3, 2B, BB) hit his 28th double for Round Rock's lone extra-base hit. Nick Green (2/4), Brad Nelson (1/2, 2 BB) and Jose Ruiz (1/2, BB) also reached multiple times.

Player of the Game: RHP Mark Hamburger
5.1 4 0 0 1 4 0 4.04

AA: Frisco 2 – (@) Northwest Arkansas 14
L - Flores (4-3)
27-24, 5.0 GB

Starting pitcher Neil Ramirez, who has battled an illness lately, worked a scoreless first inning with two strikeouts. Unfortunately for the RoughRiders, Ramirez led the game after just one inning and it was all downhill from there.

Adalberto Flores (3 IP), Fabio Castillo (1 IP) and Corey Young (2 IP) surrendered four, four, and five runs––respectively––during their relief appearances on Wednesday. The three relievers combined to allow 13 runs––all earned––in six innings.

Castillo (7.04 ERA/.295 BAA) has been inconsistent throughout the season, but things have taken a turn for the worse recently. He has the following line in his last four outings––3 ip, 11 h, 11 r, 5 bb, 2 k.

Tom Mendonca (1/4, 2B), Engel Beltre (1/4, 2B) and Davis Stoneburner (1/4, 2B) all doubled once and struck out twice. The Frisco offense fanned 10 times in the game.

Appearing in his first Double-A contest, designated hitter Matt Leeds went 0-for-2 with a base on balls.

Player of the Game: RHP Neil Ramirez
1.0 1 0 0 0 2 0 0.00

A+: Myrtle Beach 3 – (@) Salem 8
L - Boscan (4-11)
25-27, 4.0 GB

Wilfredo Boscan cruised through the first two innings but was socked around in the third. Boscan ended up working three innings, giving up six runs on nine hits.

Meanwhile, the Pelicans' offense did a little––but not much––against Red Sox prospect Anthony Ranaudo. The former Rangers' draft pick out of high school yielded two runs in five frames.

Right fielder Jared Prince led the way by going 3-for-4 with a double, raising his average to .281. Travis Adair (1/4, 3B) added his second triple.

Ryan Kelly (4.17 ERA/.251 BAA) continues to build on a string of solid outings. The 23-year-old worked two shutout frames, giving up one hit, walking one, and fanning one.

Kelly has the following line in his last five outings––7.1 ip, 1 h, 0 r, 2 bb, 6 k.

Player of the Game: RF Jared Prince
4 1 3 1 0 2 0 0 .281

A: Hickory 3 – (@) Charleston 2
W - Monegro (1-0)
SV - Marban (2)
HR - Richmond (9)
29-23, 1.5 GB

Hickory picked up its third consecutive victory over Charleston on Wednesday.

Making his full-season debut, lefty Will Lamb hurled 4.2 scoreless innings, giving up two hits, walking three, and striking out four.

Right fielder Josh Richmond socked the eventual game-winning homer in the top of the seventh inning, a solo shot and his ninth of the season.

Alejandro Selen (1/4, 3B) tripled while Jurickson Profar (1/4, 2B) and Odubel Herrera (2/4, 2B) both doubled. Herrera raised his batting average to an even .300.

Reliever Jorge Marban slammed the door on the RiverDogs by punching out five in two perfect innings of relief.

Player of the Game: RHP Jorge Marban
2.0 0 0 0 0 5 0 3.86

SSA: Spokane 9 - (@) Yakima 2
W - McBride (1-2)
8-14, 5.0 GB

The Indians took out some frustration by pounding 15 hits while starting pitcher Nick McBride turned in a strong effort.

McBride worked seven innings, allowing one run while scattering five hits, walking two, and striking out four. He induced 10 groundouts against four flyouts.

Hanser Alberto (2/4, 2B) and Brett Nicholas (2/4, 2B) both singled and doubled. Centerfielder Ruben Sierra singled three times and drove home four runs.

Infielders Edwin Garcia (2/5) and Drew Robinson (2/5) had two knocks apiece.

Playing in his first game outside of the complex this season, Australian righty Tim Stanford yielded a run in two innings pitched.

Player of the Game: RHP Nick McBride
7.0 5 1 1 2 4 0 4.24

RK: AZL Rangers 2 – (@) AZL Padres 12
L - Faulkner (0-2)
HR - Williams (4)
31-15, 10.0 GU

The Rangers and Padres were locked in a low-scoring game until the late innings. The Peoria Padres plated 10 runs in their final three times at-bat.

Lefty Andrew Faulkner pitched well despite getting stuck with the loss, as he surrendered a single run in three innings. He gave up four hits and fanned one without walking a batter.

Shawn Blackwell followed by allowing four runs––three earned––in three innings pitched. Sam Robinson (0.1 IP) and Steven McKinnon (1.2 IP) combined to allow the final seven runs––all earned.

Designated hitter Jeremy Williams led the offense, going 2-for-4 with a double and his fourth home run of the summer.

Chris Grayson (1/3, 3B) and Guy Edmonds (2/4, 3B) both tripled. Grayson's three-bagger was his fifth of the season.

Player of the Game: DH Jeremy Williams
4 1 2 1 1 1 0 0 .344

DSL: DSL Rangers 4 – (@) DSL Cubs2 2
W - de Jesus (1-0)
SV - de la Torre (1)
40-28, 4.5 GB

The Dominican Rangers improved to 40-28 on the DSL season after getting a strong all-around effort against the first-place DSL Cubs2.

Starting pitcher Anyelo Leclerc (0.59 ERA/.159 BAA) began the game with four scoreless innings, working around two hits and three walks. He struck out one.

The Rangers' pitching did an excellent job of locking down in tight situations, as the DSL Cubs were 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position and stranded 11 men on base.

Jorge de Jesus (1.2 IP), Geuris Grullon (1 IP) and Luis de la Torre (2 IP) worked scoreless ball out of the bullpen to finish the game. De Jesus was particularly impressive, as he retired all five batters he faced with three punchouts.

Left fielder Anderson Jesus (3/5) and shortstop Alberto Triunfel (3/4) both singled three times. Fernando Vivili (1/4, 2B) doubled while Diego Cedeno (2/4, BB) and Belarmino Campos (2/5) had two knocks apiece.

Player of the Game: LF Anderson Jesus
5 0 3 0 0 2 0 1 .253

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