Rangers Minor League Roundup – 8/21

Spokane hurlers Chris Hanna, Juan Grullon, and Matt West combined on a four-hit shutout on Sunday evening. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action in the Texas Rangers' system.

AAA: Round Rock 5 – New Orleans 7
L - Perez (3-3)
77-52, 12.0 GU

Left-hander Martin Perez had far from a banner outing against the Zephyrs on Sunday. The top prospect threw 64 pitches in two innings, giving up six runs on eight hits. He walked one, unleashed three wild pitches, and struck out one.

The Round Rock bullpen kept the club in the game with seven innings of solid work, but it wasn't quite enough for the offense to get back into the game.

Reliever Beau Jones (3.27 ERA/.259 BAA) yielded only an unearned run over three innings. The 24-year-old allowed two hits, walked one, and struck out two.

Making his debut in the Rangers' system, righty Tim Wood featured a mid-90s fastball worked worked around a walk in an otherwise clean sixth inning. He threw only nine of his 20 pitches for strikes.

Darren O'Day (1.2 IP) and Merkin Valdez (1.1 IP) also worked scoreless ball, combining for four strikeouts.

Leadoff man Leonys Martin raised his average to .268 with three singles in five at-bats. Matt Kata (2/4) and Esteban German (2/3, 2 BB) also had multiple singles.

Left fielder Val Majewski had the club's only extra-base hit. He was 2-for-3 with a triple, a walk, and two RBI.

Strikeout-prone corner outfielder Joey Butler whiffed four times in five at-bats. He also had a single.

Player of the Game: LF Val Majewski
3 1 2 0 0 2 1 0 .348

AA: Frisco 6 – (@) Tulsa 2
W - Ross (1-1)
28-27, 8.0 GB

Robbie Ross (2.84 ERA/.217 BAA in four Double-A starts) continues to improve with each of his outings in the Texas League. On Sunday, the 22-year-old held Tulsa to a single run on three hits in seven innings, fanning six without issuing a walk. He threw only 80 pitches.

Ross faced only two batters over the minimum in his seven frames, and he retired the side in order five times. He gave up a two-out round-tripper to Rockies prospect Wilin Rosario in the seventh inning.

The lefty has the following line in his four Double-A outings––25.1 ip, 20 h, 8 r, 2 bb, 23 k.

The top six batters in the Frisco lineup combined to strike out 12 times, and the lineup as a whole went only 2-for-16 with men in scoring position. But they did just enough to win the game.

DH Mike Bianucci, who was 1-for-5, hit his 28th double and also struck out three times.

Mitch Hilligoss (2/3, BB) and Jared Bolden (2/2, BB) both singled twice. Bolden also laid down a sacrifice bunt.

Erratic Tulsa reliever Casey Weathers, a former first-round pick, issued six walks in one-plus innings.

Frisco's Jake Brigham allowed one run in two frames to finish the game. He gave up two hits, walked one, and struck out one.

Player of the Game: LHP Robbie Ross
7.0 3 1 1 0 6 1 2.84

A+: Myrtle Beach 7 – Kinston 8
L - Ortiz (4-5)
27-29, 3.5 GB

Miguel de los Santos has been excellent for the Pelicans lately, but he scuffled on Sunday. The changeup specialist surrendered seven runs on nine hits in 3.1 innings, walking two and striking out four.

Leadoff hitter Jared Hoying (.249/.332/.378) had perhaps his best game of the season, as he went a perfect 4-for-4 with three doubles and a base on balls. Hoying has five two-baggers in his last three games.

Zach Zaneski (2/4, 2B, BB) and David Paisano (1/5, 2B) both doubled once.

Third baseman Mike Olt, in his second game back from the disabled list, had a single and three walks in five plate appearances. First baseman Andrew Clark singled once and walked twice.

Kasey Kiker (1.2 IP) and Ryan Rodebaugh (1 IP) threw scoreless ball out of the bullpen.

Left-hander Joe Ortiz was the hard-luck loser in relief, as he gave up just a solo home run in three strong innings of relief. Ortiz now has a 2.34 earned-run average this season.

Player of the Game: CF Jared Hoying
4 3 4 3 0 0 1 0 .249

A: Hickory – Lexington – Canceled (Rain)
31-24, 2.0 GB

The Crawdads and Legends were washed out due to rain on Sunday, and the game won't be made up. Hickory had led 4-0 in the middle of the fourth inning, getting four frames of scoreless work from starting pitcher Ben Henry. The club will face rehabbing Nationals ace Stephen Strasburg on Monday.

SSA: Spokane 1 - (@) Tri-City 0
W - Hanna (3-1)
SV - West (7)
11-15, 5.0 GB

With the help of two double plays and a caught stealing, starting pitcher Chris Hanna (3.18 ERA/.245 BAA) faced only one batter over the minimum in his 6.2 scoreless innings on Sunday.

The 19-year-old southpaw gave up two singles while walking two and striking out eight. He has pitched extremely well in his last seven appearances––23.1 ip, 14 h, 3 er, 8 bb, 22 k.

Lefty Juan Grullon got a strikeout to finish the seventh inning, and closer Matt West finished the game with two scoreless frames to lock down the Indians' four-hit shutout.

Spokane scored its lone––and eventual game-winning––run on a Brett Nicholas (1/4, 2B) RBI double in the top of the sixth inning.

Catcher Jorge Alfaro went 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles, bumping his average up to .319.

Hanser Alberto (2/4) and Drew Robinson (1/2, BB) had the team's only other hits. Robinson also had a sacrifice bunt.

Player of the Game: LHP Chris Hanna
6.2 2 0 0 2 8 0 3.18

RK: AZL Rangers – OFF
32-17, 8.5 GU

The rookie-level Surprise Rangers, who have already locked up a division title, enjoyed a day off on Sunday.

DSL: DSL Rangers – Season Over
41-30, 5.5 GB

The Dominican Rangers failed to qualify for the Dominican Summer League playoffs despite posting a strong 41-30 record. The club finished in second place, 5.5 games behind the DSL Cubs2.

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