Rangers Minor League Roundup – 4/27

Double-A Frisco hurler Chad Bell tossed three perfect innings of relief on Friday while Myrtle Beach's Randol Rojas worked five no-hit frames. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action in the Texas Rangers' system.

AAA: Round Rock 8 – (@) Oklahoma City 3
W - Perez (2-2)
HR - Solarte (3), Mendonca (2)
10-12, 4.5 GB

Martin Perez (4.13 ERA/.228 BAA) picked up a quality start and the victory at Oklahoma City on Friday. The 21-year-old worked six innings and allowed three runs. He gave up four hits and struck out four without walking a batter.

Perez, who threw 53 of his 84 pitches for strikes, didn't issue a walk in a regular-season start for the first time since July 16 of last year––his Triple-A debut.

As seems to be typical for a Perez start, he scuffled in the first inning––allowing two runs––before settling down late. The prospect retired 15 of the 16 hitters he faced after that first inning, throwing just 66 pitches over the final five frames.

Perez's early-season results have been pretty strong considering his struggles in Triple-A last season. He's also doing a good job of keeping his fastball low in the zone. The round-tripper he allowed on Friday was his first in five starts this season, and he induced 10 groundouts versus two flyotus in the game.

Reliever Mark Hamburger (9.56 ERA/.408 BAA) followed Perez by retiring all six batters he faced, striking out three. Since returning to the bullpen, Hamburger has tossed 5.2 scoreless frames in three appearances, walking only one and fanning seven.

Tanner Scheppers (3.60 ERA/.256 BAA) closed out the game by working around a hit and striking out two in a scoreless ninth.

Second baseman Yangervis Solarte (2/5, HR) and third baseman Tom Mendonca (2/3, HR, HBP) each went deep on Friday.

Red-hot shortstop Luis Hernandez (3/5) singled three times while Leonys Martin (2/5) and Brad Nelson (2/4, BB) singled twice.

Luis Martinez (1/5, 3B) belted his first triple while Joey Butler (1/4, 2B, HBP) hit his eighth double.

Player of the Game: 2B Yangervis Solarte
5 1 2 0 1 3 0 0 .291

AA: Frisco 12 – Corpus Christi 0
W - Grimm (4-1)
SV - Bell (1)
HR – McGuiness (5), Prince (1)
13-8, 2.0 GU

Prospects Justin Grimm (1.59 ERA/.194 BAA) and Jarred Cosart faced off for the second time within a week on Friday in Frisco.

In the first game, Grimm scuffled while Cosart dazzled for five innings. It was the opposite on Friday.

The ‘Riders touched up Cosart, who threw only 49 of his 94 pitches for strikes, for five runs in four innings. He allowed three hits and walked six.

Grimm, on the other hand, twirled six shutout innings while yielding four hits, walking one, and striking out nine. Grimm also induced 16 swings and misses out of 98 total pitches.

The 23-year-old has the following stat-line through five Double-A starts––28.1 ip, 20 h, 5 er, 6 bb, 27 k.

Frisco's bats had a big day at the plate, scoring 12 runs on 12 hits––including four extra-base knocks.

First baseman Chris McGuiness, who was 1-for-5, launched a three-run homer––his fifth of the season. Right fielder Jared Prince also went 1-for-5 with a three-run round-tripper.

Jurickson Profar (1/4, 3B, BB) tripled while Zach Zaneski (1/4, 2B, BB) hit his second double.

Left fielder Ryan Strausborger (3/4, BB) and second baseman Guilder Rodriguez (3/5) singled three times apiece.

Mike Olt (0/2, 3 BB) and Brad Hawpe (1/2, 3 BB) both walked three times.

In his second Double-A appearance, left-hander Chad Bell hurled three perfect innings on just 27 pitches (23 strikes). Bell, who struck out four, got 10 swing-throughs in the short outing.

Between High-A Myrtle Beach and Double-A Frisco this season, the 23-year-old Bell has allowed eight hits in 16.1 innings, walking six and striking out 18.

Player of the Game: RHP Justin Grimm
6.0 4 0 0 1 9 0 1.59

A+: Myrtle Beach 5 – (@) Potomac 4
W - Rojas (1-0)
SV - R. Henry (3)
12-8, 0.0 GU

Pelicans starting pitcher Wilmer Font (9.00 ERA/.276 BAA) was erratic but missed some bats, striking out six in three innings. The 21-year-old allowed three runs on three hits and three walks.

In his second High-A game, sinkerballing righty Randol Rojas was phenomenal. The Venezuelan hurler tossed five innings of no-hit ball. He walked one, struck out four, and induced six groundouts with zero flyouts.

Rojas, who earned his first Carolina League victory, has been excellent between the A-ball levels in the early going––18.2 ip, 6 h, 1 r, 7 bb, 17 k. He's also getting more than 1.8 groundouts per airout.

Randy Henry (0.00 ERA/.162 BAA) struck out the side in the ninth inning, allowing an unearned run on one hit. The former Orioles prospect has yet to surrender an earned run in 10 innings this season.

Although Myrtle Beach didn't hit any home runs on Friday, Jake Skole (1/2, 2B, BB), Brett Nicholas (1/4, 2B) and Josh Richmond (2/3, 2B, BB) all doubled once.

Catcher Vin DiFazio (1/3, BB) singled and walked while second baseman Santiago Chirino (1/3, SF) singled and brought home a run on a sacrifice fly.

Player of the Game: RHP Randol Rojas
5.0 0 0 0 1 4 0 0.00

A: Hickory 3 – Greensboro 9
L - Jackson (2-1)
HR - Robinson (2)
14-7, 0.0 GU

Hard-throwing prospect Luke Jackson (3.46 ERA/.211 BAA) has been lights-out this season––with the exception of one poor inning on Friday.

During the second inning, Jackson faced nine hitters and allowed five runs on five hits and a hit batter. He settled down afterward. Overall, he worked 5.1 innings and yielded seven runs on eight hits, walking four and striking out two.

Third baseman Drew Robinson (1/3, HR, BB) launched a two-run homer––his second of the season––in the eighth inning. He also walked.

Chris Grayson (2/4, BB), Luis Sardinas (2/4), Hanser Alberto (2/5), Jeremy Williams (2/4) and Jhonny Gomez (2/4) all singled twice. Sardinas added his seventh stolen base of the season.

Catcher Kellin Deglan, who has moved up to the five-hole in the Crawdads lineup, doubled for his only hit in four at-bats.

Player of the Game: 3B Drew Robinson
3 1 1 0 1 2 1 0 .203

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