Rangers Minor League Roundup – 5/4

Double-A Frisco third baseman Mike Olt hit a home run and walked twice in the RoughRiders' victory on Friday night. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action in the Texas Rangers' system.

AAA: Round Rock 8 – Memphis 1
W - Reynolds (2-3)
HR - Brown (2)
14-15, 3.0 GB

Round Rock had a sluggish opening month of the season, going 10-15. But the Express have begun May on a four-game winning streak, getting close to .500 and within three games of first place.

Greg Reynolds (3.99 ERA/.267 BAA) induced two swings-and-misses out of 71 total pitches (47 strikes) on Friday, and he didn't strike out a batter. But that didn't stop him from pitching well. The tall right-hander worked six innings, allowing a run on five hits and one walk.

Through six starts this season, Reynolds has yielded 39 hits in 38.1 innings, walking six and striking out 10.

Although catcher Dusty Brown (.326/.439/.565) isn't seeing consistent playing time, he has hit safely in each of his last six games. On Friday, Brown was a perfect 3-for-3 with a double, a home run, and a base on balls.

DH Elio Sarmiento, playing in just his third Triple-A game, had two doubles and three RBI in four at-bats.

Julio Borbon (2/5, 2B) and Brad Nelson (1/4, 2B, BB) each doubled. Nelson, who is hitting .299 on the season, extended his hitting streak to 11 games.

Left fielder Yangervis Solarte (.309/.361/.500) bumped his hitting streak to 15 games, matching Joey Butler's team-high for the season. Solarte also has multiple hits in each of his last four contests.

Right-handed relievers Tyler Tufts (1 IP), Yoshinori Tateyama (1 IP) and Mark Hamburger (1 IP) all worked around one hit in an otherwise clean, scoreless inning.

Tateyama, who struck out two in his frame, has surrendered only one run in his first 10.2 innings this regular season. He has struck out six and walked three.

Player of the Game: C Dusty Brown
3 2 3 1 1 2 1 0 .326

AA: Frisco 9 – (@) San Antonio 3
W - Loux (6-0)
SV - Yan (7)
HR - Olt (7)
18-10, 1.0 GU

After plating two runs in each of their first three games at San Antonio, the ‘Riders offense busted out for nine runs in Friday's series finale.

Third baseman Mike Olt (.277/.387/.564) provided the power by launching a three-run homer in the top of the ninth inning. He also walked twice in five plate appearances.

Olt's seven round-trippers currently have him tied for second in the Texas League behind San Antonio slugger Nate Freiman.

Left fielder Ryan Strausborger's (2/5, 3B) fourth triple of the season was Frisco's only other extra-base hit of the game.

Jurickson Profar (.262/.322/.485) extended his hitting streak to 15 games by singling twice (and laying down a sacrifice bunt) in five plate appearances. The top prospect had a .200 batting average when his hitting streak began, and it now sits at .262 through 26 contests.

Texas A&M product Barret Loux (2.20 ERA/.256 BAA) improved to 6-0 in six Double-A starts. While Loux pitched well on Friday, it was actually the first time in six outings that he'd allowed more than two runs.

Loux threw 67 pitches (45 strikes) in five innings, yielding three runs on four hits––including back-to-back solo home runs in the third inning. He struck out five and walked one.

The 23-year-old mostly threw his fastball between 87-90 mph on Friday, topping out at 92 on occasion. He also mixes in a slider and a changeup with the occasional curveball. In his first 32.2 Double-A innings, Loux has struck out 33 and walked only nine.

First baseman Chris McGuiness (1/5) singled once but struck out four times. Catcher Jose Felix (2/4) had two knocks in four trips, raising his average to .231.

After going 0-for-4 on Friday, Engel Beltre is now hitting only .196 (9-for-46) in his last 10 contests. He did drive home a run with a sacrifice fly and stole his 12th base.

Relievers Fabio Castillo (1.2 IP), Ross Wolf (1 IP) and Johan Yan (1.1 IP) finished the game with four total innings of shutout relief. Yan lowered his season earned-run average to 0.69.

Player of the Game: 3B Mike Olt
3 2 1 0 1 3 2 1 .277

A+: Myrtle Beach 7 – (@) Lynchburg 3
W - Mendez (2-3)
15-12, 2.0 GB

Myrtle Beach hurler Roman Mendez (5.46 ERA/.256 BAA) worked at least six innings for the fourth time in six High-A starts on Friday.

The 6-foot-2, 190-pound prospect held Lynchburg to two runs in six innings, as he allowed five hits, walked three, and struck out five.

Although Mendez doesn't have great season numbers through six starts, it's mostly a product of one poor outing in which he coughed up eight runs (seven earned) in 3.1 innings. His season numbers excluding that game––28.0 ip, 23 h, 12 er (3.86 ERA), 7 bb, 30 k.

Streaking left fielder Jared Hoying (.299/.382/.478) doubled twice in five at-bats, giving him four two-baggers and a home run in his last three games.

Corner infielders Brett Nicholas (1/4, 2B) and Santiago Chirino (1/3, 2B, SF) each doubled once and drove home a pair of runs.

Christian Villanueva, who played at second base for the second time in his career, singled twice in four trips. Tomas Telis also went 2-for-4.

Right-handed reliever Francisco Mendoza hadn't pitched in a game since April 21 due to his struggles, but he logged two innings on Friday. The 24-year-old allowed a run in those two frames, walking one and striking out one.

Zach Osborne (1.17 ERA/.160 BAA) continued his excellent work out of the ‘pen by tossing a blank ninth inning. Osborne's last five appearances––8.2 ip, 3 h, 0 r, 1 bb, 13 k.

Player of the Game: RHP Roman Mendez
6.0 5 2 2 3 5 1 5.46

A: Hickory 3 – (@) Greensboro 4
L - Payano (2-1)
HR - Akins (4)
16-11, 3.0 GB

Having already plated two runs in the top of the ninth, the Crawdads had the tying run on first base with nobody out. But the rally came to a halt after Joe Maloney (0/4) struck out and Trever Adams (0/4) grounded into a double play.

Greensboro completed the three-game sweep of Hickory on Friday, and the club did so behind the power of four early runs off starter Victor Payano.

Payano (3.81 ERA/.208 BAA) allowed four runs on five hits and five walks in four innings. He struck out three.

Crawdads centerfielder Jordan Akins (.244/.262/.439) was 2-for-4 with a home run for the second consecutive day. Akins broke out of a slump in which he'd been 0-for-12 with seven punchouts in his previous three contests.

Third baseman Drew Robinson (.286/.409/.455) also continued to heat up, as he was 1-for-3 with a double and a walk.

The 20-year-old Robinson is hitting .429 with 10 walks (.590 OBP) in his last 10 contests.

Rougned Odor (1/4, 2B) also doubled while Chris Grayson (1/3, BB) and Jeremy Williams (2/4) both reached twice.

Relievers Nick Martinez and Phil Klein had identical stat-lines, with each hurler allowing a single in two shutout innings. Both struck out three and didn't walk a batter.

Player of the Game: CF Jordan Akins
4 2 2 0 1 1 0 0 .244

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