Rangers Minor League Roundup – 6/18

Double-A Frisco third baseman Mike Olt added two more extra-base hits on Monday, including his 20th home run of the season. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action in the Texas Rangers' system.

Scouting Notes and Analysis

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  • AAA: Round Rock – OFF
    31-40, 10.5 GB

    Monday was a league-wide off day in the Pacific Coast League. Round Rock will remain home to begin a four-game series against Iowa (30-41) on Tuesday evening.

    AA: Frisco 6 – (@) Midland 7
    L - Rodebaugh (1-2)
    HR - Olt (20), Felix (4)
    40-29, 4.0 GU

    The ‘Riders dropped their third consecutive game since clinching the Texas League's South Division first-half title with a 7-6 loss to Midland on Monday.

    Despite the loss, third baseman Mike Olt (.317/.423/.622) had another strong game, going 2-for-3 with a double, a two-run homer, and a base on balls.

    Olt's round-tripper was his league-leading 20th of the season. His 1.045 OPS also tops the Texas League. He's hitting .390/.500/.881 in 16 games this month.

    Catcher Jose Felix (1/4, HR) added his fourth home run while DH Alex Buchholz (.269/.290/.455) had two singles and a double in four at-bats.

    Frisco starting pitcher Jake Brigham (4.31 ERA/.244 BAA) faced Midland for the second time within a week, and he allowed five earned runs in each start. On Monday, Brigham permitted six runs (five earned) in five innings. He gave up nine hits while walking two and striking out seven.

    The RockHounds did most of their damage against the 24-year-old Brigham in the first inning, as they plated four runs through the game's first four hitters. Conner Crumbliss' leadoff triple was followed by a single, an Anthony Aliotti double, and a Michael Choice three-run homer.

    Brigham, who threw 64 of his 105 pitches for a strike, recorded 1-2-3 innings in the third and fourth but also dealt with multiple base runners in the second and fifth innings.

    On the season, Brigham has now logged 85.2 innings and allowed 79 hits, walked 25, and struck out 82.

    Leadoff hitter Engel Beltre raised his batting average to .240 with a pair of singles in five trips.

    Shortstop Jurickson Profar, who was 1-for-4, committed his 17th error of the year and his fifth in his last seven games.

    Righty reliever Ryan Rodebaugh suffered the defeat despite allowing just one run in three innings. The Kennesaw State product dealt with some uncharacteristic command issues, as he threw only 32 of his 60 pitches for a strike. He worked around four hits and three walks while striking out three.

    Player of the Game: 3B Mike Olt
    3 2 2 1 1 2 1 0 .317

    A+: Myrtle Beach – All-Star Break
    36-34, 8.5 GB

    The Pelicans wrapped up the first half with a 36-34 record, finishing 8.5 games behind the first-half division champion Winston-Salem Dash (44-25). The Carolina-California League All-Star Game will be played on Tuesday at Winston-Salem. Pitchers Cody Buckel, Kyle Hendricks, and Randy Henry will be representing the Pelicans.

    A: Hickory – All-Star Break
    36-33, 9.5 GB

    Hickory finished the first half with a 36-33 mark, 9.5 games behind the first-place Greensboro Grasshoppers (46-24). The Carolina League All-Star Game, which will be played on Tuesday at Charleston, features INF Hanser Alberto, OF Chris Grayson, RHP Phil Klein, RHP Nick Martinez, and LHP Victor Payano.

    SSA: Spokane 1 – Vancouver 9
    L - de los Santos (0-1)
    1-3, 0.0 GU

    The Indians were held to just a lone hit by four Vancouver pitchers while suffering a 9-1 defeat on Monday.

    Spokane got its only knock in the third inning––a run-scoring double by shortstop Gabriel Roa, driving home leadoff man Chris Garia (0/3, BB), who had walked in the previous at-bat.

    The Canadians pitching staff faced only four batters over the minimum, and they were led by starting pitcher Colton Turner. Turner, who threw the first three innings, is a Cleburne native and a product of Texas State University.

    Making his first start outside of the complex leagues, 19-year-old righty Abel de los Santos worked 4.1 innings and gave up three runs, two of which were earned. He yielded four hits, walked two, and fanned six.

    The Dominican Republic native pitched the 2010 campaign in the Dominican Summer League before spending 2011 in the rookie-level Arizona League. With the Surprise Rangers last summer, he posted a 3.67 ERA with 61 strikeouts and eight walks in 61.1 innings.

    De los Santos works with a fastball that sits at 88-92 mph and a sharp-breaking curveball that flashes plus. He also mixes in the occasional changeup.

    Aside from Roa and Garia, first baseman Ryan Rua (0/2, BB) and second baseman Nick Vickerson (0/2, BB) were the only Indians players to reach base safely.

    Left fielder Saquan Johnson whiffed in all three of his plate appearances.

    Fireballing reliever Carlos Melo continued to scuffle with control, as he walked two and uncorked a wild pitch in 1.2 innings. Melo gave up two runs on three hits.

    Lefty Joseph Burns permitted a run in two innings while Seton Hall product Ryan Harvey was tagged for three runs on five hits in the ninth inning.

    Player of the Game: RHP Abel de los Santos
    4.1 4 3 2 2 6 0 3.38

    DSL: DSL Rangers 5 – DSL Yankees2 9
    L - Fandino (0-1)
    6-8, 4.0 GB

    The Dominican Rangers lost for the sixth time in their last seven games on Monday morning.

    Venezuelan starting pitcher Jesus Fandino pitched well through the first two innings but scuffled in his final two. Overall, the 18-year-old righty was tagged for five runs in 3.1 innings, giving up five hits, walking five, and plunking one. He struck out only one.

    The Rangers had six hits and drew nine walks in the game but stranded 10 runners on base, going 0-for-14 with men in scoring position.

    Leadoff man and right fielder Eduard Pinto (.417/.482/.500) extended his hitting streak to 11 games with two singles in three official at-bats. He also drew his fifth walk (with just two strikeouts) in 12 games this summer.

    First baseman Diego Cedeno (1/3, 2B, 2 BB) and DH Jose Santos (1/3, 2B, HBP) each doubled.

    Jose Cardona (1/4, BB) and Elio Castillo (1/4, BB) both reached base twice.

    After reliever Felix Carvallo surrendered four runs (two earned) in 2.2 innings, Albert Decena (1 IP) and Dario Beltre (2 IP) kept the Yankees2 off the scoreboard for the final three frames. Beltre fanned four in his two innings.

    Player of the Game: 1B Diego Cedeno
    3 1 1 1 0 1 2 1 .250

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