Rangers Minor League Roundup – 6/19

The High-A Carolina League and Single-A South Atlantic League held their respective All-Star Games on Tuesday, and a number of Rangers prospects made appearances. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action in the Texas Rangers' system.

AAA: Round Rock 6 – Iowa 3
W - Reynolds (6-5)
SV - Cotts (1)
HR - Bianucci (13, 14)
32-40, 10.5 GB

First baseman Mike Bianucci (.280/.331/.488) helped power the Express to victory behind his 3-for-3 performance, which included two home runs, a sacrifice fly and four runs batted in.

Bianucci, who combined for two-thirds of Round Rock's scoring output on Tuesday, had his second consecutive three-hit performance.

Express starter Greg Reynolds (4.57 ERA/.309 BAA) threw a first-pitch strike to 21 of the 26 batters he faced in six innings. The Stanford product allowed three runs while scattering nine hits, walking one, and striking out four. He also induced 12 groundouts without a flyout.

Second baseman Greg Miclat (.268/.300/.446) continued his hot streak by singling in both of his at-bats. He also added his third stolen base. The 5-foot-8 switch-hitter has two hits in each of his last three starts.

Dusty Brown (1/4, 2B) doubled while Yangervis Solarte (1/3, BB) and Joey Butler (1/4) singled for Round Rock's other hits. The top four hitters in the Express' order were a combined 0-for-13 with three walks, but the bottom five picked up the slack.

Iowa scored only three runs despite getting 13 hits. They were 1-for-15 with runners in scoring position and stranded 12 men on base.

Leadoff man Julio Borbon (0/3, BB) was held hitless for only the fourth time in his last 37 games.

Relievers Ben Snyder (0.2 IP), Mark Hamburger (1.1 IP) and Neal Cotts (1 IP) worked around six total base runners in the final three innings, but they held the Cubs off the scoreboard.

The veteran Cotts entered the game with runners on the corners and nobody out in the ninth inning. He struck out Cubs prospect Anthony Rizzo and walked Blake DeWitt to load the bases before inducing a popout and a flyout to end the threat.

Player of the Game: 1B Mike Bianucci
3 2 3 0 2 4 0 0 .280

AA: Frisco 5 – (@) Midland 1
W - Boscan (3-3)
41-29, 4.0 GU

On the final day of the first half, Frisco got plenty of help from the Midland defense, which committed six errors in the contest. Four of the RoughRiders' five runs were unearned.

Dominican righty Carlos Pimentel (2.58 ERA/.197 BAA) stepped into the starting rotation in place of the scuffling Tim Murphy and hurled four innings of one-run ball.

Pimentel had to deal with some base runners, allowing four hits and walking three while striking out three.

The 22-year-old prospect has surrendered only 36 and struck out 51 in 52.1 innings this season, but he's also run into some control problems with 32 walks allowed.

Right fielder Val Majewski (2/4, 2B) singled and hit his third double of the season for Frisco's lone extra-base hit of the night.

Engel Beltre (1/5) and Chris McGuiness (1/4) had the RoughRiders' only other hits. DH Alex Buchholz was 0-for-1 but walked twice and was hit by a pitch.

Beltre swiped his 17th base of the season, left fielder Ryan Strausborger (0/4) got his 12th, and shortstop Leury Garcia (0/3, BB) stole two to give him 10.

After hitting well in April, the speedy Strausborger hit just .208 in May and is batting .208/.240/.264 in 17 games this month.

Top prospects Jurickson Profar (0/4) and Mike Olt (0/4) both went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts. Profar played at second base for the fifth time this season and the first time since April 28.

Wilfredo Boscan (2 IP), Miguel de los Santos (2 IP) and Joe Ortiz (1 IP) combined for five frames of two-hit, shutout ball to finish the victory.

After a couple of rough relief appearances since moving into a full-time bullpen role, de los Santos threw 23 of his 31 pitches for a strike in two hitless innings. He fanned two and walked one.

Player of the Game: RHP Carlos Pimentel
4.0 4 1 1 3 3 0 2.58

A+: Carolina League All-Stars 9 – California League All-Stars 1

Playing at BB&T Ballpark in Winston-Salem, N.C., the home-team Carolina League All-Stars outslugged the best from the California League, 9-1.

Scout.com's Frankie Piliere has scouting notes from the game, including a look at Rangers prospect Cody Buckel and super-prospect Dylan Bundy of the Orioles.

Buckel (1.31 ERA/.186 BAA) worked a shutout second inning for the Carolina League side, throwing 15 of his 21 pitches for a strike. He gave up an infield single, walked one, and struck out two.

Strike-throwing righty Kyle Hendricks (2.72 ERA/.252 BAA), who pitched the seventh inning, worked around an error in a hitless, walkless frame. He struck out one and threw 11 of 15 for a strike.

Pelicans closer-turned-starter Randy Henry (1.36 ERA/.219 BAA) hurled a blank eighth inning, as he yielded two hits and struck out one.

A: SAL North All-Stars 3 – (@) SAL South All-Stars 2

The South Atlantic League played its 2012 All-Star Game in Charleston, S.C., on Tuesday evening. Five Hickory Crawdads players were named to the North squad, and four of them appeared in the game. Pitcher Nick Martinez remained in the bullpen.

Left fielder Chris Grayson (.293/.390/.480 in the first half) batted leadoff and went 0-for-5 with three strikeouts. Shortstop Hanser Alberto (.339/.384/.465), who batted eighth, had one single in four at-bats. Alberto drove home a run with his sharp ground-ball single to center in the seventh inning.

Crawdads closer Phil Klein (2.63 ERA/.250 BAA) worked around a hit-by pitch in an otherwise clean seventh inning, striking out two. Tall lefty Victor Payano (3.36 ERA/.216 BAA) walked the leadoff man in the eighth but induced a double play and a flyout to complete the scoreless frame. He threw 10 pitches, including five strikes.

SSA: Spokane 1 – Vancouver 7
L - Dennis (0-1)
HR - Rua (1)
1-4, 1.0 GB

The Indians and Canadians were tied at one going into the top of the eighth inning, but Spokane was undone by four errors in the final two innings.

Spokane had five defensive miscues on the night.

The club got good pitching early in the contest, including right-hander Eric Brooks, who made his professional debut. The 21-year-old Brooks tossed two hitless, scoreless innings while walking two and striking out three.

Native Texan Shawn Blackwell followed with three innings of one-run ball out of the bullpen. He yielded two hits and walked two but also induced six groundouts.

Fresno State product Cody Kendall then worked two shutout frames of his own.

Things fell apart in the final two innings with hard-throwing righty Taylor Dennis in the game. Although Dennis gave up six runs in his two innings, only one was earned.

First baseman Ryan Rua (1/3, HR, BB) provided all of Spokane's offense with a monster solo home run in the seventh inning.

Nick Urbanus (1/4, 2B) doubled while Royce Bolinger (1/4) and Cam Schiller (1/3, BB) singled for the other knocks.

Player of the Game: 1B Ryan Rua
3 1 1 0 1 1 1 2 .353

DSL: DSL Rangers 9 – (@) DSL Red Sox 3
W - Larrazabal (3-0)
7-8, 3.0 GB

The Dominican Rangers snapped a losing skid with a dominant 9-3 victory over the DSL Red Sox on Tuesday.

Cleanup-hitting first baseman Diego Cedeno paced the bats by going 3-for-5 with a double and a triple––falling just a home run short of the cycle.

Infielder Belarmino Campos (2/4, 3B, BB) and catcher Carlos Garay (1/5, 3B) also tripled.

Starting pitcher Kelvin Vasquez was plenty erratic in his 2.2 innings of work. Though he yielded just one hit, Vasquez gave up two runs after walking six batters.

Converted outfielder Gabriel Larrazabal earned his third victory after hurling 2.1 innings of no-hit ball.

Nerfy Nunez (2 IP) and Ricardo Rodriguez (1 IP) also pitched scoreless relief.

Prospect Pedro Payano, who was signed on July 2 last year, permitted a run but struck out two in his inning of relief.

Player of the Game: 1B Diego Cedeno
5 2 3 1 0 1 0 1 .281

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