Texas Rangers prospects Jurickson Profar and Mike Olt took part in the MLB All-Star Futures Game in Kansas City on Sunday afternoon.
Profar, a player who's already earned a reputation of saving his best performances for the spotlight, was playing in his second Futures Game in as many years. As an 18-year-old prospect in 2011, the young shortstop went 1-for-2 with a run-scoring triple.
The Curacao native didn't disappoint this year, either. Batting left-handed in his first plate appearance, he turned around on a 95 mph 1-2 fastball from Royals prospect Jake Odorizzi and hit it out to right field. Hitting from the right side in his second at-bat, he squeezed a ground-ball single through the right side off Seattle lefty Danny Hultzen.
Overall, Profar was 2-for-3 with that solo home run.
Third baseman Mike Olt, playing for the U.S. team, was playing in his first Futures Game. The UConn product played all nine innings, getting the first half of the contest at the hot corner before moving across the diamond to first base. He went 1-for-5 with an RBI double and a strikeout.
L - Hankins (3-6)
HR - Butler (13), Kata (7), Sarmiento (1)
39-52, 13.5 GB
Trailing by seven entering the ninth inning, the Express plated five runs but ultimately fell short. The game included 22 total runs on 29 hits.
Four Round Rock pitchers worked two innings apiece on Sunday.
Derek Hankins got the start and surrendered four runs on five hits in two innings. Fabio Castillo, working the next two frames, worked around a hit and a walk in his scoreless effort.
The Isotopes were able to put the game away against against left-hander Neal Cotts, who was battered for six runs on six hits while throwing 53 pitches (34 strikes) in two innings. Willie Eyre then allowed two runs in the final two innings.
Right fielder Joey Butler (.277/.394/.466), the only Express player headed to the Triple-A All-Star Game, finished off his first half by going 2-for-3 with a double, a home run, two walks, and three RBI.
Third baseman Matt Kata (1/4, HR, BB) added a two-run shot while DH Elio Sarmiento (1/4, HR) hit a solo home run.
All three of Round Rock's homers came in the ninth inning––in a span of five hitters.
Yangervis Solarte raised his batting average to .291 with three singles in five trips. Ryan Spilborghs (2/5, 2B) singled and doubled while Julio Borbon (2/5) got two base knocks.
Round Rock now enters the Triple-A All-Star break. They'll return to action on Thursday at the Dell Diamond.
W - Pimentel (7-2)
HR - McGuiness (19)
8-8, 4.0 GB
After opening the second half to a 2-8 mark, the RoughRiders have won six consecutive games.
Smoking hot first baseman Chris McGuiness (.253/.345/.505) hit yet another home run, and this time it was a walkoff solo shot in the bottom of the 10th inning.
Over his last 14 games, the 24-year-old McGuiness is hitting .288/.377/.846 with two doubles and nine home runs. He's also drawn eight walks and whiffed 12 times during that span. The power streak has helped McGuiness match his career high of 19 round-trippers, which he did in 112 games between Low- and High-A in 2010.
The first baseman currently ranks second in the Texas League with 19 home runs––three behind teammate Mike Olt.
Texas A&M product Barret Loux (3.61 ERA/.250 BAA) scattered seven hits over six innings, yielding three runs. He struck out three without issuing a walk and threw 94 pitches.
Loux has the following stat-line through 16 starts this season––87.1 ip, 82 h, 35 er (3.61 ERA), 28 bb, 75 k.
After Tim Murphy surrendered a run in the seventh inning, Zach Osborne (1 IP), Ryan Rodebaugh (1 IP) and Carlos Pimentel (1 IP) all hurled scoreless ball to keep the Travelers at bay.
Frisco stole seven bases in the game––without being caught––against the Arkansas pitchers and catcher Carlos Ramirez.
Leadoff man Engel Beltre, who was 2-for-5 with a walk, stole three bases to give him 22 on the season. Shortstop Leury Garcia, who went 3-for-5 with a double, swiped his 14th and 15th.
Val Majewski (2/4, BB) and Jared Hoying (1/4, BB) also stole a base apiece. Hoying's steal was his first in Double-A. He had eight in 12 attempts at Myrtle Beach this season.
Texas League All-Star catcher Zach Zaneski (2/5, 2 2B) added two doubles while third baseman Alex Buchholz (1/5, 2B) hit his seventh two-bagger.
Ryan Strausborger played at second base for sixth time in the second half. Although he was both an infielder and outfielder in college, he'd been solely an outfielder since signing with the Rangers in 2010. Strausborger had a single and two walks in six trips on Sunday.
The 24-year-old Strausborger is a plus defender in the outfield with good range and a strong arm. He's seen action at all three outfield spots this season in addition to the six games at second, and he's yet to commit an error.
W - Reyes (2-2)
SV - Rowen (7)
HR - Nicholas (5)
13-5, 2.0 GU
After being held scoreless through the first eight innings, the Pelicans plated a run to tie it in the ninth inning before winning it in the 10th.
Right-handed prospects Jason Adam (Wilmington) and Randy Henry (Myrtle Beach) dueled on Sunday afternoon.
Adam turned in perhaps his best outing of the season, as he hurled 7.1 innings of three-hit shutout ball while walking one and striking out a career-high nine batters.
Henry was almost as good, however. He gave up just an unearned run in 6.1 frames, scattering six hits, walking one, fanning four, and inducing 10 groundouts.
First baseman Brett Nicholas (2/5, HR) tied the game with his leadoff home run in the ninth inning. It was his fifth round-tripper of the year.
Third baseman Christian Villanueva (2/5, 2B) won it on his RBI double in the next inning, scoring Hanser Alberto (2/5). The 21-year-old Villanueva has scuffled through much of the season but is 13-for-37 (.351) in his last 10 games.
Lefty Jimmy Reyes (3.35 ERA/.284 BAA) fanned four in 2.2 shutout innings out of the bullpen while Ben Rowen (1.57 ERA/.186 BAA) closed it out with a blank bottom of the 10th.
L - Lopez (0-1)
13-5, 1.0 GU
While the Double-A RoughRiders and High-A Pelicans won their extra-innings games on Sunday, the Crawdads dropped their contest in 11 innings.
Tall right-hander Jerad Eickhoff scuffled his way through four innings, giving up six runs on eight hits. He struck out three and walked one. Eickhoff was undone by surrendering two home runs––both to Shorebirds right fielder Brenden Webb––in the first two frames.
At the plate, shortstop Edwin Garcia went 5-for-6 with a double and two runs batted in. Garcia was playing in his second game of the season for the Crawdads––he joined the club from High-A Myrtle Beach after Luis Sardinas was placed on the disabled list.
Catcher Kellin Deglan (1/5, 3B, BB) tripled and walked while second baseman Rougned Odor (1/5, 2B, BB) doubled and walked.
Although right fielder Chris Grayson was 0-for-3––dropping his batting average to .265––he drew three walks. Since hitting .400 in April, Grayson is batting just .213 over his last 207 at-bats. He's begun July in a 1-for-25 slump.
Left-hander Andrew Faulkner (4.50 ERA/.276 BAA) provided perhaps the Crawdads' most positive news of the day.
The 6-foot-3, 180-pound prospect tossed three innings of one-hit scoreless ball while fanning two without issuing a walk. While Faulkner got out to a rough start this year, his last four outings have been excellent––11.1 ip, 6 h, 0 r, 2 bb, 9 k.
Nick McBride pitched a blank eighth inning. Though Daniel Lopez gave up just a run in three innings, he was stuck with the loss.
L - Kendall (1-2)
8-15, 5.0 GB
Hard-throwing Spokane starter Connor Sadzeck pitched extremely well in four of his five innings on Sunday, but he surrendered four runs in an erratic fourth inning.
Overall, Sadzeck allowed four runs on three hits in five innings, walking two and striking out four. He also plunked a batter. The 20-year-old hurler has been somewhat inconsistent in his first five starts––20.1 ip, 17 h, 13 er (5.75 ERA), 12 bb, 19 k.
Indians catcher Joe Maloney doubled twice in four at-bats while first baseman Ryan Rua had a single and a triple in five trips.
Rua was the only member of Spokane's lineup on Sunday who has a batting average north of .250.
Left fielder Brandon Garcia, a non-drafted free agent out of the University of Southern California, went 0-for-3 with a sacrifice fly. The 22-year-old was playing in his second professional game.
L - Slack (1-1)
10-5, 2.0 GU
Despite the fact that the Mariners out-errored the Rookie Rangers 5-0 on Sunday evening, the Mariners still claimed the victory.
Rangers supplemental first-round pick Collin Wiles continued his struggles on the mound, as he gave up three runs in 2.2 innings. Wiles allowed three hits, walked two, and struck out two.
The 18-year-old Wiles has been knocked around a bit in each of his four times on the mound––8.1 ip, 13 h, 12 er, 4 bb, 6 k.
After southpaw Ryne Slack gave up three more runs in 1.2 innings, the bullpen settled down.
Alexander Claudio (0.2 IP), Casey Shiver (1 IP), Greg Williams (1 IP) and Paul Schwendel (1 IP) all worked scoreless ball. The six Rangers pitchers combined to strike out 12 Mariners hitters.
Williams, who walked two and fanned two in his inning, was making his first rehab appearance. He has broken out as an intriguing left-handed relief prospect at Single-A Hickory this season.
Shortstop Luis Marte, hitting in the nine hole, went 2-for-4 with his fourth double of the season. He also stole his second base.
Nick Williams (1/5), Ronald Guzman (1/4) and Janluis Castro (1/4) had the team's only other hits.
Joey Gallo was 0-for-1 but drew two walks and was hit by a pitch.
Catcher David Lyon, who recently signed with the Rangers out of Kent State University, is 0-for-11 with six strikeouts in his first three professional games. He went hitless in three trips on Sunday.
19-12, 0.0 GU
The Dominican Rangers had Sunday off. They're currently tied for first place in the Boca Chica North Division with the DSL Red Sox.
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