Rangers Minor League Roundup – 7/10

Double-A Frisco starting pitcher Nick Tepesch tossed eight innings of one-run ball on Tuesday while Jurickson Profar homered and the 'Riders earned a walkoff win. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action in the Texas Rangers' system.

AAA: Round Rock – All-Star break
39-52, 13.5 GB

The Pacific Coast League is on its All-Star break. The Triple-A All-Star Game will be played on Wednesday at Buffalo's Coca-Cola Field. Outfielder Joey Butler will represent the Round Rock Express.

AA: Frisco 4 – Arkansas 3
W - Rodebaugh (2-3)
HR - Profar (10)
9-9, 4.0 GB

Frisco starting pitcher Nick Tepesch turned in his best performance in Double-A to date, as he hurled a season-high eight innings. The prospect limited Arkansas to a run while scattering six hits (all singles), walking one, and striking out three.

Tepesch, who uses a fastball, cutter, curveball, and changeup, induced 15 groundouts and four flyouts for the game. Throwing 59 of his 92 pitches for a strike over the eight innings, he got stronger as the game progressed. He retired the last eight batters he faced.

Aside from the June 30 outing in which he coughed up eight runs on 12 hits in 4.1 innings, Tepesch has been excellent in Double-A. Overall, he's given up 40 hits in 33.1 innings, walking seven and striking out 25.

Second baseman Jurickson Profar launched a solo home run––his 10th of the season––in the first inning. It would be his only hit in four trips.

Engel Beltre (1/4, 3B) and Val Majewski (1/3, 3B) both tripled while Chris McGuiness (1/3, 2B, BB) doubled once and walked once.

Right fielder Jared Hoying continues to hit well since his promotion to Frisco. On Tuesday, he had a single, a walk, and a sacrifice bunt in four trips. The 23-year-old Hoying has a 13-game hitting streak, and he's hit safely in 15 of his 16 Texas League games.

Arkansas tied the game late after left-hander Miguel de los Santos surrendered two runs in one-third of an inning. But Frisco came right back to win it on Ryan Strausborger's walkoff sacrifice fly, which plated McGuiness.

Player of the Game: RHP Nick Tepesch
8.0 6 1 1 1 3 0 4.86

A+: Myrtle Beach – OFF
13-6, 2.0 GU

The Pelicans were off on Tuesday, as they traveled home from Delaware. Myrtle Beach kicks off a four-game home set against Winston-Salem (9-10) on Wednesday evening.

A: Hickory 5 – (@) Lakewood 4
W - Lamb (3-6)
SV - Mavare (3)
14-5, 1.0 GU

The Crawdads scored four runs in the top of the first inning and ultimately held on for a 5-4 victory.

Hickory, which went 36-33 during the first half and finished 9.5 games out of first place, currently tops the South Atlantic League's Northern Division in the second half with a 14-5 mark.

Left-handed hurler Will Lamb (4.43 ERA/.241 BAA) battled through an inconsistent start but picked up the ‘W.' The Clemson product gave up four runs in five innings, working around seven hits and three walks. He struck out two.

After Lamb exited, righty relievers Phil Klein (2.13 ERA/.213 BAA) and Arlett Mavare (4.21 ERA/.230 BAA) slammed the door. Klein gave up a hit in two shutout innings but fanned six batters. Mavare also yielded a single in two scoreless frames, striking out two.

The 23-year-old Klein now has 39 strikeouts in 38 innings this season. Mavare, 22, has punched out 68 in 51.1 innings.

Leadoff hitter Rougned Odor, playing shortstop for the seventh time this season, went 2-for-5 with a triple while playing solid defensive ball at short. He's now batting .302 as the youngest player in the Sally League.

Centerfielder Chris Grayson (2/5, 2B) doubled while Trever Adams (2/5) and Drew Robinson (2/4, BB) both singled twice. Grayson also stole two bases to give him 21 in 29 tries.

Jordan Akins had a single and a walk in four trips. The free pass was just Akins' eighth (with 102 strikeouts) in 79 contests.

Player of the Game: SS Rougned Odor
5 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 .302

SSA: Spokane – OFF
8-17, 7.0 GB

The Indians were off on Tuesday.

RK: Surprise Rangers – OFF
10-6, 1.0 GU

The entire Arizona League was dark on Tuesday.

DSL: DSL Rangers 9 – (@) DSL Yankees2 5
W - Larrazabal (5-1)
SV - de la Cruz (2)
21-12, 0.0 GU

The Dominican Rangers jumped on top of the last-place Yankees2 early by plating five runs in the game's first three innings.

Starting pitcher Pedro Payano, who signed with the Rangers for a reported $650,000 on July 2 of last year, began the game by tossing a career-high four innings. He gave up a run on three hits, striking out three without issuing a walk.

The 17-year-old Payano has the following stat-line in his first five professional appearances––11.2 ip, 12 h, 4 er (3.09 ERA), 4 bb, 10 k.

Second baseman Belarmino Campos (.276/.366/.463) had two triples and four RBI in five at-bats. The 19-year-old Panama native, who's playing his third season with the DSL Rangers, has 12 doubles, four triples, and a home run in 32 games.

Right fielder Diego Cedeno (.290/.377/.389), also playing his third season in the DSL, was 3-for-5 with a single, a double, and a triple.

Elio Castillo (1/5, 2B) and Rodrigo Ayarza (1/5, 2B) both doubled once while first baseman Carlos Garay added three singles in five trips.

Outfielder Eduard Pinto, who ranks third in the Dominican Summer League with a .400 batting average, hasn't appeared in a game since July 3. He left that game after being hit by a pitch in the eighth inning, pointing to a likely injury.

Puerto Rican righty Alex de la Cruz finished the game with 1.2 scoreless frames. In his first 10.1 innings, the 5-foot-11 hurler has yielded two hits and struck out 10 without walking a batter.

The Rangers signed de la Cruz as a free agent out of Puerto Rico in June.

Player of the Game: 2B Belarmino Campos
5 1 2 0 0 4 0 1 .276

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