Rangers Minor League Roundup – 8/27

The rookie-level Surprise Rangers clinched their third consecutive Arizona League West Division title with Monday's victory over the Royals. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action in the Texas Rangers' system.

AAA: Round Rock – (@) New Orleans – PPD (Hurricane)
64-72, 12.5 GB

The four-game series between Round Rock and New Orleans––initially scheduled to be played at Zephyrs Field––has been moved to Round Rock due to Hurricane Isaac. The two clubs will play a doubleheader at the Dell Diamond on Tuesday with single games on Wednesday and Thursday.

AA: Frisco 1 – (@) Midland – 2 (13 innings)
L - Rodriguez (0-1)
34-29, 7.0 GB

The RoughRiders and RockHounds played a 13-inning marathon that ended with a pair of utility infielders on the mound.

Frisco's Guilder Rodriguez worked two scoreless innings, throwing 22 of his 39 pitches for a strike, before allowing a run in the bottom of the 13th inning. He struck out two.

Meanwhile, Midland infielder Leonardo Gil tossed a 1-2-3 top of the 13th to earn the victory.

The two clubs didn't have much in the way of scoring chances during the game, as they combined for three runs on 14 hits in the 13 innings.

Frisco starting pitcher Barret Loux (3.50 ERA/.251 BAA) yielded one run on six hits in five innings, walking one and striking out six. He threw 91 pitches over the five innings.

Richard Bleier (1 IP), Carlos Pimentel (2.2 IP) and Ross Wolf (1.1 IP) all followed with scoreless ball out of the bullpen before giving way to Rodriguez.

Left fielder Jared Hoying (.295/.343/.409) led the offense with two singles and a base on balls in five plate appearances. Jared Prince (1/4, 2B, BB) doubled while Engel Beltre (1/6), Chris McGuiness (1/5) and Tom Mendonca (1/4, BB) singled for the club's other hits.

Player of the Game: RHP Barret Loux
5.0 6 1 1 1 6 0 3.50

A+: Myrtle Beach 1 – (@) Wilmington 9
L - Rojas (9-5)
36-27, 3.5 GB

One day after clinching a spot in the Carolina League playoffs, the Pelicans were routed by Wilmington in a game that included 28 total hits.

Myrtle Beach starter Randol Rojas (3.32 ERA/.266 BAA) surrendered five runs on 11 hits in five innings while walking one and striking out four. Wilmington later extended their lead against hard-throwing righty Daniel Lopez, who was tagged for four runs (three earned) in one-third of an inning.

Lopez gave up three hits and walked one.

Although left fielder Chris Grayson has scuffled since earning the promotion to High-A, he had an all-around strong performance on Monday. The 23-year-old prospect went 3-for-3 with two doubles, a walk, and a stolen base.

Between Hickory and Myrtle Beach, Grayson is batting .253/.362/.434 with 28 doubles, six triples, and 13 home runs. He has also stolen 33 bases in 41 attempts.

Third baseman Santiago Chirino (2/4) added two singles in four trips, raising his batting average to .223.

Making his Carolina League debut, South Carolina native Josh McElwee––the Rangers' 20th-round pick in this year's MLB Draft––worked around three singles in a scoreless seventh inning. He struck out a pair.

Jimmy Reyes (2.56 ERA/.246 BAA) fanned two batters in a perfect eighth inning.

Player of the Game: LF Chris Grayson
3 1 3 2 0 0 1 0 .183

A: Hickory – OFF
35-28, 3.0 GB

The entire South Atlantic League was quiet on Monday. With seven regular-season games remaining, the Crawdads sit three games behind first-place Hagerstown (37-24).

SSA: Spokane 6 – (@) Eugene 1
W - Edwards (2-3)
HR - Rua (7)
15-19, 6.5 GB

The Indians carried a no-hitter through 5.2 innings on Monday and ended up tossing a two-hit gem at Eugene.

Starting pitcher C.J. Edwards (2.11 ERA/.160 BAA) tossed five hitless, scoreless frames while walking two and striking out seven.

Between the two short-season levels this summer, the 20-year-old prospect has permitted only 32 hits in 67 innings. Opponents are hitting .141 off him, and he's struck out 85 batters in those 67 frames.

Shawn Blackwell, who worked two innings in relief, surrendered a solo home run for the only damage against him. Rangers fourth-round pick Alec Asher closed out the game with two shutout innings. He pitched around a hit and three walks allowed, striking out two.

Spokane scored all six of its runs in the top of the fifth inning. The scoring was capped off by a three-run homer off the bat of DH Ryan Rua, who went 1-for-4 with his seventh round-tripper.

The 22-year-old Rua is batting .297/.369/.440 in 70 games this summer.

Shortstop Gabriel Roa went 2-for-4 with a walk and a stolen base. One of his knocks was a two-run single in the fifth inning, and ceneterfielder Chris Garia (1/5) also brought home a run in the fifth.

Left fielder Jake Skole had a single and three strikeouts in four at-bats. In six games since returning from his suspension, he is 7-for-20 (.350) with a triple, eight walks, and seven strikeouts. He has also stolen three bases in six attempts.

Player of the Game: RHP C.J. Edwards
5.0 0 0 0 2 7 0 2.11

RK: Surprise Rangers 3 – (@) Surprise Royals 2
W - Leclerc (3-1)
SV - Claudio (1)
33-21, 2.0 GU

The Rookie Rangers clinched their third consecutive Arizona League West Division title on Monday, securing a spot in this weekend's playoffs.

As the Rangers claimed a 3-2 victory over their complex mates, the tandem of Anyelo Leclerc (2.96 ERA/.262 BAA) and Alexander Claudio (1.79 ERA/.222 BAA) continued to shine.

The 20-year-old Leclerc limited the Royals to two runs in five innings. He allowed four hits, walked one, and struck out five. Claudio followed by facing the minimum 12 batters in four hitless innings for his second consecutive outing. He struck out eight.

Leclerc and Claudio have been in a tandem role together since July 18. They've been particularly dominant in their last seven outings, which stretches to July 28.

Since July 28, Leclerc and Claudio have posted the following combined stat-line––59.1 ip, 40 h, 6 er (0.91 ERA), 5 bb, 70 k.

The Rangers' offense went up against Royals left-hander John Lamb, a top prospect who is making his return from Tommy John surgery. Lamb made quick work of the Rangers by retiring all nine batters he faced in three perfect innings.

But the club was able to get to the bullpen.

Third baseman Janluis Castro went 2-for-4 with his ninth double, the Rangers' only extra-base hit of the game. First baseman Ronald Guzman raised his batting average to .324 with two singles in four at-bats.

Player of the Game: LHP Alexander Claudio
4.0 0 0 0 0 8 0 1.79

DSL: DSL Rangers – Season Over
42-28, 2.0 GB

The Dominican Rangers had their final two games of the season canceled by Tropical Storm Isaac. The club finished the season in third place with a 42-28 record, two games out of a playoff berth.

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