Rangers Minor League Roundup – 4/16

The Double-A Frisco RoughRiders overcame a 7-0 deficit on Tuesday, as they claimed a 14-7 victory over Northwest Arkansas. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action in the Texas Rangers' system.

AAA: Round Rock 8 – (@) Oklahoma City 6
W - Mills (3-0)
SV - Burns (3)
HR - Butler (1), Profar (1)

After the RedHawks jumped on top with four runs in the bottom of the second inning, Round Rock came right back with five in the top of the third. The Express didn't look back from there, claiming an 8-6 victory.

Although top prospect Jurickson Profar hadn't quite been struggling, he was yet to have a breakout game in Triple-A––until Tuesday, that is. Profar fell a double shy of the cycle, going 3-for-5 with a single, a triple, and a three-run homer.

Two batters after Profar launched the three-run shot in the third, left fielder Joey Butler (1/5, HR) hit a two-run long ball.

Express starter Brad Mills, the reigning PCL Pitcher of the Week, earned his third victory in as many starts. The southpaw allowed four runs (two earned) on four hits in six innings, walking two and striking out five.

Lefty Nate Robertson worked around a hit and a walk while tossing a scoreless seventh inning.

Oklahoma City got back into the game when reliever Lisalverto Bonilla surrendered two runs in the eighth. He yielded three hits, walked one, and fanned two.

Cory Burns slammed the door by fanning the side in the ninth.

DH Robinson Chirinos (2/4, 2B) singled, doubled, and brought home two runs of his own. Chris McGuiness (1/4, 2B) also added his fourth double of the campaign.

Catcher Eli Whiteside didn't have a hit, but he walked three times in four plate appearances.

Player of the Game: SS Jurickson Profar
5 1 3 0 1 3 0 0 .281

AA: Frisco 14 – Northwest Arkansas 7
W - Rowen (2-0)

Not to be outdone by their Triple-A counterparts, the Rangers' Double-A affiliate overcame a seven-run deficit on Tuesday––to win by seven runs.

Frisco starting pitcher Cody Buckel continued to battle his own control, as he coughed up six runs––none earned––in just 1.2 innings. Buckel threw only 27 of his 56 pitches for strikes while walking five. He gave up one hit––a three-run homer.

The ‘Riders came right back against Naturals starter Jason Adam, however, socking him for nine runs total in the second and third innings.

Right fielder Jared Hoying had the biggest night on the club, as he went 3-for-4 with a double, a walk, and a whopping five runs batted in. Centerfielder Ryan Strausborger (2/4, 2 2B) added two doubles and a free pass.

Tomas Telis (1/4, 2B, BB) also doubled and walked.

Right-hander Randy Henry facilitated the comeback with his outstanding effort in long relief. The cutter-slider specialist tossed four innings of one-hit shutout ball, striking out four without walking a batter.

The 21-year-old Henry now has the following stat-line through four Double-A appearances––10.1 ip, 6 h, 0 r, 0 bb, 13 k.

Roman Mendez closed the game by throwing 10 of his 11 pitches for strikes in a 1-2-3 ninth. He fanned one.

Other notable performances at the plate––and there were plenty, as Frisco pounded out 14 runs on 18 hits––included shortstop Hanser Alberto. Although the prospect had been struggling to start the year, he was 3-for-5 with a triple and two RBI on Tuesday.

Alejandro Selen (3/5), Chih-Hsien Chiang (3/5), and Odubel Herrera (2/5, BB) all reached base three times, as well.

Player of the Game: RF Jared Hoying
4 0 3 1 0 5 1 1 .310

A+: Myrtle Beach 6 – Winston-Salem 4
W - Jackson (2-0)
SV - Edwards (1)
HR - Odor (3), Deglan (2)

Fireballing Pelicans righty Luke Jackson continued his impressive start to the season on Tuesday, earning his second victory. Jackson gave up one run in 5.1 innings, yielding five hits while walking three and fanning six.

The 21-year-old Jackson has pitched well in each of his three starts––14.1 ip, 14 h, 3 r, 8 bb, 17 k.

Catcher Kellin Deglan (1/2, HR, BB) and second baseman Rougned Odor (1/4, HR) both hit a home run. Odor's round-tripper was already his third of the young season.

Leadoff man Chris Grayson was 2-for-4 with his first triple, while DH Trever Adams went 1-for-4 with his second double.

Toolsy shortstop Luis Sardinas reached base three times in four trips, getting two singles and a free pass.

Although righty relievers Ryan Harvey (2 IP) and Jon Edwards (1.2 IP) fanned four batters apiece out of the bullpen, they both struggled with control. Harvey gave up a run while walking two and plunking one, and Edwards allowed two runs while walking two.

Player of the Game: RHP Luke Jackson
5.1 5 1 1 3 6 0 1.88

A: Hickory 11 – (@) Asheville 4
W - Sadzeck (2-0)
HR - Williams (4), Maloney (2), Akins (1)

The Crawdads continued to flex their muscles on Tuesday, plating 11 runs on 15 hits. Hickory's lineup had five doubles and three home runs.

Designated hitter Nick Williams led the offensive charge against the Tourists, as he went 3-for-5 with a home run––his fourth––and two RBI.

Jordan Akins (2/4, HR) and Joe Maloney (1/3, HR, BB) each added a two-run shot of their own.

Catcher Jorge Alfaro doubled twice in five at-bats, raising his batting average to .318. Joey Gallo (1/5, 2B), Ryan Rua (2/5, 2B), and Nomar Mazara (2/4, 2B) all doubled once.

On the mound, Hickory got excellent work from tall right-hander Connor Sadzeck, who tossed five shutout innings to earn the victory. Sadzeck scattered six hits––all singles––while walking two and striking out only one.

Although Sadzeck didn't miss a ton of bats, he threw 50 of his 76 pitches for strikes––an encouraging sign for a pitcher who'd scuffled with command in the past.

Righty reliever Coby Cowgill surrendered four runs––two earned––on a couple of two-run homers in his two innings.

Jose Valdespina closed out the contest with two shutout frames, striking out two without walking a batter.

Player of the Game: DH Nick Williams
5 2 3 0 1 2 0 1 .298

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