Rangers Minor League Roundup – 4/21

The Texas Rangers' four minor league affiliates went undefeated on Sunday afternoon, including a doubleheader sweep by the Single-A Hickory Crawdads. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action in the Rangers' system.

AAA: Round Rock 7 – New Orleans 1
W - Cotts (2-1)
HR - Butler (2), Profar (2)
11-7, 0.5 GU

Although sinkerballing righty Ross Wolf hasn't worked as a starting pitcher since pitching short-season A ball in 2002, he has performed quite well in that role with the Express.

On Sunday, Wolf needed just 88 pitches (64 strikes) to work 6.2 innings, yielding a run on five hits. He struck out seven without walking a batter.

The Express' offense went up against former Rangers righty Doug Mathis, who limited Round Rock to just a solo home run in five innings of work.

The round-tripper came off the bat of left fielder Joey Butler. Butler raised his batting average to .350 by going 2-for-3 with a walk.

Shortstop Jurickson Profar provided the game's big blast with his grand slam in the seventh inning. The slame was his only hit in five at-bats.

First baseman Chris McGuiness (0/1, 3 BB) walked three times, DH Robinson Chirinos (1/3, BB) singled and walked, and third baseman Mike Olt (1/4, 2B) hit a double.

After Wolf exited the game, left-hander Neal Cotts fanned four batters in 1.1 scoreless innings. Evan Meek closed out the game with a blank ninth, working around a walk.

Player of the Game: RHP Ross Wolf
6.2 5 1 1 0 7 1 1.62

AA: Frisco 7 – (@) Corpus Christi 1
W - Feierabend (1-1)
HR - Hoying (4)
10-6, 0.0 GU

The first-place ‘Riders pounded out seven runs on 15 hits to close out the weekend series in Corpus Christi.

Leadoff man and second baseman Odubel Herrera raised his batting average to .274 with a perfect 5-for-5 afternoon that included a double and a run batted in.

Centerfielder Jared Hoying, who was 3-for-5, belted a double and a home run. He drove home four runs.

C Zach Zaneski (2/4, 2B) and shortstop Hanser Alberto (1/4, 2B) also doubled.

On the mound, veteran sinkerballing lefty Ryan Feierabend limited the Hooks to a run on five hits in six innings, walking two and striking out two. The former Mariners hurler induced eight groundouts without a flyout.

Relievers Ben Rowen (0.2 IP), Jimmy Reyes (1.1 IP), and Wilmer Font (1 IP) closed out the game with three innings of shutout ball.

Player of the Game: 2B Odubel Herrera
5 3 5 1 0 1 0 0 .274

A+: Myrtle Beach 9 – (@) Carolina 5
W - Martinez (2-1)
HR - Bolinger (1), Grayson (1)
9-7, 0.0 GU

The Carolina League isn't typically known for its offense, but the Pelicans and Mudcats combined for 14 runs on Sunday. Myrtle Beach socked five extra-base hits in the game.

Outfielders Chris Grayson (1/4, HR, BB) and Royce Bolinger (1/3, HR, BB) both went deep in the victory––it was the first home run for both prospects.

Third baseman Drew Robinson (2/5, 2B), first baseman Kevin Torres (1/4, 2B), and DH Trever Adams (2/5, 2B) all doubled once.

Catcher Kellin Deglan went 0-for-1 but drew four walks in the game.

Luis Sardinas, who singled twice in five at-bats, also stole a pair of bases.

Pelicans starting pitcher Nick Martinez threw 52 of his 85 pitches for strikes over 5.1 innings, giving up three runs. He surrendered five hits, walked two, and struck out two.

After Randol Rojas allowed two runs in 1.2 frames, tall righty Phil Klein slammed the door with two scoreless innings. He struck out two.

Player of the Game: CF Royce Bolinger
3 2 1 0 1 3 1 2 .125

A: Hickory 10 – Charleston 2 (7 innings – Game 1)
W - Smith (3-0)
HR - Marte (1), Mazara (1)

The Crawdads cruised to a 10-2 victory in the scheduled seven-inning game, scoring at least one run in five of their six times at-bat.

But perhaps the most impressive performer for Hickory was starting pitcher C.J. Edwards, who fanned eight batters in four innings of one-run ball. Edwards allowed just one hit and walked one.

At the plate, right fielder Nomar Mazara continued to heat up by going 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBI. Shortstop Luis Marte, who was 2-for-2 with a walk, also went deep.

Leadoff man Lewis Brinson singled once and doubled twice in four at-bats. Nick Williams (2/4) and Joey Gallo (2/4) each added two singles.

Player of the Game: SS Luis Marte
2 3 2 0 1 1 1 0 .250

A: Hickory 1 – Charleston 0 (9 innings – Game 2)
W - Claudio (2-1)
11-7, 0.0 GU

The Crawdads and RiverDogs played a nine-inning game in two hours and eighteen minutes. The contest featured six total hits, 10 total baserunners, and 30 total strikeouts.

The outstanding pitching matchup pitted Charleston's Rafael de Paula against Hickory's Connor Sadzeck.

De Paula, a Yankees prospect, was outstanding, as he tossed five hitless innings while walking three and striking out 10. Sadzeck was just as good, hurling six innings of three-hit ball, fanning eight.

Sidearming lefty Alexander Claudio finished the game for Hickory by retiring all nine batters he faced, striking out six.

Left fielder Nick Williams raised his average to .324 by singling twice in four at-bats.

Williams singled to center to lead off the bottom of the ninth. He then stole second with Joey Gallo hitting. After Gallo walked, second baseman Ryan Rua (1/3, 2B, BB) laced his eighth double of the season for the walkoff victory.

Player of the Game: LHP Alexander Claudio
3.0 0 0 0 0 6 0 2.81

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