Rangers Minor League Roundup – 4/23

The Single-A Hickory Crawdads got three home runs from their prospects on Tuesday evening, including two from Jorge Alfaro and one from Joey Gallo. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action in the Texas Rangers' system.

AAA: Round Rock 0 – New Orleans 1
L - Wells (0-4)

Despite turning in his best effort of the season, right-hander Randy Wells fell winless in his first four starts after Tuesday's game.

The 30-year-old Wells limited New Orleans to only a run on four hits in six innings. He struck out a season-high six and walked three.

Wells has the following stat-line through four starts––21.0 ip, 24 h, 12 r, 9 bb, 19 k.

The Round Rock bats managed just four singles on the evening. They came from Engel Beltre (1/4), Jim Adduci (1/4), Robinson Chirinos (1/4), and Greg Miclat (1/4). Adduci added his ninth stolen base.

Jurickson Profar (0/3, BB) and Mike Olt (0/2, BB) both went hitless, and both committed their fourth error of the season.

Three Express relievers each pitched a hitless, scoreless inning to finish the game––righty Lisalverto Bonilla, lefty Nate Robertson, and righty Cory Burns.

Player of the Game: C Robinson Chirinos
6.0 4 1 1 3 6 0 5.14

AA: Frisco 6 – (@) San Antonio 1
W - Ramirez (2-0)

Right-hander Neil Ramirez continued his impressive start to the 2013 campaign on Tuesday, working five strong innings and earning the win. The 23-year-old Ramirez gave up one run on three hits, walking three and striking out seven.

Through his first 19.1 innings this season, Ramirez has allowed only seven hits. He has walked 12 and fanned 25.

Shortstop Hanser Alberto, who is beginning to heat up, went 2-for-4 with a triple––his second––and a walk. Ryan Strausborger (1/4, 3B) added his first three-bagger of the season.

Jared Hoying (1/4, 2B) and Brett Nicholas (1/4, 2B) both doubled. Third baseman Alex Buchholz singled twice in five trips, raising his batting average to .250.

Righty relievers Ryan Rodebaugh (2 IP) and Roman Mendez (2 IP) finished the contest with two hitless innings apiece.

Player of the Game: RHP Neil Ramirez
5.0 3 1 1 3 7 0 1.86

A+: Myrtle Beach 2 – Frederick 10
L - Payano (1-2)

The Pelicans fell into an early hole on Tuesday, as starting pitcher Victor Payano struggled with his control. In fact, five Myrtle Beach hurlers combined to walk 11 batters.

Payano gave up five runs on three hits and four walks in 1.2 innings, raising his ERA to 4.50.

Although Arlett Mavare kept his club in the game by twirling 3.1 scoreless frames out of the bullpen, it got out of hand when righties Jon Edwards (1 R, 4 BB in 2 IP) and Randol Rojas (4 R, 2 BB in 1 IP) entered the game.

At the plate, Edwin Garcia (2/3, 2B, BB), Royce Bolinger (1/3, 2B, BB), Trever Adams (1/3, 2B, BB), and Rougned Odor (1/4, 2B) all doubled once.

Impressive reliever Ryan Harvey finished the game with a perfect ninth inning, inducing two groundouts and whiffing one.

Player of the Game: 3B Edwin Garcia
3 0 2 1 0 1 1 1 .174

A: Hickory 8 – (@) Greensboro 10
L - McElwee (2-1)
HR - Gallo (7), Alfaro (2, 3)

Hickory took a commanding lead after plating seven runs in the fourth inning on Tuesday, but it wasn't enough, as Greensboro chipped away for the victory.

The Crawdads lost the game despite getting a pair of home runs from catcher Jorge Alfaro. The Colombian prospect is off to a strong start this season, and he went 2-for-4 with two homers and three RBI on Tuesday.

Slugging third baseman Joey Gallo also flashed his plus-plus raw power, belting a double and a grand slam in four at-bats. Gallo now has seven round-trippers on the season.

Starting pitcher Sam Stafford got back on the right track, as he permitted only a run on three hits in three innings, walking one and striking out three.

Making his full-season debut, righty Ryan Bores was tagged for five runs on eight hits in two-plus innings.

Player of the Game: C-1B Jorge Alfaro
4 2 2 0 2 3 0 0 .308

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