Rangers Minor League Roundup – 6/17

The Triple-A Round Rock Express played an all-around solid game on Monday and got six scoreless innings from starting pitcher Martin Perez. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action in the Texas Rangers system.

AAA: Round Rock 12 – (@) Oklahoma City 2
W - Perez (5-1)
40-32, 0.5 GU

The Express outscored Oklahoma City 36-14 while taking three-of-four from the RedHawks on the road. Round Rock rushed out to a 12-0 lead through four innings on Monday and didn't look back.

While the offense was plenty potent, the club also got strong work from starting pitcher Martin Perez, who pounded the strike zone for six innings.

Perez threw 51 of his 77 pitches for strikes over six shutout frames, giving up only three hits while walking one and striking out one. He also induced 12 ground-ball outs with just one flyout.

Through six Triple-A starts, the 22-year-old Perez has allowed 29 hits in 36 innings, walking eight and striking out 28.

Right fielder Joey Butler (.332/.417/.510) singled four times in six at-bats. He's now hitting a whopping .421 through 15 games this month.

Engel Beltre (1/6, 3B) had just one hit, but it was his first triple. He also drove home a pair of runs.

Leury Garcia (2/6, 2B), Yangervis Solarte (1/5, 2B), and Mike Olt (1/4, 2B, BB) all doubled once. Garcia added his first stolen base in Triple-A.

Since returning from his vision issues, Olt has posted a .250/.338/.571 slash line in 15 games. During that span, he has a 25 percent K rate and a 12 percent walk rate.

Catcher Robinson Chirinos (.290/.399/.457) reached base safely in four of his five trips, getting a single and three walks. The Venezuela native has drawn nine walks over his last nine games.

Aaron Cunningham (1/3, BB), Mike Bianucci (1/3, 2 BB), and Jose Felix (2/5) also reached base multiple times.

After Perez exited the game, righties Jake Brigham and and Lisalverto Bonilla each allowed one run in one inning. Ryan Rodebaugh tossed a scoreless frame, fanning the side.

Player of the Game: LHP Martin Perez
6.0 3 0 0 1 1 0 1.75

AA: Frisco 2 – Midland 1
W - McBride (1-2)
SV - Font (8)
HR - Chiang (6)
39-31, 3.0 GB

The ‘Riders took Monday's game on the back of right fielder Chih-Hsien Chiang's two-run homer in the fifth inning. The round-tripper provided both of Frisco's runs.

Meanwhile, right-hander Nick McBride turned in his best Double-A outing yet, as he gave up just an unearned run on six hits in five innings. He struck out five and walked two.

Lefty reliever Jimmy Reyes (2.60 ERA/.176 BAA) then retired all eight batters he faced over 2.2 perfect frames, striking out three. The 24-year-old Reyes has been particularly strong over his last nine outings––16.1 ip, 8 h, 2 er, 5 bb, 18 k.

Hard-throwing closer Wilmer Font walked two batters but was otherwise strong, striking out three in 1.1 blank frames.

First baseman Brett Nicholas went 1-for-3 with his 16th double. Guilder Rodriguez (1/2, BB) singled once and walked once.

Making his first rehab appearance, Rangers first baseman Mitch Moreland batted third and played at DH. He went hitless in three at-bats, grounding into a double play once and striking out once.

Player of the Game: RF Chih-Hsien Chiang
3 1 2 0 1 2 0 0 .230

A+: Myrtle Beach – All-Star Break
40-29, 2.5 GU

The Pelicans, who claimed a Carolina League Southern Division first-half title, are on their All-Star break. The Pelicans have a league-best five players traveling to San Jose to take part in Tuesday's Carolina vs. California League All-Star Game. Myrtle Beach is sending RHPs Nick Martinez, Luke Jackson, and Alec Asher, along with infielders Rougned Odor and Luis Sardinas.

A: Hickory – All-Star Break
39-31, 0.5 GB

After finishing the first half just one-half game out of first place, the Crawdads are enjoying their All-Star break. The South Atlantic League All-Star Game will take place in Lakewood on Tuesday. It'll feature Hickory players LHP Alex Claudio, C Jorge Alfaro, 3B Joey Gallo, INF Ryan Rua, and CF Lewis Brinson. Righty C.J. Edwards was named to the squad but is unable to play due to injury.

SSA: Spokane 10 – (@) Vancouver 1
W - Dean (1-0)
1-3, 3.0 GB

After being swept by Everett in their season-opening series, the Indians' bats finally busted out on Monday. Spokane scored 10 runs, including eight in the top of the fifth inning.

Former Oral Roberts infielder Cam Schiller, playing at first base, led the club by going 2-for-4 with a double, a triple, and three runs batted in.

Second baseman Evan Van Hoosier, drafted this year out of the College of Southern Nevada, doubled once, walked three times, and was hit by a pitch in his five plate appearances.

Catcher Marcus Greene also had a perfect day, going 3-for-3 with a pair of walks.

Starting pitcher David Ledbetter, the Rangers' third-round selection, began his pro career by tossing three scoreless frames. He gave up a hit and struck out two without walking a batter.

Relievers Sam Wolff (1 IP), Travis Dean (1 IP), and Justin Sprenger (2 IP) all followed with shutout ball. Sprenger was particularly impressive, giving up a hit and striking out six.

Ryan Cordell (2/5) and Janluis Castro (2/5) both singeld twice in five at-bats.

Nine-hole hitting DH Jamie Jarmon whiffed four times in five hitless at-bats.

Player of the Game: 1B Cam Schiller
4 2 2 1 0 3 0 0 .154

DSL: DSL Rangers 13 – (@) DSL Rockies 7
W - Jurado (2-0)
13-1, 5.0 GU

The Dominican Rangers mashed the ball around the yard once again on Monday, plating 13 runs and running their record to 13-1 in the early going. The DSL Rangers have opened up a five-game division lead through just 14 contests.

The club got three RBI apiece from second baseman Rodrigo Ayarza and third baseman Juremi Profar. Ayarza, who entered mid-game, was 2-for-2 with his first triple. Profar went 2-for-4 with his third double.

On the mound, starting pitcher Ariel Jurado tossed six innings of two-run ball, yielding six hits. He struck out four without walking a batter, though he did plunk three.

After Jesus Fandino coughed up five runs in the seventh inning, Werner Leal (1 IP) and Dario Beltre (1 IP) each worked a scoreless frame to finish the contest.

Luis Terrero (2/6) singled twice while Elio Castillo (0/2, 2 BB) and Crisford Adames (0/2, 2 BB) both walked twice.

Once again, the Rangers' hitters drew more walks (six) than they struck out (four) on Monday.

Player of the Game: 3B Juremi Profar
4 1 2 1 0 3 0 0 .283

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