Hurley gets one step closer

After going 7-2 with a 3.25 ERA in 15 appearances at Double-A Frisco, Rangers top prospect Eric Hurley made his Triple-A debut on Monday afternoon, surrendering four earned runs in five innings. Lone Star Dugout chatted with the right-handed pitcher after his outing.

Top prospect Eric Hurley made his much-anticipated Triple-A debut on Monday and surrendered five runs – four earned – on six hits in five innings. He walked two and struck out four.

Though he did not pitch particularly well, Hurley was just happy to get back on the mound.

"It wasn't excellent," said Hurley. "But it was nice to get here, throw off the mound, and get everything out of the way. I'm looking forward to going out there a second time."

Though Hurley wasn't hit particularly hard and didn't receive much help from his defense, he says that's just the way the game works sometimes.

"That's just baseball," said Hurley of his tough luck. "It happens and you have to learn to pitch around it. I made some good pitches that went for hits. It just tells you those pitches could have been a little bit better."

Despite the rough start to his Triple-A career, Hurley – who was 7-2 with a 3.25 ERA in 15 appearances at Double-A Frisco this year – is happy with his season to this point.

"[My season] has gone pretty well so far," he said. "I don't have any complaints. I played for a great team in Frisco and I come here and I get to play for a great team again. It's nice."

In the last three years, the hurler has been invited to participate in his league's All-Star Game. However, with the promotion to Oklahoma, the Florida native was unable to participate in Tuesday night's Texas League All-Star Game. Still, Hurley is happy to be honored.

"It means a lot to have what you've done on the field recognized," said Hurley.

But the 21-year-old is also quick to credit his teammates for his success.

"You don't get those accomplishments without guys playing hard behind you," explained Hurley. "You can count numerous times that a position player picks you up. There are so many factors that go into that and everybody has to be playing well."

Now just one step away from the Majors, Hurley says he would like to get a September call-up to the big leagues, but he's not going to focus on it.

"I'm always trying to get up to the majors," said Hurley. "I'm just going to pitch and that will take care of itself."

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