Minor League Roundup - 5/19

Monday was a busy night in the minor leagues, as the Rangers' four affiliates combined for a solid 3-1 record. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action.

AAA: Oklahoma 12 – New Orleans 3
W – Nippert (2-0)
HR – Cruz (12, 13), Teagarden (1)
25-20, 1.0 GU

The RedHawks piled it on early on Monday evening, scoring all 12 runs in the game's first five innings.

Teagarden is heating up.
Right fielder Nelson Cruz (.333/.467/.697) hit two more home runs, giving him 12 on the season. He also walked twice.

Catcher Taylor Teagarden was 1-for-5 with his first Triple-A home run of the year.

Starting pitcher Dustin Nippert surrendered three runs on seven hits in six innings. He walked four and struck out two.

Jason Ellison had a strong game with a double, a triple, and an outfield assist at home plate.

Joaquin Arias (2/5), Ryan Roberts (3/5), and Travis Metcalf (3/4, 2B) also had multiple hits.

Relievers Kea Kometani (2 IP)and Yukinaga Maeda (1 IP) hurled scoreless relief to preserve the blowout victory.

Player of the Game: RF Nelson Cruz
3 4 2 0 2 3 2 1 .333

AA: Frisco 4 – San Antonio 1
W – Hunter (1-0)
SV – Laughter (2)
HR – Davis (11), Ramirez (9)
29-15, 5.0 GU

Hunter had impeccable control.
Tommy Hunter was magnificent in his first Double-A start, needing just 88 pitches to complete seven innings. The former supplemental first round pick gave up one run on five hits, walking none and fanning four. Hunter had just one three-ball count all game.

First baseman Chris Davis (.323/.372/.587) went 3-for-4 with a double and a home run. Davis' homer was a moonshot down the right field line that was originally called foul by the first base umpire. The call was eventually reversed after the umpires had a conference.

Max Ramirez (1/3, HR, BB) also hit a round-tripper in the contest.

Adam Fox (1/3, 2B) broke out of an extremely long slump with a double and a couple more hard-hit balls.

Reliever Andrew Laughter earned his second Double-A save with a scoreless ninth inning. He walked one.

Player of the Game: RHP Tommy Hunter
7.0 5 1 1 0 4 1 1.29

A+: Bakersfield 10 – (@) Lancaster 9
W – Hyatt (4-0)
HR – Stoneburner (1, 2)
27-18, 2.0 GB

Whittleman is hitting .343 in May.
Davis Stoneburner (.214/.250/.405) had his best game of his young career on Monday evening. The James Madison product was 2-for-5 with his first two professional home runs. Stoneburner drove in four total runs.

Third baseman John Whittleman (.296/.402/.465) went 4-for-5 with two doubles, giving him 15 on the season.

DH Grant Gerrard (1/5, 2B) also hit his 15th two-bagger.

Truan Mehl (3/5) and Manny Pina (2/4) had multiple hits while Mauro Gomez (1/4, 2B) hit a double.

Starting pitcher Jared Hyatt gave up five runs – four earned – in six innings. He permitted five hits and fanned two without issuing a walk.

Player of the Game: SS Davis Stoneburner
5 2 2 0 2 4 0 2 .214

A: Clinton 5 – Beloit 6
L – Nelo (1-2)
HR – Moreland (4), Osuna (3)
29-11, 2.5 GU

Fabio Castillo (3.03 ERA/.223 BAA) moved into the starting rotation on Monday and turned in arguably his best outing of the year. The 19-year-old yielded only one unearned run in five innings. He gave up three hits, walked none, and fanned three.

Moreland is finding his power stroke.
Although Castillo had been working out of the bullpen, his move to the rotation was a planned one. The Rangers view Castillo as a starter in the long-term and wanted to try and limit his innings by bringing him out of the bullpen early in the season.

First baseman Mitch Moreland (.291/.328/.491) went yard for the second consecutive day. He was 1-for-4.

Second baseman Renny Osuna (.368/.443/.556) had just another day at the office, going 2-for-3 with a homer and two walks. He is 28-for-60 with eight walks and three strikeouts in May.

Miguel Alfonzo had a busy night both at the plate and in right field. The native of Venezuela singled three times, committed two errors, and gunned down a runner at second base.

Tim Smith (0/1, 3 BB), Jonathan Greene (3/4, BB), and Andres James (2/4) also reached multiple times.

Player of the Game: RHP Fabio Castillo
5.0 3 1 0 0 3 0 3.03


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