Minor League Roundup - 7/2

Tommy Hunter made his first Triple-A start on Wednesday while Neftali Feliz and Joe Wieland were both outstanding in their relatively short outings. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action.

AAA: Oklahoma 2 – (@) New Orleans 7
L – Hunter (0-1)
47-40, 7.0 GU


Tommy Hunter got the loss in his Triple-A debut despite posting a quality start.

Hunter, who turns 22 on Thursday, scattered nine hits through 6 1/3 innings and allowed three runs. He walked two and struck out four.

DH Nate Gold (.233/.326/.425) reached base three times. He was 1-for-2 with a pair of walks.

Nelson Cruz (2/5) singled twice while Casey Benjamin (1/3, BB) singled and walked.

Player of the Game: RHP Tommy Hunter
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
6.1 9 3 3 2 4 1 4.26


AA: Frisco – OFF
10-2, 2.0 GU


The Texas League took Wednesday off.

A+: Bakersfield 4 – San Jose 9
L – Reed (5-3)
HR – Kaase (1)
4-9, 6.0 GB


Evan Reed yielded five runs, four earned, in four innings on Wednesday. He struck out four and didn't walk a hitter.

Second baseman Jake Kaase (.304/.327/.391 in 46 High-A at-bats) was 2-for-3 with a home run, a walk, and a stolen base.

Marcus Lemon and John Whittleman both went 1-for-5 with a double.

First baseman Ian Gac singled twice in four at-bats.

Righty John Bannister (4.20 ERA/.269 BAA) gave up a hit and a walk in two shutout innings. He struck out three.

Player of the Game: 2B Jake Kaase
AB R H 2B HR RBI BB K AVG
3 1 2 0 1 1 1 0 .304


A: Clinton 1 – (@) Beloit 2
L – Ueno (2-1)
4-10, 6.0 GB


Neftali Feliz (2.52 ERA/.193 BAA) fired three hitless innings before he was pulled after a lengthy rain delay. Feliz struck out five without walking a batter.

Right-hander Ryan Tatusko (4.99 ERA/.240 BAA) followed Feliz with three solid innings of his own. He gave up one run on two hits, walking none and punching out three.

Leadoff hitter Engel Beltre (.354/.380/.438 in 48 post-All-Star break at-bats) singled three times in four trips.

Left fielder Cristian Santana was 1-for-4 with a double.

Player of the Game: RHP Neftali Feliz
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
3.0 0 0 0 0 5 0 2.52


SSA: Spokane 8 – (@) Yakima 9 (11 innings)
L – Springston (0-1)
HR – Bolden (1)
11-5, 1.0 GU


Former University of Kentucky and current Yakima slugger Collin Cowgill deserves to start this off, even if he's not a Rangers prospect.

The 5'9" outfielder was 4-for-6 with three home runs last night, including the game-tying homer in the bottom of the ninth. In 61 Northwest League at-bats, Cowgill has 10 home runs. He has just 17 hits on the season – 12 of them have gone for extra bases. Not a bad start to the fifth rounder's professional career.

Neil Ramirez gave up two of Cowgill's home runs. He allowed four runs on five hits in 4.2 innings. Ramirez walked three and fanned five.

Centerfielder Jared Bolden (.238/.284/.349) was 1-for-5 with a walk and his first professional home run.

Joey Butler (1/4, 2B, 2 BB), Justin Pickett (2/5, 2B) and Eric Fry (2/4, 2B, BB) all doubled.

Left fielder Tim Rodriguez (.378/.429/.432) singled twice and stole his second base.

Tim Murphy allowed one run in 2 1/3 innings. He gave up two hits, walked three, and struck out two.

Player of the Game: RF Eric Fry
AB R H 2B HR RBI BB K AVG
4 1 2 1 0 1 1 0 .277


RK: AZL Rangers 8 – (@) AZL Athletics 1
W – Wagner (1-0)
6-3, 0.5 GB


Joe Wieland (2.00 ERA/.129 BAA in nine innings) did not allow a baserunner in four innings on Wednesday morning. He struck out three batters.

Corner infielders Michael Ortiz (3/5) and Erik Morrison (3/4, BB) both singled three times.

David Wagner earned the victory with two shutout innings.

Australian reliever Tim Stanford gave up one run in one inning in his professional debut. Stanford is a 19-year-old sidearmer from Sydney.

Aja Barto (1/5, 2B), Jairo Valdez (1/5, 2B) and Edward Martinez (2/4, 2B) all doubled.

Left fielder James McGraw singled, walked twice, and stole his second base.

Righty Kyle Ocampo struck out one in a scoreless inning of work.

Player of the Game: RHP Joe Wieland
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
4.0 0 0 0 0 3 0 2.00


DSL: DSL Rangers1 1 – DSL Pirates 3
L – Rosendo (1-2)
17-10, 0.0 GU


Orlando Caraballo (6.23 ERA/.265 BAA) turned in his best start of the season, tossing five innings of one-run ball. The lone run was unearned. Caraballo gave up five hits, walked two, and struck out three.

Jhonny Gomez (1/4), Ariel Ventura (1/3, BB), and Emmanuel Solis (1/3, BB) had the Rangers' three hits.

Player of the Game: RHP Orlando Caraballo
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
5.0 5 1 0 2 3 0 6.23


DSL: DSL Rangers2 6 – (@) DSL Astros 5 (10 innings)
W – Arrendell (4-1)
12-15, 5.0 GB


Southpaw Raul Mayora (2.67 ERA/.219 BAA) gave up 10 baserunners [six hits, four walks] in five innings, but he allowed only two runs. Mayora struck out two.

Alfredo Chalas (2/4) and Guillermo Pimentel (2/5, BB) both singled twice while RF Alex Gonzalez singled, walked twice, and drove in two runs.

Reynaldo Alvarez struck out four batters in 2 2/3 innings of shutout ball.

Player of the Game: RHP Reynaldo Alvarez
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
2.2 3 0 0 1 4 0 1.96


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