Minor League Roundup - 7/29

Clark Murphy made a successful professional debut for the AZL Rangers on Tuesday evening, going 3-for-3 with a walk. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action.

AAA: Oklahoma 10 – (@) Colorado Springs 9 (11 innings)
W – White (2-1)
SV – Littleton (5)
HR – Richardson (5)
63-48, 11.0 GU


Brian Gordon is another RedHawks pitcher that will be glad to escape the high altitude of Colorado Springs. He allowed four runs on 10 hits in 5 1/3 innings, walking one and fanning two.

Chris Shelton (3/6, 2B) and Jason Ellison (3/5) both had three hits while first baseman Nate Gold was 2-for-6 with a triple.

Shortstop Joaquin Arias (2/4, 2 BB) and second baseman Drew Meyer (1/3, 3 BB) both reached base four times.

Backstop Kevin Richardson (.274/.351/.444) was 1-for-4 with a walk and a solo home run, his fifth in 135 at-bats this season.

Left-handed reliever Bill White (4.19 ERA/.256 BAA) struck out three batters in two shutout innings. He didn't allow any hits.

Over the last two months, White has surrendered just six earned runs in 22.1 innings. He has given up 16 hits, walked 14, and struck out 30.

Wes Littleton got the save with two strikeouts in a scoreless ninth inning.

Player of the Game: DH Chris Shelton
AB R H 2B HR RBI BB K AVG
6 0 3 1 0 2 0 1 .333


AA: Frisco 3 – Midland 7
L – Hyatt (1-2)
HR – Andrus (3), Borbon (2)
23-15, 2.5 GU


The Riders fell in an early hole when Jared Hyatt served up six runs – five earned – in four innings. He allowed seven hits and walked two without recording a strikeout.

Speedy prospects Julio Borbon (2/5, HR) and Elvis Andrus (2/4, HR) both hit home runs in the game. Andrus also added a pair of stolen bases to give him 43 on the year.

Second baseman Jose Vallejo (.281/.338/.405) singled and doubled while DH Ben Harrison (.306/.392/.532) doubled and walked.

Zack Parker (3.77 ERA/.274 BAA) allowed one run in three innings. He struck out four batters.

Another hot reliever, Brennan Garr, fanned six hitters in two scoreless innings of work. He allowed a pair of singles to open the ninth inning but went on to punch out the next three hitters.

Player of the Game: SS Elvis Andrus
AB R H 2B HR RBI BB K AVG
4 1 2 0 1 2 0 1 .293


A+: Bakersfield 6 – Visalia 1
W – Poveda (2-3)
SV – Bannister (2)
HR – Morrison (1)
17-21, 5.5 GB


Omar Poveda (5.50 ERA/.252 BAA) returned from a minor finger injury to post arguably his best start of the season. The 20-year-old gave up one unearned run in 6 2/3 innings. He gave up four singles, walked one, and struck out six.

DH Erik Morrison helped put the game away with his first High-A home run, a two-run blast in the bottom of the eighth inning. He also singled and walked in the contest.

Marcus Lemon (1/4, 2B), Chad Tracy (1/4, 2B), John Whittleman (1/4, 2B), Truan Mehl (3/4, 2B) and Manny Pina (2/3, 2B, BB) combined to produce Bakersfield's five doubles.

John Bannister (3.50 ERA/.254 BAA as a reliever) struck out three in 2 1/3 innings. He allowed no runs on one hit without walking a hitter.

Player of the Game: RHP Omar Poveda
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
6.2 4 1 0 1 6 0 5.50


A: Clinton 3 – South Bend 0
W – Dennis (4-3)
SV – Flores (10)
20-18, 1.5 GB


Michael Kirkman (1.38 ERA/.195 BAA in six July appearances) surrendered two hits in five scoreless innings. He walked two and struck out a season-high eight hitters.

Chris Dennis (1.43 ERA/.217 BAA) kept South Bend off the scoreboard for three more innings, striking out five batters in the process.

Catcher Carlos Dominguez (3/3) singled three times while third baseman Jonathan Greene (2/3) singled twice.

Centerfielder Engel Beltre doubled for his only hit in four at-bats.

Big right-hander Adalberto Flores (3.38 ERA/.188 BAA in July) finished off Clinton's second shutout of the month with a scoreless inning.

Player of the Game: LHP Michael Kirkman
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
5.0 2 0 0 2 8 0 2.72


SSA: Spokane 7 – (@) Everett 6
W – Gutsie (3-0)
SV – Miller (2)
HR – Fry (5)
32-10, 6.0 GU


Martin Perez pitched well early on, but he surrendered one run in the fourth inning before allowing three without recording an out in the fifth. When the dust had cleared, the 17-year-old had coughed up four runs on four hits and five walks in four innings. He struck out two.

Right fielder Eric Fry (.299/.373/.453) was 3-for-5 with his fifth home run of the season.

David Paisano (1/4, 2B, BB), Matt West (2/5, 2B) and Kyle Higgins (1/5, 2B) all doubled.

Second baseman Jason Ogata and catcher Zach Zaneski both singled three times in five trips.

Relievers Ryan Schlecht and Justin Gutsie hurled two shutout innings apiece. Schlecht fanned four while Gutsie struck out three.

Player of the Game: RF Eric Fry
AB R H 2B HR RBI BB K AVG
5 2 3 0 1 2 0 0 .299


RK: AZL Rangers 5 – AZL Padres 4
W – Evans (3-1)
SV – King (2)
3-0, 1.0 GU


The AZL Rangers faced five pitchers in the game, including former Rangers prospect John Hudgins and current Padres top prospect Matt Latos.

Tuesday marked the professional debut for fifth round pick Clark Murphy, who served as the game's designated hitter. Murphy had a perfect night, getting three singles and one walk in four plate appearances.

Third baseman Johan Yan (2/4) singled twice while Rafael Hill (1/3, 2B, BB) doubled for the team's only extra-base hit. A product of Austin Peay, Hill has posted an impressive .429/.457/.714 line in July.

Miguel De Los Santos struck out five batters and surrendered two runs in 3 2/3 innings. He allowed four hits and didn't issue a walk.

Lefty Eric Evans earned the victory with 3 1/3 shutout innings. He also struck out five while giving up two hits and two walks.

Player of the Game: DH Clark Murphy
AB R H 2B HR RBI BB K AVG
3 0 3 0 0 0 1 0 1.000


DSL: DSL Rangers1 12 – (@) DSL Rangers2 4
W – De Leon (3-1)
SV – Sibid (2)
HR – Polanco (5), Solis (5)
32-17, 3.0 GB


Kelvin De Leon (2.55 ERA/.182 BAA) won his third game of the year after allowing four runs, two earned, in six innings of work. He walked three and struck out seven.

Third baseman Emmanuel Solis (.236/.323/.407) belted his second homer in as many days and his third in five games. He also hit his seventh double.

Right fielder Juan Polanco (.271/.411/.432) was 3-for-4 with a double, a homer, and a walk. He also stole two bases, getting him to nine on the season.

DH Tomas Telis (2/3, 2B) and 2B Keury Arias (2/4, 2B, BB) also doubled. Arias knocked in four runs.

Reliever Pepe Sibid hurled three shutout innings, giving up three hits. He didn't record a walk or a strikeout.

Player of the Game: RF Juan Polanco
AB R H 2B HR RBI BB K AVG
4 2 3 1 1 2 1 0 .271


DSL: DSL Rangers2 4 – DSL Rangers1 12
L – Soto (2-2)
19-30, 16.0 GB


Eleno Soto was shelled on Tuesday, as he surrendered nine runs [six earned] in 4 1/3 innings.

DH Yefry Castillo (1/3, 2B, BB) doubled for the Rangers' only extra-base hit of the game. It was his third two-bagger of the year.

The Rangers committed seven errors on the game, including three from shortstop Alfredo Chalas.

Player of the Game: C Yefry Castillo
AB R H 2B HR RBI BB K AVG
3 0 1 1 0 1 1 0 .264


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