August 10th, 2011
Renny Osuna will once again get a chance to break the RoughRiders’ all-time hits record when the RoughRiders kick off this three-game series with the league’s defending champions–the Northwest Arkansas Naturals.
Osuna went 0-for-4 Monday after posting two hits Sunday, which gave him 319 for his RoughRiders career. Frisco’s everyday shortstop is currently tied with Steve Murphy for the record.
In five games against the Naturals this season, Osuna is hitting .364 (8-for-22) with two home runs and seven RBIs.
As per usual, Osuna is leading off and playing at short for the ‘Riders tonight.
Osuna has faced Northwest Arkansas pitcher Jeremy Jeffress once in his minor league career, and it came back on August 8, 2006, when both players were in the Arizona League. Osuna grounded out to short against Jeffress, who was a Brewers farmhand at the time.
This season, Jeffress is 1-1 with a 4.60 ERA in four starts with Northwest Arkansas after posting a 7.13 ERA in 16 appearances with Triple-A Omaha.
ADDITION: Check out this video from the Round Rock Express promoting Mark Hamburger’s candidacy for the Moniker Madness title.
Former RoughRider Mark Hamburger and highly-touted Rangers prospect Jurickson Profar have advanced to round two of Minor League Baseball’s “Moniker Madness.”
Currently with the Round Rock Express, Hamburger advanced past 13-seed Matthew Szczur. The reliever, who made it to the Final Four last year, will battle Fort Myers’ Shooter Hunt in a 4-5 matchup in the second round.
Profar, the second-best prospect in the Rangers’ system according to Baseball America, earned a two-seed and cruised past Kurt Yacko in round one. The Hickory Crawdad’s next challenge is New Hampshire’s Callix Crabbe.
Rougned Odor, a member of short-season Spokane and a one-seed, also advanced to round two. Odor will square off with Didi Gregorius, who defeated former RoughRider Emerson Frostad in the first round.
Only five double-digit seeds advanced past the first round. There were two 12 over 5 upsets, which marked the most lopsided upset in the first round.
And a personal note–my pick to win it all (Kevin Quackenbush) took down Riley Hornback in the opening round. However, I lost two “Final Four” picks (Billy Spottiswood and Skyler Stromsmoe), so my bracket has been ripped to shreds.