August 19th, 2011

RoughRiders In The (Football) Draft

The NFL is right around the corner, which means that fantasy football drafts are taking place all over the world. The RoughRiders’ front office had its draft Tuesday night. We all realized quickly that Aaron–the league’s commissioner–had the best draft by far. He may go undefeated.  I’m in trouble.

So, let’s make some fantasy football comparisons with some of your RoughRiders. By the way, Aaron will have another fantasy football-related post tomorrow from Tulsa.

Tommy Mendonca = Arian Foster (RB, Houston): Mendonca (.285, 23 HR, 83 RBI) is finishing up a breakout season here in the Texas League, and Foster (1374 yards, 13 TDs) was the breakout star of the NFL last season. Foster is going in the first round in many drafts, and Mendonca would be near the top of most Texas League boards.

Mike Bianucci = Peyton Hillis (RB, Cleveland): Two tough, strong men who produce very well. Bianucci is third in the Texas League in home runs (27) while Hillis became the first Brown to don the cover of Madden. These two guys are beasts in their sports.

Engel Beltre = Santonio Holmes (WR, NY Jets): Both men have great speed and catch seemingly everything that comes their way, and they both do it with a little flair. Beltre is one of the best defenders in the Texas League, and Holmes is the top receiver on a contender.

Renny Osuna = Ray Rice (RB, Baltimore): Both Osuna and Rice are a bit undersized, but they both produce at a very high level. Rice is a first-round pick in fantasy football drafts, while Osuna is the RoughRiders’ all-time hits leader. If you have either on your team, you have a great chance to win.

Ben Snyder = Ben Roethlisberger (QB, Pittsburgh): These two guys are better real-life players than they are fantasy sports acquisitions. Snyder has been in the bullpen, starting rotation, and outfield this season, and Roethlisberger gets better as the game progresses.

Justin Miller = Tom Brady (QB, New England): Miller doesn’t have three rings or an undefeated regular season (although he is close at 9-1 this season), but he does shut the door on his opponents late in the game. Brady is the king of fourth-quarter wins, and Miller boasts a 2.03 ERA as a late-inning bullpen option.

Johan Yan = Mike Williams (WR, Tampa Bay): Both players made instant impacts out of nowhere. A converted infielder, Yan has an incredible 0.47 in his first 19 Double-A innings. Williams was a fourth-round pick in last year’s draft, and his 1,056 receiving yards and eight touchdowns helped the Buccaneers become one of the biggest 2010 surprises.

Matt Leeds = Andre Roberts (WR, Arizona): Two deep sleepers. Leeds is with the RoughRiders after spending the first two months of his professional career in the Arizona League, and Roberts is going to get some playing time alongside Larry Fitzgerald.

- Brian

Rangers Prospect Makes Final Four

Unlike last year when a 15-seed made it to the championship match, the “Minors Moniker Madness” held true to form for the most part, which was good news for Rangers prospect Rougned Odor. The top seed in the Farmer Works bracket, Odor clinched a spot in the semifinals with a narrow victory over Kevin Quackenbush.

So let’s delve into the four men who will vie for the Minors Moniker Madness title, starting with the Rangers’ representative.

#1 Rougned Odor:
HOW HE GOT HERE: Defeated Nick Bierbrodt, Didi Gregorius, Shooter Hunt and Kevin Quackenbush
HIS TEAM: Spokane Indians, the short-season affiliate of the Texas Rangers.
HOW HE IS DOING: Odor is hitting .296 with two homers and 24 RBIs in 44 games with the Indians in the Northwest League.
FUN FACT: He doesn’t really smell as bad as his last name would suggest.

#1 Seth Schwindenhammer:
HOW HE GOT HERE: Defeated Yohan Flande, Brooks Belter, Bob Stumpo and Brett Butts
HIS TEAM: Lowell Spinners, the short-season affiliate of the Boston Red Sox.
HOW HE IS DOING: Schwindenhammer is hitting .214 with nine homers and 28 RBIs in 49 games with the Spinners in the New-York Penn League.
FUN FACT: Schwindenhammer had the longest last name (15 letters) in the competition.

#1 Beamer Weems:
HOW HE GOT HERE: Defeated Jordan Hotchkiss, Boof Bonser, Maverick Lasker and Tuffy Gosewisch.
HIS TEAM: San Antonio Missions, the Double-A affiliate of the San Diego Padres.
HOW HE IS DOING: Weems is hitting .246 with nine homers and 46 RBIs in 77 games with the Missions in the Texas League.
FUN FACT: Weems’ Missions boast the best record (82-40) in all of full-season minor league baseball.

#2 Dusty Harvard:
HOW HE GOT HERE: Defeated Jerod Yakubik, Rex Brothers, Xander Bogaerts and Forrest Snow
HIS TEAM: Bristol White Sox, a rookie affiliate of the Chicago White Sox.
HOW HE IS DOING: Harvard is hitting .203 with one homer and six RBIs in 18 games with the White Sox in the Appalachian League.
FUN FACT: Bristol plays its home games at Boyce Cox Stadium, which would be a candidate in the Madness if it were a player.

That’s the tale of the tape. Who is your favorite? Let us know below!

- Brian

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