July 17th, 2012

Our Three Stooges

Jake Brigham, Mike Olt, and Leury Garcia are our three stooges. (Photo Illustration by Jarah Wright)

In honor of the new Three Stooges movie coming out on DVD today, we decided to examine this season through the eyes of the the ‘Riders version of Moe, Larry, and Curly also known as Mike Olt, Leury Garcia, and Jake Brigham.

Mike Olt’s initials are MO making him Moe. When asked about the season is going, he said he thinks it’s going well.

“I’m happy I was able to make improvements in the off-season and build on those improvements,” Olt said. “I put them into practice and keep working hard.”

Olt is currently hitting .289 with 22 home runs and 63 RBIs. On July 5, Baseball America listed Olt as the third in the top 30 prospects in the Rangers organization and 11th in all of minor league baseball.

Leury Garcia’s first name is pronounced like Larry making him Larry. Garcia said he thinks everything is going good so far this season and he wouldn’t change anything that he’s been doing.

Garcia is currently hitting .273 with 8 triples and 18 stolen bases. Baseball America listed Garcia as the 11th in the top 30 prospects in the Rangers organization.

Jake Brigham started out the season with thick, curly black hair but shaved it off making him our Curly.

Like Olt, Brigham said he thinks the season is going well for him and that he’s learning a lot.

“I’m staying healthy and getting to pitch a lot of innings,” Brigham said. “I try to learn something every time I go out there.”

Brigham currently has a record of four wins and five losses with a 4.67 ERA. He has also struck out 99 batters so far this season.

Story by Jarah Wright

Feliz Back In Frisco

Neftali Feliz pitched for two innings in tonight’s series opener against the San Antonio Missions as part of his rehab assignment. Feliz was scheduled to start for Triple-A Round Rock on Sunday but after the game was rained out and the team headed out on the road, Feliz made the trip to start for Frisco.

Feliz pitched for two innings allowing one hit and one unearned run while walking two and striking out four Missions’ batters.

Originally drafted by the Atlanta Braves in 2005, Feliz joined the Rangers organization in 2007 as part of the Mark Teixeira/Ron Mahay trade. He made his way up through the organization splitting the 2008 season with the Clinton Lumber Kings before being promoted to the Frisco RoughRiders. Feliz made 10 starts ending the season with a record of four wins and three losses with a 2.98 ERA.

He spent the 2009 season with then Triple-A affiliate Oklahoma City before making his major league debut with the Texas Rangers on August 3, 2009. Feliz has been part of the Rangers bullpen ever since before being converted to a starter this season.

Feliz was put on the 60-day disabled list with right elbow inflammation. He is tentatively set to rehab with Triple-A Round Rock when the team returns home for at least one start and is then expected to move back up to the Texas Rangers.

Neftali Feliz pitched for two innings Monday night. (Alex Yocum-Beeman)

Here are some quotes from Feliz’s press conference after his start with Frisco.

“I know I can reach back and get velocity when I need it. The most important thing is to keep my pitches low. I know I can throw it harder when I need to. I wanted to focus on keeping things low.”

“I had gone a long time without pitching from the mound, but I was trying to practice all of my pitches.”

“The first thing is to be healthy. I want to be ready to help the team. I’m trying to be ready as soon as I can and help the team in any way. I haven’t been told anything. I just have to do my rehab and work to get healthy and be better. All I know is my next outing is on Friday at Round Rock.”

Story and Video by Jarah Wright