July 29th, 2012

‘Riders Fantasy Football

Football training camps are underway across the country which means it’s time for fans to dust off their computers and draft fantasy football teams. Frisco pitcher Ross Wolf has played for the past eight seasons and plans on playing in three leagues this season.

“I draft differently for each league depending on the point system,” Wolf said. “I don’t really have a strategy going in but I pick the best players that I can from what’s available.

The highest he’s ever finished in a league was second. He placed fourth last year which he said was a miracle after the team he started with.

“I drafted Peyton Manning in the third round,” Wolf said. “Then he got hurt and I had to make some key trades last year.”

We asked him which RoughRiders he would put at each position if they were a football team.

“Olt is definitely a running back. Our tight end would be maybe Hoying. Profar would be either a wide receiver or cornerback. Princey would be our quarterback. Zaneski is a linebacker and I think Leury Garcia would be a running back too because he’s got the build,” Wolf said.

We also went to Jared Prince, one of Frisco’s outfielders who was also an all-state quarterback in high school. Then we talked to the RoughRiders’ Strength and Conditioning Coach Eric McMahon. Here are their picks.

Jared Prince’s Gridiron Warriors

Quarterback: Jared Prince

Running Back: Leury Garcia

Fullback: Ryan Rodebaugh

Flex: Ryan Strausborger

Wide Receiver: Jared Hoying

Left Tackle: Barret Loux

Left Guard: Miguel De Los Santos

Center: Jose Felix

Right Guard: Chris McGuiness

Riight Tackle: Nick Tepesch

Tight End: Val Majewski

Kicker: Cody Buckel

Defensive End: Zach Osborne

Defensive Tackle: Wilfredo Boscan

Defensive Tackle: Jake Brigham

Defensive End: Carlos Pimentel

Outside Linebacker: Alex Buchholz

Middle Linebacker: Zach Zaneski

Middle Linebacker: Mike Olt

Outside Linebacker: Tim Murphy

Cornerback: Jurickson Profar

Safety: Neal Ramirez

Cornerback: Engel Beltre

Punter: Richard Bleier

Eric McMahon’s RoughRiders

Quarterback: Jared Prince

Running Back: Leury Garcia

Fullback: Ryan Rodebaugh

Flex: Ryan Strausborger

Wide Receiver: Neal Ramirez

Left Tackle: Barret Loux

Left Guard: Miguel De Los Santos

Center: Jose Felix

Right Guard: Zach Zaneski

Right Tackle: Nick Tepesch

Tight End: Val Majewski

Kicker: Cody Buckel

Defensive End: Zach Osborne

Defensive Tackle: Wilfredo Boscan

Defensive Tackle: Jake Brigham

Defensive End: Mike Olt

Outside Linebacker: Carlos Pimentel

Middle Linebacker: Chris McGuiness

Middle Linebacker: Alex Buchholz

Outside Linebacker: Tim Murphy

Cornerback: Engel Beltre

Safety: Jared Hoying

Cornerback: Jurickson Profar

Punter: Richard Bleier

Story by Jarah Wright

First Time ‘Riders Pitcher Rehabs

Mark Lowe became the third Texas Rangers player to rehab with the Frisco RoughRiders this season tonight when he joined first baseman Mitch Moreland in Frisco. The other, Neftali Feliz, pitched two innings in a rehab start on July 16 against the San Antonio Missions. He was the only one of the three to not have pitched in Frisco as a RoughRiders before.

He pitched one inning of relief tonight against the San Antonio Missions. He gave up a game tying home run to Edinson Rincon and struck out two batters.

The right handed reliever has made 26 appearances for the Rangers this season and posted a 2.30 ERA. In 31 1/3 innings Lowe has struck out 25 batters and given up 22 hits.  He was placed on the Disabled List by the Rangers on June 29 with a strained right intercostals muscle.

The 29 year old was traded to the Texas Rangers as part of the Cliff Lee blockbuster deal at the trade deadline on July 9, 2010. The Rangers sent first baseman Justin Smoak, utility player Matt Lawson, and pitchers Blake Beavan and Josh Lueke to Seattle, all of whom played for the Frisco RoughRiders in either 2009 or 2010.

Written By: Michael Damman

Photo Illustration By: Jarah Wright

Photos courtesy of: Texas Rangers, Frisco RoughRiders, Seattle Mariners, and Philadelphia Phillies

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