Meet the newest ‘Riders
The RoughRiders received five players from High-A Myrtle Beach Thursday, including righthanded pitchers Jon Edwards, Luke Jackson and Francisco Mendoza as well as infielders Rougned Odor and Luis Sardinas.
Carlos Pimentel was been promoted to Triple-A Round Rock, and four players were transferred from Frisco to Myrtle Beach: Hanser Alberto, Odubel Herrera, Nick McBride and Kevin Pucetas.
Rougned Odor (2B)
Rougned makes his first trip to Double-A, becoming the youngest player at the level by nearly three months. In fact, since 2011 Rookie ball in Spokane at age 17, he has been the youngest in each league he has played. This season with Myrtle Beach, Odor was the youngest player in all three High-A leagues.
The Venezuelan second baseman is having a tremendous season. At the time of promotion, he was leading the Pelicans in batting (.304) and stolen bases (27) and has more doubles than any Rangers minor leaguer (33). He has clubbed five homers and four triples to go along with the 33 doubles. Odor’s uncle, ROuglas Odor, was a hitting coach in the Cleveland Indians farm system.
Odor went three-for-five in his Double-A debut, hitting two singles and a triple.
Luis Sardinas (SS)
Sardinas signed as a non-draft free agent on July 2, 2009, and spent the entire 2012 season with the Hickory Crawdads. The 20-year-old shortstop is another member of Baseball America’s top-ten in the Texas system, ranked just behind Jackson at number seven. The Venezuelan hit .297 with the Pelicans with 68 runs scored, one home run and 31 RBI. He is the third youngest player in the Texas League.
In his first game as a RoughRiders, went one-for-five with a single, and also teamed up with second baseman Odor for an impressive double play in the second to end the frame.
Luke Jackson (RHP)
Jackson was a former first round pick by Texas in 2010 and one of the top pitching prospects in the Rangers system. Ranked number six in the Rangers system by Baseball America, Luke, 21, has lived up to his billing in 2013. In 19 starts, Jackson is 9-4 with a 2.41 ERA (27 ER/101 IP). He is fourth in the Rangers farm system with 104 strikeouts. This is his first promotion to Frisco.
Jon Edwards (RHP)
A former St. Louis Cardinals farmhand, the 25-year-old is a converted outfielder and has spent the last two seasons in the Rangers system. Originally taken in the 14th round by St. Louis out of Keller High School, Edwards was a career .239 hitter in six professional seasons as a Cardinals minor leaguer. Signed by the Rangers prior to the 2012 season, he pitched at four different levels in 2012, including one appearance for the ‘Riders. This season, Edwards has spent the entire season up to this point with the Pelicans, going 3-1 with a 3.57 ERA in 26 outings.
In last night’s game against the Missions, Edwards came in for Arlett Mavare, striking out two and allowing just two hits in 1.1 innings.
Francisco Mendoza (RHP)
Reliever Francisco Mendoza is earning his first promotion to Double-A. In 27 outings as a Pelicans hurler, Mendoza went 3-2 with a 3.55 ERA with seven saves. He is striking out more than a batter an inning this season (46 K/38 IP). Mendoza signed with the Rangers as a non-drafted free agent on May 19, 2008.
In his Double-A debut last night against the Missions, Mendoza pitched a scoreless ninth where he allowed just one hit and struck out three.
Baseball term of the day: Dust the jewel – For the umpire to clean off home plate.
(term from The Dickson Baseball Dictionary)