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All-‘Riders Team: Starting Pitcher #3

2012 marks the RoughRiders’ 10th season as a franchise, all as the Rangers’ Double-A affiliate. Since 2003, there have been hundreds of talented players come through Dr Pepper Ballpark, but some have stood out more than others.  With the help of Michael Damman, the RoughRiders’ Director of Statistical Research, we’ve come up with the All-’Riders Team: the best player at each position in franchise history.  Today we continue with the RoughRiders all-time best starting pitcher #3.


Taken by the Texas Rangers with the 17th overall pick in the 2007 draft out of Irving High School, Blake Beavan made his full season debut in 2008 with the Clinton Lumberkings in low-A. Beavan went 10-6 with a 2.37 ERA in 23 starts and walked just 20 batters in 121.2 innings to earn a promotion to high-A Bakersfield in 2009.

After going 5-4 with a 4.30 ERA in 12 starts in the hitter friendly California League, Beavan was promoted to Frisco in mid-June. After a rocky start, Beavan finished strong in Frisco with a 3-2 record and a 2.78 ERA over his last nine starts. The right hander started 2010 very strong by going 10-5 with a 2.78 ERA in 17 starts for the RoughRiders en route to being named a Texas League All-Star both at the midway point and a postseason All-Star, as well as earning the Texas League Pitcher of the Year award. He was traded by the Rangers, however, on July 9 to the Seattle Mariners along with Justin Smoak, Matt Lawson, and Josh Lueke for Cliff Lee, Mark Lowe, and cash.

Beavan spent three starts with Double-A West Tennessee before being promoted to Triple-A Tacoma where he went 2-2 with a 6.47 ERA over seven starts.  He began the 2011 season with Tacoma and went 5-3 with a 4.45 ERA over 16 starts. On July 3 of that season, he made his Major League debut against the San Diego Padres. In seven innings, Blake gave up just three hits, an earned run, and struck out four batters. In 15 total starts for the Mariners, the six foot seven pitcher went 5-6 with a 4.27 ERA and posted a 1.25 WHIP. In 22 starts this season for the Mariners, he has gone 9-9 with a 5.01 ERA and 1.27 WHIP. Of the pitchers with at least 200 innings pitched since 2011, no pitcher has a lower walk rate than Blake Beavan’s 1.37 walks per nine innings.

 

Next Up: Starting Pitcher #4

All-‘Riders Team: Starting Pitcher #2

2012 marks the RoughRiders’ 10th season as a franchise, all as the Rangers’ Double-A affiliate. Since 2003, there have been hundreds of talented players come through Dr Pepper Ballpark, but some have stood out more than others.  With the help of Michael Damman, the RoughRiders’ Director of Statistical Research, we’ve come up with the All-’Riders Team: the best player at each position in franchise history.  Today we continue with the RoughRiders all-time best starting pitcher #2.

Selected in the first round (#30 overall) of the 2004 draft by the Texas Rangers, Eric Hurley spent his first full year pitching for the Clinton Lumberkings in 2005. As a 19 year old, Hurley went 12-6 with a 3.77 ERA and struck out 152 batters in 155.1 innings for Clinton. The right hander began his 2006 season pitching for the Bakersfield Blaze and went 5-6 with a 4.11 ERA in 18 starts in the hitters league known as the California League. He made his Frisco RoughRiders debut on July 24, 2006 and gave up five hits and two runs over six innings. Over his six starts for Frisco in 2006, the Sikeston, Missouri native went 3-1 with a 1.95 ERA. Opponents hit just .168 against him for the RoughRiders.

Rated the #68 prospect by Baseball America prior to the 2007 season, Hurley returned to Frisco for the 2007 season and was again dominant. In 15 appearances (14 starts), he went 7-2 with a 3.25 ERA. Just 71 hits were allowed over 88.2 innings and 76 batters struck out against him. He reached Triple-A Oklahoma City for the second half. After beginning 2008 in Oklahoma City, Eric Hurley made his Major League Baseball debut on June 12 when he was promoted to the Texas Rangers. Hurley gave up six hits and four runs over six innings against the Kansas City Royals. Over five starts with the Rangers, the right hander went 1-2 with a 5.47 ERA.

After making his debut, Hurley missed the entire 2009 and 2010 seasons after undergoing torn rotator cuff surgery. He returned in 2011 to go 8-3 with a 5.55 ERA over 16 starts with Triple-A Round Rock before becoming a free agent. Hurley has spent the 2012 season with the Triple-A affiliates of the Minnesota Twins (Rochester Red Wings) and Los Angeles Angels (Salt Lake Bees).

During his time with Frisco, Hurley compiled an 11-3 record with a 2.71 ERA over 22 appearances (21 starts).

Next Up: Starting Pitcher #3

All-‘Riders Team: Starting Pitcher #1

2012 marks the RoughRiders’ 10th season as a franchise, all as the Rangers’ Double-A affiliate. Since 2003, there have been hundreds of talented players come through Dr Pepper Ballpark, but some have stood out more than others.  With the help of Michael Damman, the RoughRiders’ Director of Statistical Research, we’ve come up with the All-’Riders Team: the best player at each position in franchise history.  Today we continue with the RoughRiders all-time best starting pitcher #1.


Originally signed by the Texas Rangers as an International Free Agent in 2001 out of the Dominican Republic, Edinson Volquez made his full season debut in 2004 with the Hickory Crawdads by going 4-4 with a 4.21 ERA in 21 starts. He reached High-A Bakersfield later that season and went 4-1 with a 2.95 ERA in eight starts. After making eleven starts with Bakersfield in 2005, the right handed pitcher was promoted to Frisco for the first time where he went 1-5 with a 4.14 ERA in ten starts. Volquez gave up 58 hits in 58.2 innings and struck out 49 batters.

In Frisco, he became a part of what was then dubbed the DVD trio, which represented John Danks, Volquez, and Thomas Diamond. All three reached Frisco at 22 years old or younger and all three were heralded as future front of the rotation starters.

Volquez was promoted late in the 2005 season to the major leagues and made his big league debut on August 30. In six games (three starts), he went 0-4 with a 14.21 ERA.

In 2006, Edinson began the season pitching for the Triple-A Oklahoma City Redhawks and went 6-6 with a 3.21 ERA in 21 starts. He gave up just 86 hits in 120.2 innings and struck out 130 batters. Promoted back up to the Rangers in early August, Volquez went 1-6 with a 7.29 ERA in eight starts.

In 2007, the Rangers essentially had Edinson Volquez “start over” to get his command issues straightened out and sent him down to high-A Bakersfield. Volquez spent the season working his way from Bakersfield (seven starts) onward up through Frisco (eleven starts), Oklahoma City (eight starts), and finally on to Texas (six starts). Along the way Volquez went 14-6 with a 3.67 ERA in 26 starts in the minor leagues and went 2-1 with a 4.50 ERA in six starts in the Major Leagues.

During the offseason, Edinson Volquez was dealt along with Danny Herrera to the Cincinnati Reds in return for Josh Hamilton in what is probably one of the most important trades in Texas Rangers history.

Since leaving Texas, Edinson Volquez has gone 37-25 with a 4.01 ERA over 95 starts. He has struck out 546 batters in 550.1 innings and posted a 1.40 WHIP. He was an All-Star in 2008 and finished 4th in the Rookie of the Year balloting in 2008, despite not even being rookie eligible.

This past offseason, Edinson Volquez was moved with first baseman Yonder Alonso, catcher Yasmani Grandal, and reliever Brad Boxberger to the San Diego Padres in a deal that sent Mat Latos to the Cincinnati Reds.

Next Up: Starting Pitcher #2

All-‘Riders Team: Designated Hitter

2012 marks the RoughRiders’ 10th season as a franchise, all as the Rangers’ Double-A affiliate. Since 2003, there have been hundreds of talented players come through Dr Pepper Ballpark, but some have stood out more than others.  With the help of Michael Damman, the RoughRiders’ Director of Statistical Research, we’ve come up with the All-’Riders Team: the best player at each position in franchise history.  Today we continue with the RoughRiders all-time best designated hitter.


Drafted in the tenth round out of Gonzaga University in the 2002 draft by the Texas Rangers, Nate Gold put up some big numbers in the minor leagues throughout his professional career. After spending the 2003 season in Low-A Clinton, Gold hit .242 with 20 home runs in 2004 for High-A Stockton. Gold repeated High-A in 2005 and hit .272 and 21 home runs for the Bakersfield Blaze. He made his Double-A debut at the end of the season, playing in 23 games for Frisco. However, his big season was still on the horizon.

In his first full year with the Frisco RoughRiders in 2006, Nate Gold hit a franchise best 34 home runs and drove in 103 runs in 120 games. He hit .292 with a career best .958 OPS. On July 13, the Bountiful, Utah native went 4 for 6 with three home runs and six RBI. He also scored four runs in the game. It was one of three multi home run games during the season. Gold set a season best seven RBI on August 3 when he went 3 for 5 with two home runs.

After Frisco, Gold spent the next two seasons playing for the Oklahoma City Redhawks. After just 25 games in 2009, Gold was released by the Texas Rangers. He finished his professional career with 829 hits, 204 doubles, 148 home runs, and 607 RBI over eight seasons. He had five consecutive 20+ home runs seasons from 2004-2008. He drove in 100 or more runs twice and finished with 90+ RBI four times in total. He also hit 30+ doubles in three different seasons and finished with 50 or more extra base hits during six consecutive years from 2003-2008.

Next Up: Starting Pitcher #1

All-‘Riders Team: Right Field

2012 marks the RoughRiders’ 10th season as a franchise, all as the Rangers’ Double-A affiliate. Since 2003, there have been hundreds of talented players come through Dr Pepper Ballpark, but some have stood out more than others.  With the help of Michael Damman, the RoughRiders’ Director of Statistical Research, we’ve come up with the All-’Riders Team: the best player at each position in franchise history.  Today we continue with the RoughRiders all-time best right fielder

After being taken with the 19th overall pick of the 2005 draft out of Stanford, John Mayberry Jr. made his full season minor league debut in 2006 with the class-A Clinton Lumberkings. Mayberry hit .268 with 51 extra base hits and 77 RBI in 126 games. Mayberry moved up to the class-A advanced, Bakersfield Blaze, in 2007 where he hit .230 with 32 extra base hits in 63 games.

Mayberry was promoted then to Frisco, where he finished the season with a .241 average and 24 extra base hits in 69 games. In his first game with Frisco, Mayberry went 1 for 4 with a double and RBI. With Frisco, Mayberry batted .293 with runners in scoring position and .318 with runners in scoring position and 2 outs.

The 6 foot 6, 225 pound outfielder spent 21 games in Frisco to open up the 2008 season before being promoted to Triple-A Oklahoma City. He finished the minor league season by hitting a cumulative .264 with 38 doubles, 7 triples, and 20 home runs. Mayberry drove in 71 runs and scored 65.

Mayberry was traded during the offseason to the Philadelphia Phillies for outfielder Greg Golson. Mayberry spent the 2009 and 2010 seasons with the Phillies’ Triple-A club, the Lehigh Valley IronPigs.

On May 23, 2009, John made his major league debut with the Philadelphia Phillies. He went 2 for 3 with a double, home run, and 3 RBI in a 5-4 loss to the New York Yankees. Mayberry has been used mostly as a backup outfielder and platoon corner outfielder for the Philadelphia Phillies to date. For his major league career, Mayberry is a .294 career hitter with an .890 OPS against left handed pitching. Last season he had a career high 296 plate appearances. He hit .273 with 33 extra base hits and 49 RBI for the 102 win Philadelphia Phillies.

Next Up: Designated Hitter

All-‘Riders Team: Center Field

2012 marks the RoughRiders’ 10th season as a franchise, all as the Rangers’ Double-A affiliate. Since 2003, there have been hundreds of talented players come through Dr Pepper Ballpark, but some have stood out more than others.  With the help of Michael Damman, the RoughRiders’ Director of Statistical Research, we’ve come up with the All-’Riders Team: the best player at each position in franchise history.  Today we continue with the RoughRiders all-time best center fielder.

Taken in the 10th round of the 2006 amateur draft out of the University of Arkansas, Craig Gentry spent a full season in the minor leagues before joining the Frisco RoughRiders in 2008. Gentry spent the 2007 minor league season between low-A Clinton Lumberkings and high-A Bakersfield Blaze. Gentry hit .273 with a .705 OPS during the 2007 season with 31 doubles, 1 triple, and 4 home runs. He stole 42 bases in 52 attempts.

Gentry joined the ‘Riders in 2008 as part of perhaps the most talented Frisco RoughRider team. Gentry played in 76 games for Frisco that season and hit .276 with a .705 OPS. He hit 17 doubles, 4 home runs, and stole 16 bases in 24 attempts before getting the promotion to Triple-A Oklahoma City, where he hit .203 in 18 games.

Gentry re-joined Frisco in 2009 and played in 127 games for the ‘Riders. Gentry showed improved power with 8 home runs and hit .303 for the season with an impressive 49 steals in 55 attempts. He walked 49 times, which was nearly double the total he walked the previous season. Gentry’s .378 on base percentage and .796 OPS for Frisco were both minor league career highs at that point.

Craig Gentry ranks among the top ‘Riders of all-time in hits (5th), doubles (10th), triples (7th), and stolen bases (1st). Over his time with Frisco, Gentry hit .293 with 238 hits, 38 doubles, 7 triples, 12 home runs, 143 runs, 65 steals, and 66 walks to 119 strikeouts. He was a valuable contributor, as a top of the order hitter and a player who could play all three outfield spots, on Frisco’s 84 win team in 2008 and 72 win team in 2009.

Since leaving Frisco in 2009, Craig has had 424 plate appearances in Triple-A, but more importantly, has had 245 plate appearances for the Texas Rangers in the major leagues. Gentry’s batting line over that time is .235/.314/.320/.634, but he has a .695 OPS over the last two seasons with 21 steals in 22 attempts.

 

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All-‘Riders Team: Left Field

2012 marks the RoughRiders’ 10th season as a franchise, all as the Rangers’ Double-A affiliate. Since 2003, there have been hundreds of talented players come through Dr Pepper Ballpark, but some have stood out more than others.  With the help of Michael Damman, the RoughRiders’ Director of Statistical Research, we’ve come up with the All-’Riders Team: the best player at each position in franchise history.  Today we continue with the RoughRiders all-time best left fielder.

Michael Damman’s Take:

Drafted in the 14th round of the 2005 draft out of Kansas State University, Steve Murphy hit .283 with 38 doubles, 5 triples, and 19 homeruns in his first full season of minor league baseball in High-A in 2006. He reached Double-A with the Frisco RoughRiders the following season.

Dubbed as “Mr. Frisco” by the press box of the RoughRiders, Steve Murphy played two full seasons (2007-08) and one half season (2009) with the ‘Riders. Murphy was a starter and key contributor on two of Frisco’s best teams in 2007 and 2008. His best minor league season came in 2008 when he posted career bests in runs (84), triples (9), homeruns (20), RBI (87), steals (15), and walks (36). Steve finished up his two and a half year tenure with Frisco as the ‘Riders all-time leader in career hits (319), homeruns (41), RBI (194), and runs (194). Renny Osuna topped his career hit total last season, but Murphy remains Frisco’s all-time leader in homeruns, RBI, and runs.

Murphy made it as far as Triple-A in 2009 for the Oklahoma City Redhawks, but retired after the season.

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All-‘Riders Team: Shortstop

2012 marks the RoughRiders’ 10th season as a franchise, all as the Rangers’ Double-A affiliate. Since 2003, there have been hundreds of talented players come through Dr Pepper Ballpark, but some have stood out more than others.  With the help of Michael Damman, the RoughRiders’ Director of Statistical Research, we’ve come up with the All-’Riders Team: the best player at each position in franchise history.  Today we continue with the RoughRiders all-time best shortstop.

Michael Damman’s Take:

Signed out of Venezuela by the Atlanta Braves and acquired by the Texas Rangers in the Mark Teixeira blockbuster trade on July 31, 2007, Elvis Andrus spent the 2008 season with the Frisco RoughRiders. It was his first and only full season in the Ranger’s minor league system.

As a 19 year old shortstop in Double-A, Andrus impressed immediately as he displayed excellent speed and outstanding defense at a crucial “up the middle” position. Andrus struggled the first couple months in Double-A, but was able to adjust and batted .313 with a .364 on base percentage after the Texas League All-Star game. Andrus used his plus-plus speed to steal a franchise best 54 steals for the ‘Riders. After committing 17 errors in the first two months, Andrus made 15 errors over the final three plus months.

Andrus made the jump from Double-A to the major leagues in 2009 and started 140 games at shortstop for the Texas Rangers. As a rookie, Andrus batted .267 with a .702 OPS and stole 33 bases in 39 attempts. He finished second in the Rookie of the Year award behind reliever Andrew Bailey of the Oakland Athletics. Andrus batted .265 in 2010 with a .643 OPS and stole 32 bases in 47 attempts. He drew 64 walks at the plate and led the league in sacrifice hits with 17. He was selected to his first All-Star game and set a career best in fielding percentage with a .978 fielding%. Andrus helped the Rangers to their first World Series appearance in franchise history. He batted .294 overall in the postseason for the Rangers. Andrus had 6 multi hit games throughout the 2010 postseason. In 2011, Andrus set career bests in batting average (.279), extra base hits (35), total bases (212), steals (37), RBI (60), runs (96), and OPS (.708). He batted .275 with a .364 on base percentage in the second half and walked more (35) than he struck out (29).

Up Next: Left Field

All-‘Riders Team: Third Base

2012 marks the RoughRiders’ 10th season as a franchise, all as the Rangers’ Double-A affiliate. Since 2003, there have been hundreds of talented players come through Dr Pepper Ballpark, but some have stood out more than others.  With the help of Michael Damman, the RoughRiders’ Director of Statistical Research, we’ve come up with the All-’Riders Team: the best player at each position in franchise history.  Today we continue with the RoughRiders all-time best third baseman.

Michael Damman’s Take:

The only current RoughRider position player to make it, Tommy Mendonca enjoyed a breakout season with Frisco in 2011. Mendonca batted .278 with 27 doubles, 3 triples, 25 homeruns, and drove in 87 runs while scoring 75. Mendonca got off to a great start as he hit .345 with 6 homeruns and a .990 OPS in April and was hitting .335 with 19 doubles, 15 homeruns, 59 RBI, and a .983 OPS in the first half of the season. However, during the all-star break, Mendonca learned that his friend was involved in a fatal car crash. Between those emotions and possibly  of it being the hottest summer in Dallas history, his numbers came crashing down to earth in the second half when he batted just .214 with 18 extra base hits (10 homeruns) and a .635 OPS in the second half. Mendonca’s 25 homeruns are still the 4th most hit by a RoughRider in a single season and his 87 runs batted in are the 5th most by a RoughRider, 2 behind teammate Mike Bianucci. At one point in the season, it seemed as though Mendonca would never be stopped on the road as the third baseman rode a 41 game road on base streak throughout much of the first half of the season and he finished with a .304 average and .849 OPS on the road. Perhaps his most memorable game came at home, however, when Tommy blasted 3 homeruns and drove in 6 runs in a 19-4 Riders victory over the Corpus Christi Hooks on July 22nd. Mendonca finished with a 2011 team high 13 total bases in the game. One of the most fascinating and intriguing aspects of Mendonca’s game is his ability to go to the opposite field and not only go there, but drive the ball with power. Of his 25 homeruns, 16 of them were hit to left field or centerfield. With power and a strong arm at third base, the former second round pick Tommy Mendonca has the potential to reach the big leagues within the next couple of years.

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All-‘Riders Team: Second Base

2012 marks the RoughRiders’ 10th season as a franchise, all as the Rangers’ Double-A affiliate. Since 2003, there have been hundreds of talented players come through Dr Pepper Ballpark, but some have stood out more than others.  With the help of Michael Damman, the RoughRiders’ Director of Statistical Research, we’ve come up with the All-’Riders Team: the best player at each position in franchise history.  Today we continue with the RoughRiders’ all-time best second baseman.

Michael Damman’s Take:

One of the integral parts of Frisco’s 2007 Texas League-best 85 win team, German Duran had a superb season as the RoughRiders’ starting second baseman. Duran paced the team with a .300 average, 22 home runs, 84 runs driven in, 144 hits, 81 runs, and a .525 Slugging %. Only Brandon Boggs had a higher OPS than Duran’s .877 on the 2007 ‘Riders with at least 300 plate appearances.  Duran was also one of only four qualified players in the Texas League that season to hit .300 or better. He got off to a solid start in April that season and never let up until August. From May through July, Duran had three consecutive months with a .900 or better OPS. At the Texas League all-star break, Duran was batting .328 with a .960 OPS. Furthermore, few players have been as clutch as Duran, as the second baseman hit .347 with runners on and .366 with runners in scoring position.

The ultimate run producer, he had four different streaks of games where he drove in a run in 4 consecutive games, including a season-high of six straight from June 16th to June 23rd. Left-handed pitchers beaware, Duran faced southpaws 155 times in 2007 and he had 21 extra base hits, including 11 home runs. Duran’s 144 hits in 2007 were the 5th most in a single season by a RoughRider. German reached the major leagues in 2008 with the Rangers and hit just .231 with a .275 on base percentage and a .350 slugging percentage in 158 plate appearances. Since then, Duran has played in just 144 games over the last 3 seasons, including just 16 plate appearances in the Mexican League this season for the Leones de Yucaton.

My Take:

When Duran was having his terrific 2007 season, I was broadcasting for the Gateway Grizzlies of the Frontier League in Sauget, IL.  Needless to say, I never had the pleasure of watching him here at Dr Pepper Ballpark.  I’m sure lots of people probably think of Ian Kinsler as the club’s best second baseman, but in reality, he played all 71 of his games in Frisco as a shortstop.

I remember seeing Duran play in 2010 as a member of the Corpus Christi Hooks.  Although he played primarily at second base for the Hooks, he also spent time as third and short.  Overall he hit .284 in 64 games with four home runs and 28 RBIs.  Maybe most memorable for me about Duran in Corpus was the way the Hooks’ public address announcer used to pronounce his came, “Her-maaahn Dooo-raaahn.”

-AG

You can read more from Michael Damman on his Rangers’ minor league blog, Chatter From the Pressbox.  You can also follow him on twitter @pressboxchatter.

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