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Best starts of the season for Riders pitchers

Ariel Jurado‘s first start at Dr Pepper Ballpark two nights ago was nothing short of spectacular.

He finally allowed a run on two hits in the sixth inning after beginning the evening by hurling five scoreless frames. After giving up a one-out double to Nelson Ward in the first, Jurado retired the next 14 batters he faced.

He struck out the side in the first inning and finished with a total of six. Additionally, he picked up six groundouts, three flyouts, and two popouts.

Jurado’s outing was surely one of the best five starts of the season for the RoughRiders. Let’s take a look back at four other impressive starts we have seen this year (not including Major League rehabilitation starts):

Richelson Pena (April 11 at Arkansas)

In his second appearance and first start with the Riders, Pena pitched a gem at Dickey-Stephens Park. The righty retired the first 17 batters he faced before issuing a two-out walk to Angel Rosa in the bottom of the sixth.

After the walk, Pena exited the game with the no-hitter still in tact. Arkansas finally got a hit in the bottom of the seventh on a two-out double by Andrew Daniel off reliever Reed Garrett.

Garrett preserved Frisco’s 1-0 lead through the bottom of the eighth, and Matt Bush worked around a pair of two-out walks in the ninth to cap off the one-hit gem by the Riders’ pitching staff.

Victor Payano (May 3 at San Antonio)

Payano’s start at Wolff Stadium on May 3 not only set a career-high for him in strikeouts for single game, but it was also the most batters fanned by a Riders pitcher this season. It is a mark that will be very hard to top.

The southpaw fanned 13 batters without issuing a walk in six shutout innings. He gave up just four hits, and the Riders won the game 3-0.

Connor Sadzeck (May 6 at San Antonio)

Three days after Payano’s gem to open the series, Sadzeck closed the series against the Missions with another dominant start for the RoughRiders.

The righty improved his record to 4-0 on the season, allowing just one run on two hits in seven innings. Unfortunately, his nine strikeouts paled in comparison to Payano’s 13 a few days earlier. Still, not too shabby.

Yohander Mendez (July 18 vs. San Antonio)

One of the most amazing things about this list is that four of the five best Riders starts of the season came against San Antonio. The Riders continued to assert their dominance over the Missions in Mendez’s start against the Missions a few weeks ago. Mendez retired the first 14 batters he faced (including striking out the side in the third) before finally giving up a two-out single to Luis Tejada in the top of the fifth.

However, Mendez gave up a two-run triple to Jose Rondon in the sixth. Rondon scored as well on the play, thanks to a throwing error, and the Missions took a 3-2 lead.

It was the first loss for Mendez with the Riders, despite the incredible start. He struck out seven and did not issue a walk, while giving up just three hits.

– Steve

Baseball term of the day: neutral win/loss – An estimate of a pitcher’s won-lost record if that pitcher were given league-average run support.

(term from The Dickson Baseball Dictionary)

Saddle Up: Riders at Midland (7/27)

GAME #102 (2nd HALF GAME #33)

Frisco RoughRiders (51-50 overall, 13-19 2nd half) at Midland RockHounds (54-48 overall, 21-11 2nd half)
Wednesday, July 27 – 6:30 p.m.
Security Bank Ballpark – Midland, TX

Watch: MiLB.TV (Midland feed)
Listen: Streaming online and on the TuneIn Radio app (Nathan Barnett)
Live stats: Click here
This series: Game 3 of 3 (RockHounds lead 2-0)
This season: Game 19 of 28 (Riders lead 10-8)


  1. Lewis Brinson – CF
  2. Andy Ibanez – DH
  3. Ryan Cordell – LF
  4. Ronald Guzman – 1B
  5. Luis Marte – SS
  6. Joe Jackson – RF
  7. Isiah Kiner-Falefa – 3B
  8. Kellin Deglan – C
  9. Alberto Triunfel – 2B

RHP Connor Sadzeck (9-3, 3.27 ERA)

RIDERS RECAP: Tuesday at Midland (L, 4-0 – 5 innings)

Box Score
Postgame Notes

PREGAME INTERVIEW: Hitting coach Jason Hart

Archived interview coming soon. Listen live on the Dr Pepper Pregame Show around 6:10 p.m.

SETTING THE STAGE (full game notes here)

Rain-shortened after just five innings, the RoughRiders were blanked 4-0 by the Midland RockHounds on Tuesday night…Frisco mustered just one hit off of Heath Fillmyer…After throwing three scoreless innings, FRANK LOPEZ allowed a pair of runs in both the fourth and fifth innings…Beau Taylor’s two-run home run capped the scoring…After the final out of the fifth inning was recorded, the game went into a rain delay, and after a 30 minute delay, the game was called…ISIAH KINER-FALEFA was 0-for-2 and lost his 24-game on-base streak.

With the loss last night, the RoughRiders are now eight games behind the Midland RockHounds for first place in the South Division second half standings. The deficit is tied for the largest the team has faced this half, having been behind Midland by eight games after losing July 13 at Corpus Christi. Frisco has 38 games left in the half, with 10 coming against Midland.

Granted it came in a five-inning game, but the RoughRiders mustered just one hit in last night’s contest. It was the fourth time this year Frisco has been limited to a single base hit, and the club’s been shut out in all four of those games. All four games, however, have been shorter than nine-inning affairs, with the other three games coming in seven-inning doubleheader games (4/18 vs. ARK, 5/13 at CC, and 6/1 at TUL). The Riders have been blanked 11 times this year, tied for the most in the Texas League with Northwest Arkansas.

Last night’s rain-shortened game was a rarity in RoughRiders history. Although the club has had 11 rain-affected games (four delays, six postponements, and one cancellation), last night was the first time that the club has had a rain-shortened game this season. In fact, it was the first rain-shortened game for Frisco since April 19, 2011 in a 1-0 loss at Arkansas in six innings.

Last night snapped a trend of one-run games, as the Riders lost by four. Prior to that, Frisco played five straight one-run games, often in come-from-behind games. Six of the last seven meetings with Midland has been by one run as well. The Riders have played in more one-run games (37) than six of the seven other teams in the Texas League (Corpus Christi is first with 38). The club has had success in those games as well, going 21-16, the third-best winning percentage in the league (Springfield is first, 15-8, .652 win percentage). Additionally, 48 of the 101 games played have seen the winner come back from a deficit at some point. Frisco is 28-20 in these games, and five of the last six games has the team that wins overcome a lead by the opponent.

Despite going 0-for-2 last night, LUIS MARTE continues to tear it up at the plate for the Riders. He went 10-for-19 last series and is 15-for-his-last-29 over the last week. Last night ended a seven-game hitting and six-game multi-hit streak with three homers, a double, and 10 RBI. During the hitting streak, Marte has raised his average 83 points from .191 to .274. Marte has more hits (15) than all but one player (Scott Schebler, Louisville) in all of Minor League Baseball over the past seven days.

The RoughRiders recently went through a shortage of power hitting, but appear to be on the way back up. The Riders hit 24 home runs in the past four series and hit 11 against Northwest Arkansas. Frisco has 25 homers in the last 18 games with homers in 12 of those 18, going just 1-4 when they don’t hit a home run during this stretch. After hitting just one in the previous 11, Frisco currently leads the Texas League with 26 July homers, two more than second place Corpus Christi (24). Since July 9, Frisco has 24 home runs, tied for the fourth-most in MiLB.

Though he struggled in his first few games back from the disabled list, Riders utility man ISIAH KINER-FALEFA is back in the groove of where he was before landing on the DL in late May. Prior to going 0-for-2 last night, he had reached base in 24 straight games, a season-long and the longest active streak in the league. He had hits in 19 of those games and reached safely in 40 of his 101 plate appearances, a .396 OBP in that span (25 hits, 11 walks, four HBP). Kiner-Falefa has an on-base percentage of .362 this season, which ranks is first on the team.

The RoughRiders face Corey Walter for the third time this year today, last facing him June 20 (5.0 IP, 2H, 0R, 1BB, 1SO). Walter moved into the rotation when Daniel Mengden was promoted to Triple-A…Drafted in the 28th Round of the 2014 Draft out of West Virginia University, Walter starred in baseball at Wheeling (WV) Park High, where he was all-state first team as a senior in 2010, going 11-4 with nine complete games and an ERA of just 1.76…Following his first season, Walter was named “Most Improved Pitcher” during Instructional League…The righty throws a two-seam sinker, a slider, and a developing changeup, getting an inordinate amount of groundballs (2.69 GO/AO).

Saddle Up: Riders at Corpus Christi (5/12/16)

GAME #32
Frisco RoughRiders (23-8) at Corpus Christi Hooks (16-15)
Thursday, May 12 – 7:05 p.m.
Whataburger Field – Corpus Christi, TX

Watch: MiLB.TV (Corpus Christi feed)
Listen: Streaming online and on the TuneIn Radio app (Nathan Barnett and Steve Goldberg)
Live stats: Click here
This series: Game 1 of 5
This season: Game 8 of 32 (Riders lead, 4-3)


RHP Connor Sadzeck recorded a career-high nine strikeouts in his last start.


  1. Isiah Kiner-Falefa – 3B
  2. Ryan Cordell – RF
  3. Lewis Brinson – CF
  4. Ronald Guzman – 1B
  5. Alex Burg – C
  6. Joe Jackson – DH
  7. Garrett Weber – 2B
  8. Zach Cone – LF
  9. Alberto Triunfel – SS

RHP Connor Sadzeck (4-0, 2.60 ERA)

RIDERS RECAP: Tuesday vs. Midland (L, 5-3)

Box Score
Postgame Notes

PREGAME INTERVIEW: Outfielder Lewis Brinson

SETTING THE STAGE (full game notes here)


The RoughRiders dropped the series and homestand finale with the Midland RockHounds 5-3 at Dr Pepper Ballpark, splitting the series two games a side…The Riders trailed the entire contest, as Midland scored three runs off of FRANK LOPEZ in the third and never gave up their lead…Yairo Munoz added his third home run in two days, and RYON HEALYadded a fifth run in the seventh…Frisco scored a pair of unearned runs in the fifth and plated one in the ninth inning, but the rally fell short…MATT BUSH tossed one inning of scoreless ball, and REED GARRETT limited the Hounds to two runs over the final four frames.


Entering the day at 23-8 (.742), the Riders have the best winning percentage among all 120 full-season affiliates in Minor League Baseball.


The 23-8 record marks the best 31-game start in team history, besting the 2008 squad that started 22-9. The 2008 RoughRiders, finished with an 84-56 record and lost to Arkansas in the Texas League championship series.


RYAN CORDELL has been off to a great start in 2016, including a Texas League Player of the Week and Player of the Month honor. Although his 17-game hitting streak came to an end after going 0-for-3 last Monday, he continued his on-base streak to an MiLB-leading 30 games by reaching twice Tuesday night. Dating back to the final three games of 2015, he has reached base in 33 straight contests.


RONALD “CONDOR” GUZMAN is tearing it up as of late. His third-longest on-base streak in the Texas League came to an end at 17 games Tuesday. He had hits in 15 of those 17 games, and RBI in ten. In that span, he hit .381 with six doubles, three home runs, and 13 RBI.


After striking out 180 hitters in the first 23 games (7.8 SO/9 IP), Riders pitching has amassed 81 punchouts in the last eight games (10.1 per game). In addition, three starters have set career-highs in single-game strikeouts recently (VICTOR PAYANO, 13; SAM WOLFF, 10; CONNOR SADZECK, 9).


Despite leading the Texas League in run differential (+51), Frisco has played in 10 one-run contests, winning seven, over the last 15 games. The Riders have a 8-4 record in games decided by one run this year and are 3-1 in games decided by two runs.


Reliever RYNE SLACK is in the midst of an impressive stretch, not having allowed a hit in his last 11 2/3 innings of work. He still has yet to permit a run in 14 1/3 innings of relief work this season, and his .049 opposing average is the best in the Texas League.


Through the first nine series of the season, the Riders have an 8-1 record in series openers. Their only blemish was Saturday’s 4-3 loss to Midland to open the four-game set. The Riders have won six of their first nine series, including two sweeps of Northwest Arkansas and San Antonio.


Right-handed pitcher JOSE LECLERC has made a marked improvement since transitioning from the starting rotation to the bullpen. Leclerc had an ERA of 7.88 in two starts, but has allowed just one earned run in 11.0 innings of relief, good for a 0.82 ERA. Among active relievers, only RYNE SLACK has a better ERA (0.00).


RoughRiders utility man ISIAH KINER-FALEFA has found a new skillset, and it comes from behind the plate. The 21-year-old is catching for the first time in his career this season, having made five starts behind the plate. The new position has worked incredibly well for Kiner-Falefa, who has caught the last three baserunners who have run on his watch, including Midland’s Matt Chapman Saturday night. He also has yet to have a passed ball.


Right-hander Cy Sneed, named after the great Cy Young, came to the Astros from the Brewers organization during the offseason in a trade for Jonathan Villlar. Sneed was a third-round draft pick of the Brewers in 2014 out of Dallas Baptist University. His arsenal includes a fastball in the low-mid 90s, a changeup, curveball and splitter…Cy’s older brother Zeb preceded him to pro ball as the Royals’ 11th-round pick in 2011.

Sadzeck starting strong in 2016

For Connor Sadzeck, the road to Frisco and a spot on the Rangers 40-man roster was a unique one.

The Crystal Lake, Illinois native was selected by Texas in the 11th round of the 2011 MLB Draft after his freshman year at Howard College in Big Spring, Texas, located 45 miles northeast of Midland. After a year with short-season Single-A Spokane, Sadzeck shined in his first full season with Single-A Hickory.

Sadzeck won 12 games for Class A Hickory in 2013. (Photo by Tracy Proffitt - Hickory Crawdads)

Sadzeck won 12 games for Class A Hickory in 2013. (Photo by Tracy Proffitt – Hickory Crawdads)

The righty went 12-4 for the Crawdads and led the South Atlantic League with a 2.25 ERA. He was a candidate to start the 2014 season in either High-A Myrtle Beach or Frisco. However, things did not go according to that plan.

In the offseason, Sadzeck had “Tommy John” surgery and was unable to pitch in 2014. However, he came back even stronger than ever. His fastball was clocked as fast as 101 miles per hour, according to Baseball America.

On the road to recovery, Sadzeck and his newfound velocity made the journey out west the following year with High-A High Desert in the California League. Two years later and 3,000 miles away from his last stop in Hickory, he experienced many up and downs during 11 games and eight starts with the Mavericks.

“I was feeling it out and learning how to pitch again,” Sadzeck said. “I was throwing a lot harder than I had been, so I was just learning how to pitch with that newfound velocity.”

On the first day of August, Sadzeck received his promotion to the Riders. The highlight of his month with the Riders came on August 20 at Tulsa. Sadzeck pitched six no-hit innings against the Drillers in his only win of the season with Frisco. He threw 88 pitches in the outing before he was relieved, which was his highest pitch count since returning from the surgery.

“Last year, I felt pretty good coming back,” Sadzeck said. “I felt strong last year. I think I had a little stint two starts into the season where the shoulder flared up a little bit, which was normal. But I felt pretty strong throughout the year.”

During the offseason, while pitching with the Surprise Saguaros of the Arizona Fall League, Sadzeck received a call from the Texas Rangers sharing the news that he had been added to the 40-man roster.

“Our pitching coordinator gave me a call in the morning and let me know I was going to be added,” Sadzeck said. “But the toughest part was I couldn’t say anything until it was officially released. It didn’t feel real because I couldn’t share it with anyone for about five hours until it was released. But it was awesome and a great day.”

When the news of Sadzeck’s addition was finally released, the first people he called were his parents. The tight-lipped pitcher had managed to not say a word to anyone, even his mother and father, until it was official.

“I didn’t want to jeopardize anything, so I did not let them know right away,” Sadzeck said. “I know they would be excited and probably tell some people. So I didn’t share it. But I called them first after it was announced, and they were obviously ecstatic.”

Sadzeck was joined on the 40-man roster by many former Riders as well as current pitcher Jose Leclerc. This year, in his second season at the Double-A level, Sadzeck has been focusing on making several adjustments to help improve his skills on the mound.

“So far this year, I have been kind of dialing it back and learning how to stay within my mechanics,” Sadzeck said. “It has been helping me keep the ball in the zone. I am very excited about this year and seeing how I can bounce back a little better down the stretch this year.”

Sadzeck earned a spot on the Rangers 40-man roster and is one of 17 Riders returning from last season

Sadzeck earned a spot on the Rangers 40-man roster and is one of 17 Riders returning from last season.

If his first start was any indication, Sadzeck may be in for another milestone campaign like the one he had three years ago with Hickory. On April 8, Frisco’s second game of the season on the road against Northwest Arkansas, Sadzeck hurled six scoreless innings and only allowed two hits in a win.

Despite only striking out three batters, Sadzeck was extremely efficient on the mound in the start. He only needed 64 pitches to get through his six innings of work, and he also induced a pair of ground-ball double plays.

“I felt like I was just pitching to contact, throwing my fastball over the plate,” Sadzeck said. “The velocity was good and my breaking pitches were effective as well.”

He followed up the impressive first start with another win the following week in the RoughRiders’ second home game at Dr Pepper Ballpark. Sadzeck held the same Naturals to just one run and struck out five batters in his second straight victory.

Sadzeck is currently ranked the No. 27 prospect in the Rangers organization, according to MLB Pipeline. He is one of six players on the RoughRiders roster listed in either MLB Pipeline or Baseball America’s list of the Top 30 Rangers prospects. Although the expectations are even higher this year, Sadzeck believes he is prepared to succeed with the Riders this season.

“I think last year I just put a lot of pressure on myself because I was coming off ‘Tommy John’ surgery, and knew I had the possibility of being added to the 40-man roster,” Sadzeck said. “I added that stress to myself. But this year I can kind of rest easier, knowing that I’m healthy, and I can be a little more relaxed.”

Sadzeck is one of the 17 players returning to the Riders this season, including four of the five pitchers in the starting rotation. This year’s Frisco team begins with a whole lot of veteran experience, as the group continues their quest for a first-half division title, a berth in the Texas League playoffs, and their first league championship since 2004.

Sadzeck (2-0, 0.82 ERA) is scheduled to make his third start of the season tonight at 7:05 against Corpus Christi. Listen online or through the TuneIn Radio app (Nathan Barnett and Ryan Rouillard).

– Steve

Baseball term of the day: ancient mariner – A poor infielder.

The beginning of Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s poem, “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” (1798): “Like the Ancient Mariner, he stoppeth one of three. / By the long gray beard and glittering eye, / Now wherefore stopp’st thou me?”

The Mariner detained one of three young men going to a wedding feast and mesmerized him with the story of his youthful experiences at sea.

Bob Edwards (Fridays with Red, 1993, p.45) mentioned a letter from John Bunzel, who attributed the term to Red Barber: “One afternoon he described a game in which the shortstop kicked away two ground balls before making a good play on the third–at which Red declared, ‘Like the Ancient Mariner, he stoppeth one of three!”

(term from The Dickson Baseball Dictionary)

Pitching an Early Key to Riders Success


Frank Lopez got the season off to a good start in Thursday night’s win at Northwest Arkansas

As we enter day three of the young season, only one Texas League team sits at 2-0 and it’s the RoughRiders, after knocking off Northwest Arkansas, 6-3, last night. Furthermore, Frisco pitching is 2nd in the Texas League in team ERA (1.50), this from a team that was dead last in team ERA a year ago (4.70). Sure, there are still 138 games to go, but if these first two games are any indication of what’s ahead, it could be a fun summer in Frisco.

Specifically, the starters have been giving the RoughRiders a big boost. Thursday, Frank Lopez worked six scoreless innings, allowing just three hits. Connor Sadzeck one-upped him last night, going six scoreless innings with just two hits. Sadzeck faced just one over the minimum and needed just 64 pitches to get through the 19 hitters he faced. It’s a promising start for a guy who had a 9.61 ERA in seven Double-A games last year, and only made it beyond the fourth inning once in those seven appearances.


Connor Sadzeck had plenty to smile about last night

Tonight, Sam Wolff makes his return to the mound after missing the entire 2015 regular season with an Achilles tendon injury. Prior to the injury, he had a strong first two years in the organization, and threw well in six starts in the Arizona Fall League this year. Hopefully, he’s able to return to the level he was at in 2013 and 2014. If so, it would be another big boost for the RoughRiders. Wolff and the Riders go for the sweep of Northwest Arkansas – and their second-ever 3-0 start to a season – tonight at 6:05 (listen online and on the TuneIn Radio app).

Again, this is just the third day of the season, so the early success doesn’t mean a whole lot yet, but if these results can be sustained over the course of the next five months, the RoughRiders may not just be in first place for these first couple days.

– Ryan

Baseball term of the day: Bush Shaker – A baseball scout.

(term from The Dickson Baseball Dictionary

Saddle Up: Riders at NW Arkansas (4/8/16)

Frisco RoughRiders (1-0, 1-0 1st half) at Northwest Arkansas Naturals (0-1, 0-1)
Friday, April 8 – 7:05 pm
Arvest Ballpark (Springdale, AR)
Audio: Listen online or through the TuneIn Radio app (Nathan Barnett and Steve Goldberg)
Watch: MiLB.TV (NW Arkansas feed)
This series: Game 2 of 3 (Riders lead, 1-0)
This season: Game 2 of 12 (Riders lead, 1-0)


Connor Sadzeck makes the start for Frisco tonight


  1. Isiah Kiner-Falefa – 3B
  2. Ryan Cordell – LF
  3. Lewis Brinson – CF
  4. Alex Burg – C
  5. Ronald Guzman – 1B
  6. Alberto Triunfel – 2B
  7. Preston Beck – RF
  8. Joe Jackson – DH
  9. Luis Marte – SS

RHP Connor Sadzeck (0-0, -.–)

RIDERS RECAP: Thursday at NW Arkansas (W, 2-0)

Box Score
Game Recap
RoughRiders Rundown

SETTING THE STAGE (full game notes here)

LAST TIME OUT: The RoughRiders shut out the Northwest Arkansas Naturals 2-0 on Opening Night, behind six innings of scoreless from FRANK LOPEZ and a trio of relievers. LEWIS BRINSON notched a pair of hits, while RYAN CORDELL picked up the lone extra-base hit, an RBI double in the third that put the Riders ahead for good. Northwest Arkansas had its chances with a lead-off double in the fifth and the bases loaded in the eighth but went 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position, leaving seven men on and hitting into a game-ending double-play. MATT BUSH picked up his first save of the year in his first outing since 2011, facing the minimum around a single from Zane Evans.

TOP OF THE CLASS: The RoughRiders enter the season with six players ranked in either Baseball America or’s Rangers Top 30 Prospects. LEWIS BRINSON, the No. 2 prospect in Rangers’ farm system according to and Baseball America, returns to Frisco. He appeared in 28 games for the Riders last season, hitting .291 with six home runs and 23 RBI before being promoted to Round Rock in August. Brinson is joined by five other players named in the lists—RYAN CORDELL (No. 15 in MLB, No. 11 in BA), RONALD GUZMAN (23, 29), JOSE LECLERC (25, 21),SAM WOLFF (26, NR), and CONNOR SADZECK (27, 26).

STREAKING START: Over the course of team history, the RoughRiders have had a fair amount of success following an Opening Day victory. Frisco has a 4-3 record in the second game of a season after winning the first, and they are 4-1 in these games since 2007. The best start to a season was when the Riders reeled off five straight wins on the road against Springfield and Arkansas to begin the 2008 campaign.

STAY IN THE YARD: Last night, Frisco and Northwest Arkansas played the only Texas League game that did not feature a home run. Bruce Caldwell (Springfield) and Mott Hyde (Corpus Christi) both hit solo home runs in their teams’ respective Opening Day victories. The Midland-Arkansas contest featured three home runs. Eric Aguilera (Arkansas) mashed two solo shots to give him an early league lead, and Jaycob Brugman (Midland) hit a three-run dinger with two outs in the first inning.

RANGER DANGER: Although the big league club lost 4-3 to the Angels on an Albert Pujols walk-off single, yesterday was a successful day for all the Rangers’ affiliates. Triple-A Round Rock jumped out to an early 7-1 lead over Iowa and cruised to a 7-3 win. Jared Hoying (Riders ‘12-13) hit a two-out grand slam in the third, and Chad Smith (Riders ’15) earned the win in relief. High-A High Desert doubled up Inland Empire 10-5 behind Travis Demeritte’s (No. 21 prospect, MLB Pipeline) two home runs, and Single-A Hickory topped Kannapolis 5-1.

MATT’S ALL, FOLKS: Last night, MATT BUSH made his debut in the Rangers’ organization and earned his first save since August 24, 2011 with Double-A Montgomery. Originally a shortstop, the San Diego native was selected No. 1 overall by his hometown Padres in the 2004 MLB Draft. Bush was converted to a pitcher prior to the 2007 season and later spent two years in the Tampa Bay Rays’ farm system.

KEEP THEM OFF THE BOARD: All of CONNOR SADZECK’s 16 career wins have come when allowing two earned runs or less. He has allowed two earned runs in a win on just one occasion, with Single-A Hickory on May 25, 2013 against Kannapolis. Sadzeck has allowed three or more runs 15 times in his career without a victory.

FRESH START FOR FRISCO: After finishing 2015 with a 60-79 overall record, the RoughRiders are looking to improve this season. Frisco went 29-41 in the first half and 31-38 in the second half last year. The Riders ended the season in third place, 28.5 games behind Corpus Christi, in the final Texas League South division standings.

FAMILIAR FACES IN FRISCO: The Riders’ initial roster features 18 players who appeared in Frisco last season. Dallas native PRESTON BECK is back home in the Metroplex once again after playing 93 games with the Riders last year. Despite the large number of returning players this year, only five were on the 2015 Opening Day roster.

SKIPPING INTO THE RECORD BOOKSJOE MIKULIK has returned for his second season with the RoughRiders. He is the eighth manager in RoughRiders history, and the fourth to return for a second consecutive year. The veteran skipper is in his 18th season as a Minor League manager and has 1,122 all-time wins. 938 of his victories were recorded with the Asheville Tourists of the South Atlantic League (Class A), setting both a team and league record.

Saddle Up: Riders at NW Arkansas (4/7/16)

Frisco RoughRiders (0-0) at Northwest Arkansas Naturals (0-0)
Thursday, April 7 – 6:25 pm
Arvest Ballpark (Springdale, AR)

AUDIO: Listen online or through the TuneIn Radio app (Nathan Barnett and Steve Goldberg)
WATCH: MiLB.TV (NW Arkansas feed)Photo Apr 05, 1 08 56 PM


  1. Isiah Kiner-Falefa – 3B
  2. Ryan Cordell – RF
  3. Lewis Brinson – CF
  4. Alex Burg – DH
  5. Ronald Guzman – 1B
  6. Zach Cone – LF
  7. Alberto Triunfel – 2B
  8. Kellin Deglan – C
  9. Luis Marte – SS

STARTING PITCHER: LHP Frank Lopez (0-0, 0.00)

GAME NOTES (full game notes here)

TOP OF THE CLASS: The RoughRiders enter the season with six players ranked in either Baseball America or’s Rangers Top 30 Prospects. LEWIS BRINSON, the No. 2 prospect in Rangers’ farm system according to and Baseball America, returns to Frisco. He appeared in 28 games for the Riders last season, hitting .291 with six home runs and 23 RBI before being promoted to Round Rock in August. Brinson is joined by five other players named in the lists—RYAN CORDELL (No. 15 in MLB, No. 11 in BA), RONALD GUZMAN (23, 29), JOSE LECLERC (25, 21), SAM WOLFF (26, NR), and CONNOR SADZECK (27, 26).

FRESH START FOR FRISCO: After finishing 2015 with a 60-79 overall record, the RoughRiders are looking to improve this season. Frisco went 29-41 in the first half and 31-38 in the second half last year. The Riders ended the season in third place, 28.5 games behind Corpus Christi, in the final Texas League South division standings.

OPENING DAY HISTORY: The RoughRiders are looking to improve their Opening Day record of 7-6 as the team embarks on their 14th season. They have a 3-5 clip when beginning play on the road, compared to a 4-1 advantage when starting a season at Dr Pepper Ballpark. The Riders have lost their last three Opening Day games, being outscored by a total of 18-5. Five of Frisco’s six Texas League playoff appearances have come in seasons when the Riders won on Opening Day.

RIDING TO THE MAJORS: The RoughRiders have a rich history of sending players from Double-A to the big leagues in a timely manner. Nine of the Riders’ 13 Opening Day starting pitchers have appeared in Major League Baseball. Thirty of the 92 position players from Frisco’s Opening Day starting lineups have also played in MLB. Eleven former Riders made Major League debuts last year, and three were in the Rangers’ starting lineup on Opening Day this year (Elvis Andrus, Mitch Moreland, and Rougned Odor).

FAMILIAR FACES IN FRISCO: The Riders’ initial roster features 17 players who appeared in Frisco last season. Dallas native PRESTON BECK is back home in the Metroplex once again after playing 93 games with the Riders last year. Despite the large number of returning players this year, only five were on the 2015 Opening Day roster. Nobody started last year’s opener on April 9 against Arkansas, but Cody Buckel and Luis Mendez both made appearances.

BRINGING BACK BUSHMATT BUSH is set to make his debut in the Rangers’ organization. Originally a shortstop, the San Diego native was selected No. 1 overall by his hometown Padres in the 2004 MLB Draft. Bush was converted to a pitcher prior to the 2007 season and later spent two years in the Tampa Bay Rays’ farm system. He last played for Double-A Montgomery in 2011. The right-hander dominated in a limited sample size in Spring Training “A” games and hitting 100 mph once on the ballpark radar gun.

SKIPPING INTO THE RECORD BOOKSJOE MIKULIK returns for his second season with the RoughRiders. He is the eighth manager in RoughRiders history and the fourth to return for a second consecutive year. The veteran skipper enters his 18th season as a Minor League manager and has 1,121 all-time wins. 938 of his victories were recorded with the Asheville Tourists of the South Atlantic League (Class A), setting both a team and league record.

THE FLYIN’ HAWAIIANISIAH KINER-FALEFA, one of the eight players who did not appear in Frisco last season, is the youngest member of the Riders’ initial roster (21). The Honolulu native had a .296/.356/.341 slash line in 98 games with Hickory and High Desert in 2015.

ON THE ROAD AGAIN: April 5, 2013 was the last time the Riders started a season on the road. It was also the only time Frisco has ever opened play in the state of Arkansas. The Riders were shut out 7-0 by the Arkansas Travelers in the first game of a doubleheader after Opening Night was rained out in North Little Rock.


It’s a RoughRiders World

This week, the initial RoughRiders roster for the 2016 season was announced. The 26 players on the roster come to Frisco from four nations and 12 different states in the U.S. Here is some addition information about the cities each of our players call home.


Simi Valley, California – Cody Buckel

  • Population: 126,871
  • Fun fact: Home of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library
  • Notable baseball player: Jered Weaver

San Diego, California – Matt Bush

  • Population: 1,381,069
  • Fun fact: Nicknamed “The Birthplace of California”
  • Notable baseball player: Ted Williams

Henrico, Virginia – Reed Garrett

  • Population: 321,924
  • County surrounding Richmond, VA
  • Fun fact: Home of Richmond International Raceway, home to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races twice a year
  • Notable baseball player: Jackie Bradley, Jr.

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic – Juan Grullon, Victor Payano, and Jose Valdespina

  • Population: 1,506,233
  • Capital and largest city in the Dominican Republic
  • Fun fact: Oldest continuously inhabited European settlement in the Americas (founded in 1496)
  • Notable baseball player: Albert Pujols

Esperanza, Dominican Republic – Jose Leclerc

  • Population: 70,588
  • Fun fact: One of three municipalities in the Valverde province
  • Notable baseball player: Hector Noesi

San Jose de Guanipa, Venezuela – Frank Lopez

  • Population: 76,914
  • Fun fact: Also known as El Tigrito
  • Notable baseball player: Odubel Herrera (RoughRiders ’13-14)

Easton, Maryland – Adam Parks

  • Population: 16,687
  • Fun fact: Location of the Third Haven Meeting House, the oldest Quaker meeting house
  • Notable baseball player: Harold Baines

Valverde Mao, Dominican RepublicRichelson Pena

  • Population: 106,818
  • Nicknamed “Ciudad de los Bellos Atardeceres” (City of the Beautiful Sunsets)
  • Fun fact: Holds the record for the highest temperature ever recorded in the Dominican Republic (109.4 degrees Fahrenheit, 43 degrees Celsius)
  • Notable baseball player: Pedro Borbon

Crystal Lake, Illinois – Connor Sadzeck

  • Population: 40,743
  • Fun fact: The tradition of giving gold coins to the Salvation Army anonymously began in 1982
  • Notable baseball player: Mike Myers

Ninety Six, South Carolina – Ryne Slack

  • Population: 1,998
  • Fun fact: Origin of the city’s name is a mystery
  • Notable baseball player: Bill Voiselle

Rapid City, South Dakota – Sam Wolff

  • Population: 67,956
  • Fun fact: Known as the “Gateway to the Black Hills” and the “City of Presidents”
  • Notable baseball player: Mark Ellis

Des Moines, Washington – Alex Burg

  • Population: 31,011
  • Fun fact: City was homesteaded by a group from Des Moines, Iowa
  • Notable baseball player: Brandon Mann

West Islip, New York – Pat Cantwell

  • Population: 28,335
  • Fun fact: Situated on the South Shore of Long Island, exactly halfway between Manhattan and Southampton, N.Y. (45 miles from each)
  • Notable baseball player: Nick Tropeano

Langley, British Columbia, Canada – Kellin Deglan

  • Population: 25,081
  • Fun fact: Langley represented Canada in 2011 Little League World Series
  • Notable baseball player: Brett Lawrie

La Vega, Dominican RepublicRonald Guzman

  • Population: 235,698
  • Fun fact: The city was moved to the bank of the Camu River after an earthquake in 1564
  • Notable baseball player: Jonathan Villar

Honolulu, Hawaii – Isiah Kiner-Falefa

  • Population: 390,738
  • Fun fact: Jackie Robinson played football with the Honolulu Bears, a semi-pro, racially integrated team in 1941. Robinson left Honolulu on December 5, two days before the World War II attack on Pearl Harbor.
  • Notable baseball player: Ron Darling

San Francisco de Macoris, Dominican RepublicLuis Marte

  • Population: 245,397
  • Fun fact: Capital of Duarte province
  • Notable baseball player: Hanser Alberto (RoughRiders ’13-14)

San Juan de los Morros, Venezuela – Luis Mendez

  • Population: 125,347
  • Fun fact: Capital of Guarico state
  • Notable baseball player: Franklin Morales

Licey Al Medio, Dominican RepublicAlberto Triunfel

  • Population: 69,321
  • Fun fact: Santiago’s Cibao International Airport is located here
  • Notable baseball player: Gabriel Arias

Dallas, Texas – Preston Beck

  • Population: 1,281,047
  • Fun fact: Dallas is the fourth most populous metropolitan area in the United States
  • Notable baseball player: Ernie Banks

Tamarac, Florida – Lewis Brinson

  • Population: 63,793
  • Fun fact: Motto is “The City for your Life!”
  • Notable baseball player: Matt Ford

Stone Mountain, Georgia – Zach Cone

  • Population: 5,802
  • Fun fact: Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech includes the line “let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia”
  • Notable baseball player: Brandon Phillips

Orangevale, California – Ryan Cordell

  • Population: 33,960
  • Fun fact: Known for its rolling hills that offer the best views of the Sierra Nevada mountain range and its foothills
  • Notable baseball player: Manny Parra

Simpsonville, South Carolina – Joe Jackson

  • Population: 19,056
  • Fun fact: Home of the 2008 Little League Softball Champions
  • Notable baseball player: Red Barbary

– Steve

Baseball term of the day: arm behind the barn – the undiscovered pitching phenom that early scouts were always in search of

(term from The Dickson Baseball Dictionary)

The 2013 (Nearly) Complete Twitter Guide…: Part Two – The Players

This post is a continuation of an earlier post compiling the essential Twitter handles to keep up with the Texas Rangers farm system and Texas League. You can find all entries here

A little over a week ago, I posted twitter handles for the teams in the Texas Rangers system and the Texas league, along with broadcasters and other key employees in the league and the Rangers’ farm. Today, I submit Part Two of “The 2013 (Nearly) Complete Twitter Guide to the Frisco RoughRiders, the Texas League and the Rangers Farm System,” or TNCTG. If you want to check Part One – go here.

Today: a list of the players. This is, to my knowledge, an exhaustive list of the Frisco RoughRiders in addition to as many twitter handles I could find of Texas Rangers at the MLB and MiLB levels. As always, comment below or tweet me (@NathanSBarnett) with additional follows. I will update this as I can as the season moves along. If you want to use a list to keep track of these players, the RoughRiders Twitter handle has a 2013 RoughRiders list and I have one compiling as many current Rangers MLB and MiLB players that I can find.


TNCTG PART TWO – The Players

(as of 05/17/13)

2013 Frisco RoughRiders

Current RoughRiders:

Hanser Alberto ‏ @elpotroalberto (#15 ranked prospect in Texas system by Baseball America)

Cody Buckel ‏  @Cheatcode07 (#8)

Randy Henry ‏ @RandyHenry51 (#29)

Odubel Herrera ‏ @odubelherrera1frisco roughriders logo

Jared Hoying ‏ @jhoying3035

Teodoro Martinez ‏ @martinezteo

Brett Nicholas ‏ @bnicholas15

Kevin Pucetas ‏ @KPucetas

Jimmy Reyes ‏ @jimmymreyes

Ryan Rodebaugh ‏ @RRodey

Ben Rowen ‏ @B_Rowen

Ryan Strausborger ‏ @Ryan_Straus

Zach Zaneski ‏ @ZZaneski

RoughRiders to play in 2013, now off roster:

Jake Brigham ‏ @jbrigham49 (Triple-A)

Ross Wolf ‏ @18RGW (Triple-A)

Other players in the Texas Rangers System:


Elvis Andrus ‏ @ElvisandrusSS1

Nelson Cruz ‏ @ncboomstick17

ダルビッシュ有(Yu Darvish) ‏ @faridyu

Neftali Feliz ‏ @NefFeliz

Josh Frasier ‏ @Frasier66 (bullpen catcher)

Leury Garcia ‏ @leurygarcia1 (#20)

Justin Grimm ‏ @GrimmReaper51 (#5)

Derek Holland ‏ @Dutch_Oven45texas_rangers-9679

Michael Kirkman ‏ @MikeKirkman50

Josh Lindblom  @JoshLindblom52 

Leonys Martin ‏ @leonys27martin (#4)

Joe Nathan ‏ @JoeNathan36

Martin Perez ‏ @MartinPerez33D (#3)

Jurickson Profar ‏ @JURICKSONPROFAR (#1 ranked prospect overall by Baseball America)

Robbie Ross ‏ @Ross_108

Joakim Soria ‏ @joakimsoria

Triple-A Round Rock:

Chad Bell ‏ @ChadBell19 (Injured just before beginning of the season, finished 2012 with Express)

Engel Beltre ‏ @engelbeltre07

Lisalverto Bonilla ‏ @propecto1

Jake Brigham ‏ @jbrigham49

Robinson Chirinos  @robinson28chrr_express_logo_detail

Michael Olt ‏ @molt2222 (#2)

Yangervis Solarte ‏ @yanyi26_12

Yoshinori Tateyama ‏ @tatetatetateyan

Ross Wolf ‏ @RGW

Advanced-A Myrtle Beach:

Alec Asher ‏ @Ash_Tag24

Kellin Deglan ‏ @keldegs

Royce Bolinger ‏ @roycebolinger

Zach Cone ‏ @ZachCone (#24)

Ryan Harvey ‏ @Hammer32jetlifepelicans

Luke Jackson ‏ @YaBoy77 (#6)

Will Lamb ‏ @LamboLeap30

Nick Martinez ‏ @nickmartinez10 (#27)

Rougned Odor ‏ @RougnedOdor (#11)

Drew Robinson ‏ @drewrobinsonnn

Jake Skole ‏ @JakeSkole15

Joe Van Meter ‏ @JVanMeter28

Class-A Hickory Crawdads:

Jorge Alfaro ‏ @_JorgeAlfaro11 (#9)

Ryan Bores ‏ @RyanBores

Lewis Brinson ‏ @LewisBrinson (#12)

Eric Brooks ‏ @itsEricBrooks

Coby Cowgill ‏ @CobyCowgill_RHP

C.J. Edwards ‏ @CEdwardsSBS (#14)

Joey Gallo ‏ @JoeyGallo24 (#10)

David Lyon ‏ @DLyonKSU36Hickory_Crawdads

Joe Maloney ‏ @JoeBoMalones

Nomar Mazara ‏ @NomarMzra26 (#16)

Luis Mendez ‏ @mendezluis932

Ryan Rua ‏ @Rua_Numba_2

Connor Sadzeck ‏ @connorsadzeck

Ryne Slack ‏ @Slack28

Nick Vickerson ‏ @Nick_Vickerson

Nick Williams ‏ @NW1superstar (#25)

Players yet to be assigned (either hurt or will be in either Rookie or Short-Season A)

Jairo Beras ‏ @jairoberas (#18)

Janluis Castro ‏ @Jaanluis

Guy Edmonds ‏ @EdmondsGuy

Brandon Garcia ‏ @BrandonGarcia_

Ronald Guzman ‏ @_ronaldguzman (#17)

Jamie Jarmon ‏ @jjarmon34

Kevin Matthews ‏ @kevmat1

Barrett Serrato ‏ @bserrato23

Nick Urbanus ‏ @NickUrb

Brett Weibley ‏ @wild_stallion5

Collin Wiles ‏ @cwiles11


– Nathan

Baseball term of the day: fuzzy concreteartificial turf