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Moving parts: checking in on the new and former Riders from the last week


Lewis Brinson is off to a great with the Colorado Springs Sky Sox since being traded last Monday. (Paat Kelly / Colorado Springs Sky Sox)

In the last week, the RoughRiders roster has experienced some heavy turnover. With seven guys joining the squad, five going to Triple-A, two to the DL, and two getting traded, the roster looks very different than it did at this time last week.

Here’s an update on how everyone is doing with their new teams:

THE NEW RIDERS (stats reflect results since joining the team last week)

CARLOS ARROYO: 5 G, 3-for-15, 2B, 2 RBI
Arroyo singled in his first at-bat with Frisco but has struggled a bit since then. Sunday, he drove in a pair of runs and picked up an outfield assist in center field.

CARSON BLAIR: 2 G, 1-for-7, HR, RBI
Blair didn’t waste much time making a splash with his new organization, hitting a solo homer Sunday in just his second game as a Rangers farmhand.

SCOTT CARROLL: 1 GS, 5.0 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K
Carroll turned in another strong start for the Riders Sunday, allowing two runs on five hits in five innings.

EDWIN GARCIA: 4 G, 4-for-14, 2B, RBI, SB
Now in his second stint playing with Frisco this season, Garcia has helped fill the void at first base. He also notched three hits Sunday at San Antonio.

JUAN GRULLON: 1 G, 2.0 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K
Grullon pitched well out of the bullpen on Saturday in his first relief outing since rejoining the squad, but took the loss in a 1-0 game at San Antonio.

EDUARD PINTO: 4 G, 6-for-14, 2B, RBI
Pinto picked up four hits Sunday at San Antonio, and he has hits in three of his first four games with the Riders.

JACK SNODGRASS: 1 GS, 6.0 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 7 K
The southpaw made an impressive debut with the Riders, allowing two runs on two hits across six innings of work on Thursday in San Antonio.

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Jack Snodgrass earned the win in his Riders debut Thursday. (Dave Michael / San Antonio Missions)

PROMOTED TO TRIPLE-A (stats reflect results since joining the team last week)

JOHN FASOLA: 3 G, 3.2 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K
Fasola has already appeared in three games since joining the Express for the second time this season. Like he was in Frisco, he’s continued to be tough on opposing hitters.

RONALD GUZMAN: 6 G, 4-for-21, 2B, HR, 3 RBI, 12 K
Guzman got off to a great start in Triple-A, homering and doubling in his first two-at-bats. However, he has since struck out in 12 of his last 19 at-bats.

YOHANDER MENDEZ: 1 GS, 5.0 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K
Mendez turned in a nearly identical line to his Triple-A debut on July 5. He has yet to allow a run as a Triple-A pitcher this season across 10 innings. His combined 2.51 ERA this season would lead Rangers full-season starters if he qualified.

VICTOR PAYANO: 1 G, 1.1 IP, 2 H, 5 ER, 4 BB, 1 K
Payano got rocked in his Triple-A debut Friday, keyed by four walks. One of the things that helped him have a strong year with the Riders was limiting walks. If he can do that moving forward, the Express will hopefully see the pitcher that did so well in Frisco.

JOSE VALDESPINA: 2 G, 3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K
Now in his second stint with Round Rock this season, Valdespina has already come out of the bullpen twice this week and has yet to allow a run.

THE NEW BREWERS (stats reflect results since joining the team last week)

LEWIS BRINSON: 7 G, 13-for-29 (.448), 4 2B, 1 HR, 8 RBI, 3-4 SB
We probably shouldn’t be too surprised that Brinson is tearing it up with his new club, but it’s still pretty impressive that he has burst right on to the scene and been a consistent contributor for the Sky Sox. He has hits in all seven games with his new club, including a four-hit night in his debut and a grand slam the next game. If you factor what he did with Round Rock at the end of last year, he’s a career .441 hitter (26-for-59) in Triple-A.LOLBTrade640x360.jpg

LUIS ORTIZ: 1 GS, 3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K
Ortiz debuted with Double-A Biloxi Saturday night, working another short outing as he recovers from his time on the DL. Ortiz also had an at-bat (he’ll have more to come, too) and struck out in his only AB of the night.

– Ryan

Baseball term of the day: Nellie hitter – A hitter who hits to left center and to right center.

(term from The Dickson Baseball Dictionary

Step into the cage: Riders hitters discuss their approach to BP


Batting practice is so much more than stepping in the cage and swinging away. Each hitter takes his own approach to BP. I asked a few of the Riders what their focus is when they take batting practice.

Luis Mendez

The first round, I just try to hit the ball middle/oppo, find the barrel middle/oppo, see the ball and how it’s coming off the bat. Then the next round, I start using the middle of the field. And the third round is game speed, depending on how I feel. And the fourth round is depending on how I feel, too. [I’ll take] one swing, two swings, and if I feel good, I just get out and get ready for the game. I take ground balls and take that feeling into the game.

Isiah Kiner-Falefa

For me, I’m more of a ‘just feel good in BP’ guy. If I’m feeling really good, I’ll try hit it in the gap every swing. For me, it’s day-by-day. It’s all about feeling. Some days, you feel so good that you don’t even need to take BP because you don’t want to waste those swings. Over the course of the year, there are so many different feelings you get and you just kind of gage yourself. If you’re feeling bad, you take more swings. If you’re feeling good, you take less swings. It evens out so you don’t take too many swings over the course of the season.Guzman BP

Ronald Guzman

Every time I go into the cage, I just try to use my hands and stay together with my back part and try to just throw my hands. That’s all I think about in the cage. I do tee first, then front toss, then overhand. It’s a routine that I have but my approach is always the same.

Some days, I just go easy, do a little bit of front toss and refresh my mind. Sometimes, I feel like I have to work on something and I do something more drastic like go to the machine or something different. Normally, I keep the same routine.

Edwin Garcia

I always try to do the same thing. My first round, I work the other way and stay inside the ball using my hands. The second round, I just try to stay up the middle. After that, I hit the ball wherever the pitch is.


Baseball term of the day: Bingo Hitter – A hitter whose batting average is below .100.

(term from The Dickson Baseball Dictionary

‘Tis the Season

Miss the last RoughRiders game? Catch up on the action or relive the highlights with ‘Riders Rewind, a daily capsule of yesterday’s big moments. Listen to previous editions of ‘Riders Rewind here.

It’s Christmas in July at Dickey-Stephens Park in North Little Rock, Arkansas as the ‘Riders battle the Travelers in a three-game series. In true holiday spirit, the Travelers handed a pair of gifts (errors) to the ‘Riders, who happily accepted and unwrapped an early lead. In a ponderous affair (time of game three hours and 18 minutes), knocked off Arkansas by a 5-1 margin before the clock struck midnight. Click here to read the full game recap.

Star of the Game: RHP Kyle Lotzkar – 3.0IP, H, 0R, 0BB, 3K, W

The righty turned in his finest performance of the season in relief of starter Alex Gonzalez. Kyle allowed just one baserunner (a seventh-inning single to Jett Bandy) over his three innings on the mound and notched his first win as a member of the Rangers organization. The ‘Riders have thrown Lotzkar into a variety of situations as both a starter and a reliever in an attempt to get the Canadian on track after a shaky start to the season. Kyle may be starting to turn the corner.

In case you missed it:

-The RoughRiders are undefeated in the state of Arkansas this season with a perfect 7-0 record.

-The ‘Riders also won back-to-back games for the first time since June 9-10.

-Frisco scored all five of its runs in the first two innings.

-Gallo watch: 2-for-4, 2B, BB, 2SO

Joey appears to have swapped out home runs for two-baggers recently. He has four doubles in his last three games and no long balls over that span. The left-handed hitter has been pull-happy lately as well. His last opposite field shot was a solo home run on June 26. Through 20 games with the ‘Riders, Joey bats .297 (22-for-74) with 15 runs, six doubles, eight home runs and 21 batted in. His .703 slugging percentage is only 32 points lower than his mark in Advanced-A Myrtle Beach.

-Ryan Strausborger extended his hitting streak since his arrival in Frisco on June 25 and now has at least one hit and one run scored in each of his seven games played. He went 2-for-5 on Wednesday with two runs scored.

-Arkansas’ ball boys sport a unique look in comparison to their compatriots throughout the Texas League. The Travs deck their boys in polo shirts and shorts, in similar fashion to the guys and gals you see running across the green lawns of the All England Club for Wimbledon.

A Wimbledon ball boy, not to be confused with his kin in North Little Rock, Arkansas.

A Wimbledon ball boy, not to be confused with his kin in North Little Rock, Arkansas.



Be sure to save time for Randy Henry’s candid interview with Alex as heard on the RoughRiders Pregame Show:

Thanks for tuning in,

-Chris V.

The Adam/s Family

Miss the last RoughRiders game? Catch up on the action or relive the highlights with ‘Riders Rewind, a daily capsule of yesterday’s big moments. Listen to previous editions of ‘Riders Rewind here.

Yes, I know the spelling is different, but fans may have thought Monday’s day game with Northwest Arkansas was sponsored by the Department of Redundancy Department. The affair was neither creepy or cooky, serious nor spooky, but the backs of more than a couple jerseys looked the same out on the field.

Jason Adam (in the singular) got the start for the Naturals on the mound with teammate Lane Adams (in the plural) behind him in center field. That’s not to be confused with Trever Adams (no relation) for the RoughRiders, who batted as the designated hitter.

Regardless, the RoughRiders made sure to end their up-and-down homestand with a win early Monday afternoon (the game tipped at 11:06 in the morning!). A 9-2 dub gave Frisco a 3-3 record on the homestand and a 45-35 record overall. They still have a 5-6 record in the second half. Click here to read the full game recap.

As the calendar turns to July, day games for the RoughRiders virtually dry up in the Texas League heat. The ‘Riders have two more contests under the sun for the remainder of the season and both take place on the road (July 15 in San Antonio and August 24 in Midland). With Monday’s win, Frisco is now 9-8 in day games and 6-6 during daylight hours at Dr Pepper Ballpark.

Star of the Game: SS Edwin Garcia – 3/4, 2R, 2B, RBI

Edwin takes home his first “Star of the Game” honors after his first three hit ballgame of the season. Batting eighth in the lineup, Garcia played a key role in turning the order over, which allowed guys at the top to drive home runs and put the ‘Riders on the board consistently throughout the game. His RBI double in the second came with two outs in the frame and his run in the eighth helped Frisco drive the final nail in the Naturals’ coffin.

In case you missed it:

-Trever “Gomez” Adams takes home an honorable mention for “Star of the Game” with a 2-for-3 day at the plate with a run, a home run, three RBI and a walk.

-Lane “Lurch” Adams finished the three-game set with two more extra-base hits on Monday (both doubles). His series numbers read 6-for-12 with two runs, two doubles, one triple, two home runs, eight RBI and two stolen bases.

-Gallo watch: 2-for-5, R, 22B, 2RBI, 2SO

Joey hammered both of his doubles to deep right field, one of which crashed off the wall on the fly. He bopped three two-baggers in the final two games of the series and now has five with the ‘Riders since his call-up on June 8.

-RHP Francisco Mendoza earned his first save since May 3 as he pitched the final three innings against Northwest Arkansas. The Dominican allowed no runs on just one hit with two walks and five strikeouts.

-Ryan Strausborger extended his hitting streak since his arrival in Frisco on June 25 and now has at least one hit and one run scored in each of his six games played. He went 2-for-5 on Monday with two runs and a triple.

-Because the game started at 11:05 a.m. the seating bowl was rife with summer-campers decked out in colored shirts to signify their particular group or affiliation. It looked like a bag of skittles had been skattered throughout the seats.


Speaking of Strausborger, catch his interview on the Pregame Show where he elaborates on differences between Double-A and Triple-A, the skills behind a quality baserunner and his improvements made at the plate:

Thanks for tuning in,

-Chris V.


Malls Are Big

Normally, I try to take it easy during the morning and early afternoon before road games. Today, though, I went to the mall.

I’m not a shopper at all, but my girlfriend is a self-proclaimed pro. However, I happened to leave the mall (after about three hours worth of shopping, I might add) with more items (a pair of sunglasses) than her.

This shopping thing just doesn’t make sense if you aren’t going to get anything, but she’s the pro. Not me.

Here’s the Thursday edition of the Facts, free of charge.


  • The ruling is in for Frisco center fielder Engel Beltre. The Texas League has suspended Beltre for 15 games after his altercation in San Antonio. The suspension includes yesterday’s game and will hold him out of action until May 13th.
  • There were other moves by the RoughRiders today. Infielder Renny Osuna has been activated from the disabled list after suffering a broken nose April 14th. Osuna had been the leadoff hitter while in the lineup, so I would expect him to return to that spot with Beltre out for a while.
  • Also, left-hander Corey Young has been placed on the seven-day disabled list with a back injury and infielder Edwin Garcia, who made his debut with the ‘Riders yesterday, is heading back to extended spring training. Garcia was only a stopgap with a few position players out of the mix.
  • The RoughRiders received two players from high-A Myrtle Beach. Outfielder Travis Adair is now with the club after hitting .365 with two homers and 13 RBIs in 16 games with the Pelicans. In those 16 games, Adair has played left field nine times. He has been the designated hitter in the other seven games. It would seem likely, then, to see Adair and Mike Bianucci split those two roles.
  • Also getting the bump up to Frisco is Tyler Tufts. The right-hander was 1-0 with a 1.35 ERA in six outings for the Pelicans this year. This will be Tufts’ second stint with the ‘Riders. Last year, he had a 2.50 ERA in 14 outings in North Texas. He has to be good because he’s from Ohio.
  • I’ve been meaning to put this link up for a few days, but I have neglected to do so. Here’s a feature on Frisco starter Martin Perez from the Texas League home page. Pretty good stuff here.
  • How about Nick Derba squeezing the S-Cards past Northwest Arkansas yesterday for a walk-off victory. Not bad for a catcher. Springfield starter Nick Additon also took a perfect game into the seventh. 

The ‘Riders aim to snap a five-game losing streak tonight in San Antonio. Carlos Pimentel looks for his first win of the season. Pre-game along the RBN begins at 6:35. Enjoy!

– Brian