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What Might Have Been…


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Alex Dickerson’s grand slam in the fifth inning turned the tide, but the ‘Riders missed out on several chances to get back in the ballgame. Eleven men left on base spelled defeat on Thursday for Frisco. Click here to read the game recap.

The ‘Riders left runners on first and third in the third inning, first and second in the fifth and a full pond on board in the sixth. In the eighth, a great throw from left fielder Hunter Renfroe eliminated Nomar Mazara at home.

Star of the Game: C Jorge Alfaro – 2/5, 2 RBI, 2 SO

Another multi-hit night for Jorge, who has hit safely in 11-of-14 Double-A games. In batting practice before the game, Jorge flashed his raw power when he knocked a ball off the Nationwide scoreboard in left-center. The blast crashed off the top row of the LED display and knocked out a section of the screen.

In case you missed it:

-The RoughRiders stranded 11 men on base on Thursday and have left 30 aboard in the series.

-Alex Dickerson’s grand salami was San Antonio’s third of the season against Frisco. Rymer Liriano and Robert Kral also smacked four-run homers against the ‘Riders.

-Patrick Cantwell was hit by a pitch for the 20th time this season.

-Trever Adams committed an error for the first time since June 25.

-The Rangers had an off day on Thursday, so several members of the brass were in attendance, including Jon Daniels and Mike Maddux. A.J. Preller and Don Welke also made appearances. Awkward.

-Gallo watch: 1-for-4, 2 SO

Joey popped a ball to shallow center beyond the reach of the center fielder and the shortstop. It was Joey’s second hit of the series as his double in game one was changed to an error.

-A look at the RoughRiders home run leader board (active players only):

1. Joey Gallo (19)

2. Trever Adams (13)

3. Drew Robinson (11)

4. J.T. Wise (6)

5. Jake Skole (5)

6. Teodoro Martinez (3)

6. Jorge Alfaro (3)

8. Chris Grayson (2)

8. Odubel Herrera (2)

8. Nomar Mazara (2)

11. Patrick Cantwell (1)

11. Hanser Alberto (1)

 

Patrick Cantwell talks about his improvements offensively, his rapport with pitchers on the staff and his support of the Green Bay Packers:

 

Thanks for tuning in,

-Chris V.

Master Drillers


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The ‘Riders would gladly play more cames at ONEOK Field if the schedule allowed. On Sunday, Frisco completed a three-game sweep of the Drillers and will finish the regular season 5-0 in the Oil City. The RoughRiders mastered Tulsa from the start and won 9-of-11 (with one game cancelled) in 2014. Click here to read the game recap.

Star of the Game: RHP Alec Asher – 6.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K

Alec book-ended the six-game road trip with a pair of victories on the hill. After falling to 8-11, the Big Cat has raised his season record to 10-11 and has allowed just one unearned run in his last 12 innings. Alec did not walk a batter over the course of his six innings on Sunday and never allowed multiple baserunners in a single inning.

In case you missed it:

-The RoughRiders finish their slate of games against the North Division with a 29-18 record.

-Odubel Herrera batted leadoff and turned in a three-hit night (all singles) with two runs and two stolen bases. Odubel now has 11 swiped bags as a RoughRider this season.

-Jorge Alfaro picked up three hits as well including a double and a run scored in the ninth inning.

-Teodoro Martinez extended his hitting streak to a season-high 11 games with an RBI double in the sixth.

-Trever Adams scored two runs and now has 63 on the season, third-most in the Texas League.

-Nick Williams has a double and triple through his first two games in the Texas League.

-Gallo watch: 1-for-4, R, HR, 2 RBI, BB, SB, 2 SO

Joey got a hold of a ninth-inning offering from lefty Kraig Sitton and bopped his second home run of the series. The blast was Joey’s 40th of the season and 19th as a RoughRider. On a historical note, Joey becomes the first minor league player since Ron Kittle in 1981-1982 to hit 40 homers in consecutive seasons. He is once again tied with Kris Bryant for the most home runs in the minors and trails Corpus Christi’s Telvin Nash by one for the Texas League lead.

-A look at the RoughRiders home run leader board (active players only):

1. Joey Gallo (19)

2. Trever Adams (12)

3. Drew Robinson (11)

4. J.T. Wise (6)

5. Jake Skole (5)

6. Teodoro Martinez (3)

6. Jorge Alfaro (3)

8. Chris Grayson (2)

8. Odubel Herrera (2)

8. Nomar Mazara (2)

11. Patrick Cantwell (1)

11. Hanser Alberto (1)

 

Jason Wood shares his thoughts on the changed dynamic of the team with an influx of young prospects over the course of the season:

 

Thanks for tuning in,

-Chris V.

Déjà Vu


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It was déjà vu all over again for the ‘Riders and no one complained as Frisco came out on the right side of an 8-2 final score for the second night in a row. Click here to read the game recap.

Star of the Game: RHP Chi Chi Gonzalez – 7.0 IP, 6 H, R, 2 BB, 8 K

Pitching in front of friends and family in Tulsa, Chi Chi turned in his sixth straight winning decision to move his Double-A record to 7-3 (12-5 on the season) with a 2.02 ERA (2.32 overall). The ‘Riders took the reins off the right-hander for the first time and he turned in his longest outing with Frisco both in terms of innings and pitch count (106 pitches and 74 strikes). Chi Chi played collegiately at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, hence the high concentration of supporters. The native of Delray Beach, Florida was especially keen with runners on the bases and stranded runners in scoring position in four of his seven innings. He has become the Luke Jackson of the second half for the RoughRiders.

In case you missed it:

-Nomar Mazara deserves an honorable mention for his performance at the plate on Saturday. He finished the night 2-for-4 with two runs, a double, a home run and four RBI.

As if the pure numbers aren’t enough to validate his case, the timeliness of his extra-base knocks enhanced the impact of his line. His second Double-A homer in the second got the ‘Riders on the board and into the lead, not to mention it came off Eddie Butler, a pitcher with big league experience this season. In the ninth, with the RoughRiders clinging to a 3-2 lead, Nomar provided his squad with a much-needed cushion on a ringing two-run double to right. The Dominican made the Drillers pay for a costly error earlier in the frame and tipped off a five-run frame for the ‘Riders who made the final score look rather lopsided.

-All five of the RoughRiders’ runs in the ninth were unearned because of an error on shortstop Taylor Featherston. If Featherston makes the play on a Nick Williams grounder, the inning is over with the score still 3-2.

-Speaking of Nick Williams, the newest RoughRider batted 1-for-4 in his Double-A debut with two runs and a double. He reached base three times including a wild-pitch strikeout and the aforementioned error on Featherston in the ninth.

-Teodoro Martinez extended his hitting streak to a season-high ten games with an RBI single in the ninth.

-Trevor Story has been almost the sole source of offense for the Drillers in this series. The Irving High School alumnus pummeled his third home run against the RoughRiders in five games on Saturday.

-Gallo watch: 1-for-3, 2 R, HR, RBI, BB, SO

Butler struck Joey out in the first, but the slugger extracted revenge in the fourth on the first pitch of the inning. Butler dropped one right into Joey’s sweet spot (low and inside) and he knocked out to right-center for his 18th home run with the RoughRiders. It’s home run number 39 for Joey this season and he trails Corpus Christi’s Telvin Nash by two in the Texas League home run race.

-A look at the RoughRiders home run leader board (active players only):

1. Joey Gallo (18)

2. Trever Adams (12)

3. Drew Robinson (11)

4. J.T. Wise (6)

5. Jake Skole (5)

6. Teodoro Martinez (3)

6. Jorge Alfaro (3)

8. Chris Grayson (2)

8. Odubel Herrera (2)

8. Nomar Mazara (2)

11. Patrick Cantwell (1)

11. Hanser Alberto (1)

 

If Teo had his way, the Tulsa Drillers would be on the schedule for more than 12 games. Café has two four-hit games against the Drillers this season and has been scorching hot in the month of August. He also talks about the influence of his father, a former major leaguer, on his development as a ballplayer:

 

Thanks for tuning in,

-Chris V.

Trampled By Teo & Thompson

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The RoughRiders let loose some frustration on Tulsa after a difficult series in Springfield, particularly on the offensive side. Four hits from Teodoro Martinez and five strong innings from Jake Thompson helped the ‘Riders trample Tulsa 8-2. Click here to read the game recap.

Star of the Game: LF Teodoro Martinez – 4/5, R, 3 RBI, SO

Teo has come to life in August and has posted a .474 batting average in the month. The dog days were tough on Teo, but his season batting average has risen to .289 and he is on a ten-game hitting streak, his longest of the season.

In case you missed it:

-In addition to Teo, four other ‘Riders had multiple hits on Friday night: Guilder Rodriguez (2-for-5, 2B, RBI), Trever Adams (2-for-5, 2 R, 2 2B, RBI, ROE), Nomar Mazara (2-for-5, 2B, RBI) and Hanser Alberto (2-for-4, RBI).

-Every ‘Rider reached base safely at least once in the game.

-The RoughRiders smacked five doubles on the night and three in the third inning.

-After eight games without a double, Trever Adams cracked two against the Drillers to move his season total to 34. He trails Texas League leader Alex Yarbrough by three.

-Patrick Cantwell was hit by a pitch for the 19th time this season, the most in the Texas League.

-Gallo watch: 1-for-4, 2 R, 2B, BB

After a night off on Thursday, Joey looked rejuvenated and smacked his tenth Double-A double.

-A look at the RoughRiders home run leader board (active players only):

1. Joey Gallo (17)

2. Trever Adams (12)

3. Drew Robinson (11)

4. J.T. Wise (6)

5. Jake Skole (5)

6. Teodoro Martinez (3)

6. Jorge Alfaro (3)

8. Chris Grayson (2)

8. Odubel Herrera (2)

10. Patrick Cantwell (1)

10. Nomar Mazara (1)

10. Hanser Alberto (1)

 

Strength and conditioning coach Eric McMahon gives the inside scoop on what it takes to keep a baseball player in peak condition over the course of a long season:

 

Thanks for tuning in,

-Chris V.

Fly Away

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The ‘Riders were more than joyful to fly out of town after the 2014 regular season finale against the Springfield Cardinals. No matter that the ‘Riders lost the game 6-2, the series 2-1 or the season series 7-5. Hammons Field became a scene out of Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Birds” for the RoughRiders, who were again flummoxed by Cardinals’ pitching and committed multiple errors in the field. Click here to read the game recap.

Star of the Game: RF Nomar Mazara – 2/4, 2B

The pickings were slim, but Nomar was the only ‘Rider with multiple hits on Thursday. Nomar now has three doubles at the Double-A level in nine games.

In case you missed it:

-Teodoro Martinez extended his hitting streak to nine straight–a season high for Teo–with an RBI single in the ninth inning.

-The ‘Riders narrowly avoided a shutout for the fifth time this season when J.T. Wise, Odubel Herrera and Martinez sparked a two-out rally in the top of the ninth.

-Three Frisco errors led to three unearned runs for the Cardinals.

-Entering the ninth, the RoughRiders had just three hits, but doubled their total with three base knocks in the ninth inning alone.

-Gallo watch: DNP

Joey got a deserved night to clear his mind in anticipation of the upcoming series against Tulsa.

-A look at the RoughRiders home run leader board (active players only):

1. Joey Gallo (17)

2. Trever Adams (12)

3. Drew Robinson (11)

4. J.T. Wise (6)

5. Jake Skole (5)

6. Teodoro Martinez (3)

6. Jorge Alfaro (3)

8. Chris Grayson (2)

8. Odubel Herrera (2)

10. Patrick Cantwell (1)

10. Nomar Mazara (1)

10. Hanser Alberto (1)

 

Former big leaguer Harry Spilman, now a special assignment instructor for the Rangers farm system, talks about some of the hitters in the organization and his relationship with Nolan Ryan:

 

Thanks for tuning in,

-Chris V.

Failure to Launch

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Like a hitter in a hot streak at the plate, this pitching staff is grooving right now. A 2-1 loss in 11 innings hardly falls on the shoulders of the pitchers. Instead, the offense stayed under wraps provided virtually no run support for Jerad Eickhoff & co. Click here to read the game recap.

Star of the Game: RHP Jerad Eickhoff – 7.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 6 K

Jerad did not earn a win on Wednesday, but least he was spared a losing decision. The Texas League leader in strikeouts upped his total to 128 and turned in a seven-inning outing for the fifth time this season.

In case you missed it:

-Curt Smith’s walk-off home run was the first run allowed by Martire Garcia in over 18 innings as a RoughRider this season.

-Springfield reliever Sam Tuivailala gave his best Keone Kela impersonation and topped out at 101 mph on the Hammons Field Radar gun. He loaded the bases with no outs in the eighth and blew a save when a wild pitch allowed the ‘Riders to tie the game. The ‘Riders could have taken the lead for good, but Tuivailala denied them the chance when he struck out the side in order. He finished with six strikeouts in two inning.

-After Tuivailala, Joey Donofrio took the hill and gave the ‘Riders fits for the final three innings. Donofrio sat down all nine batters he faced and added four strikeouts to his line. The RoughRiders struck out 15 times in the ballgame.

-Gallo watch: 0-for-5, 5 SO

Telvin Nash hit a home run on Wednesday for Corpus Christi and now leads Joey by two in the Texas League home run chase. Joey last hit a homer on August 8.

-A look at the RoughRiders home run leader board (active players only):

1. Joey Gallo (17)

2. Trever Adams (12)

3. Drew Robinson (11)

4. J.T. Wise (6)

5. Jake Skole (5)

6. Teodoro Martinez (3)

6. Jorge Alfaro (3)

8. Chris Grayson (2)

8. Odubel Herrera (2)

10. Patrick Cantwell (1)

10. Nomar Mazara (1)

10. Hanser Alberto (1)

 

New arrival and top ten Rangers prospect Nomar Mazara sits down with Alex and talks about his first Double-A home run and his basketball background in the Dominican Republic:

 

Thanks for tuning in,

-Chris V.

Active and Passive

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It took the RoughRiders two pitches to turn a 1-1 tie into a two-run lead in the seventh inning at Hammons Field on Tuesday. Nomar Mazara and Hanser Alberto each went deep on the first pitch of their respective at-bats as the ‘Riders took a pro-active approach to take the lead in the later stages of the game. In the ninth, the ‘Riders patiently kept the bats on their shoulders and drew five walks and a hit-by-pitch in a nine-batter inning to put the game out of reach for Springfield. Three runs on zero hits with three men left on base in the ninth inning for the RoughRiders. It doesn’t get more passive than that. Click here to read the game recap.

Star of the Game: RHP Alec Asher – 6.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 K

The staff takes home “Star of the Game” honors once again. The Big Cat snapped a two-start losing streak on the hill as he went six innings and allowed one unearned run on three hits with two walks and four strikeouts. Alec is now 9-11 on the season and the nine dubs ties a career mark for the Floridian. As a unit, ‘Riders pitching has not allowed an earned run in 20 innings and has coughed up just one earned run in the last three games.

In case you missed it:

-The homers for Mazara and Alberto were Double-A firsts for both hitters. Mazara’s blast to right field was the first of his career with Frisco and 20th of the season. Alberto went deep to left for his first jack as a RoughRider in 2014 and sixth on the year. The shortstop also hit four long balls with the ‘Riders in 2013.

-Teodoro Martinez extended his hitting streak to seven games with a single in the second. Teo is one game shy of tying his season-high of eight straight with a base knock.

-Patrick Cantwell was hit by a pitch for the 18th time this season, the most in the Texas League. He also drew a walk in the third and now has 17 base on balls in 2014.

-The ‘Riders snapped a streak of six straight games with an error and did not have a miscue defensively, although Jorge Alfaro did have a passed ball that scored Springfield’s only run of the ballgame.

-Gallo watch: 0-for-5, 2 SO

After a day off on Sunday, Joey reached base on a fielder’s choice in the second, but the offense did not need his power on Tuesday. Hammons Field in Springfield is known as a hitter-friendly park, so it will be interesting to see if the slugger can knock any out of the yard in the Show Me State.

-A look at the RoughRiders home run leader board (active players only):

1. Joey Gallo (17)

2. Trever Adams (12)

3. Drew Robinson (11)

4. J.T. Wise (6)

5. Jake Skole (5)

6. Teodoro Martinez (3)

6. Jorge Alfaro (3)

8. Chris Grayson (2)

8. Odubel Herrera (2)

10. Patrick Cantwell (1)

10. Nomar Mazara (1)

10. Hanser Alberto (1)

 

In case you missed it (again), be sure to catch out interview with the Rangers Derek Holland, who enjoyed a brief, yet very successful run with the RoughRiders at the end of the 2008 season:

 

Thanks for tuning in,

-Chris V.

Mirror Image

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Sunday brought an end to a mirror image of a homestand. The ‘Riders opened a six-game stay at Dr Pepper Ballpark with a win against Springfield, but dropped the final two games of the set. Tulsa arrived in town and stole game one, but the RoughRiders rallied and won the final two to finish the homestand at 3-3. Click here to read the game recap.

Star of the Game: RHP Alex “Chi Chi” Gonzalez – 5.0 IP, 0 H, 2 R, 0 ER, BB, 2 K

There could realistically be three stars of the game, given the monster offensive nights for J.T. Wise and Teodoro Martinez, respectively. But Chi Chi did not allowed a hit in five frames against the Drillers and has allowed only one earned run in his last two outings. His outing likely would have lasted longer than five innings had the defense not committed two errors in the field, which led to the only two runs of the game for Tulsa. The righty is now 6-3 with a 2.11 ERA at the Double-A level and has won his last five decisions with the RoughRiders.

In case you missed it:

-The bottom five hitters in the order carried the load offensively for the ‘Riders:

J.T. Wise batted fifth and finished 3-for-3 with three runs, a double, a home run, an RBI and a walk. The righty has hits in 18 of his 24 games with the RoughRiders.

Teodoro Martinez batted seventh and turned in a career night with a 4-for-4 showing to tie career mark in hits. The Venezuelan scored twice, belted two doubles and drove in three runs. The second half has been a struggle for Teo, but he now carries a six-game hitting streak.

Drew Robinson batted eighth and socked his 11th homer of the season with an eighth inning blast to put the game away. It was a monster shot down the right-field line for Drew, who finished 2-for-4 with a run, a double, a home run and two RBI.

-The ‘Riders committed an error on every game of the homestand for a total of 11 over the six-game stretch.

-Gallo watch: DNP

-A look at the RoughRiders home run leader board (active players only):

1. Joey Gallo (17)

2. Trever Adams (12)

3. Drew Robinson (11)

4. J.T. Wise (6)

5. Jake Skole (5)

6. Teodoro Martinez (3)

6. Jorge Alfaro (3)

8. Chris Grayson (2)

8. Odubel Herrera (2)

10. Patrick Cantwell (1)

 

The ‘Riders weekly chat with field manager Jason Wood on “Sunday with the Skipper:”

 

Thanks for tuning in,

-Chris V.

Back On Track

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The ‘Riders entered Saturday’s game with Tulsa on a three-game slide at home for just the second time in 2014. They made sure it didn’t reach four thanks to 8-3 win against the Drillers. Click here to read the game recap.

Star of the Game: C Jorge Alfaro – 4/5, 2 R, HR, 4 RBI

In the first inning, Jorge scorched a line drive to first where fill-in defender Jose Gonzalez made a great play off the bag to record an out. The Drillers never put the Colombian catcher away the rest of the night. Jorge flashed power cool on a solo home run to the opposite field in the fourth inning. He also displayed an ability to hit for average and went to the opposite field for two of his three singles on the night.

In case you missed it:

-In his second rehab start of the season for Frisco, Derek Holland lasted three innings and threw 49 pitches (30 for strikes). The southpaw allowed one single in each inning, but the Drillers never placed a runner in scoring position against Holland, who surrendered no runs and no walks alongside four strikeouts. The Rangers starter has eight whiffs in five innings of rehab work for Frisco.

-In addition to Alfaro, two new RoughRiders shone bright on Saturday:

Jake Thompson was bounced from his scheduled starting role by Holland, but like Chi Chi Gonzalez, showed no negative effects of pitching from the pen in the fifth. Thompson allowed one run and one walk on three hits over four innings and struck out eight with a jaw-dropping slider. He threw 67 pitches and 40 for strikes.

Nomar Mazara snapped out of an 0-for-12 slump (he had been hitless after his Double-A debut on August 5) for the eighth three-hit night of his season. The lanky Dominican knocked three singles into right field (one was hit to the wall), scored a run and drove in three more.

-Local product Trevor Story drew a walk and scored the only run of the game for the Drillers. Trevor’s free base came from Jake Thompson and the two played summer ball together in high school for the Dallas Patriots.

-Frisco drew eight walks from Tulsa pitching.

-The ‘Riders have committed an error on every game of the homestand.

-Gallo watch: 0-for-2, 2 R, 3 BB, SO, SB

Joey showed good patience at the dish and drew his most walks in a game as a RoughRider. He also stole his first Double-A base after swiping five in Myrtle Beach. Joey now has 25 walks and 89 strikeouts with Frisco.

-A look at the RoughRiders home run leader board (active players only):

1. Joey Gallo (17)

2. Trever Adams (12)

3. Drew Robinson (10)

4. J.T. Wise (5)

4. Jake Skole (5)

6. Teodoro Martinez (3)

7. Chris Grayson (2)

7. Odubel Herrera (2)

7. Jorge Alfaro (2)

10. Patrick Cantwell (1)

 

Tulsa shortstop Trevor Story joined the Pregame Show to chat about his loud cheering section at Dr Pepper Ballpark. A native of Irving, Texas, Trevor grew up a Rangers fan and attended several games at Dr Pepper Ballpark as a youth. The opener against Frisco served as an unofficial homecoming of sorts for Trevor, and he did not disappoint as he launched a solo home run on Friday night:

 

Thanks for tuning in,

-Chris V.

Frisco Futures: Checking in with Lewis Brinson

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Lewis Brinson (center) and Joey Gallo (right) were part of Jon Daniels’ hailed 2012 draft class.

If you follow the Rangers’ farm system, then it’s very likely you’ve heard of Lewis Brinson.  An athletic outfielder from Coral Springs, Florida, Texas drafted Brinson in the first round (29th overall) in 2012.  He played his first full season with low-A Hickory last year and was part of a Crawdads team that broke the South Atlantic League record for home runs in a single season (178).  Brinson’s individual season was a bit of mixed bag: he hit .237/.322/.749 with 21 homers, 52 RBI, 24 steals and 191 strikeouts.

On Saturday, Brinson got his first taste of big league action, pinch hitting for Michael Choice in the Rangers’ wild, 16-15 spring training win over the Athletics.  He doubled to center field on the first pitch he saw from 2013 Midland RockHound Ryan Dull in the seventh inning before flying out to right in the eighth.

Entering the 2014 season, ESPN.com’s Keith Law ranks Brinson as the Rangers’ fourth-best minor league prospect.  The right-handed outfielder won’t turn 20 until May 8 and figures to begin the year with either Hickory or Myrtle Beach.  While it’s unlikely he could reach Frisco this year, a great campaign could lead to a late season cameo with the RoughRiders.  While I was out in Surprise last week, I caught up with Brinson and we talked about spring training, last season in Hickory and his goals before breaking camp.

If you’d like to listen to the audio of the interview, click here.

Alex Vispoli: Lewis, this is your second spring training; what’s been the difference from what you came in to see last year and what you’ve been going through this year?

Lewis Brinson: Last spring training I was kind of in awe a little bit.  The whole spring training aspect of it with big leaguers around everywhere; guys that you grew up loving and now you’re training with them, stretching with them, hitting with them, getting to talk to them everyday.  But now I’ve gotten kind of used to it and I’m just trying to win a job here.  You’ve got a better idea of what you need to do to get ready for the season, so I’m just looking at it like that.

AV: Instead of being in awe of the big leaguers, are you trying this year to learn from them, watching what they do and how they go about their business?

LB: Yeah, definitely.  Anytime a big leaguer stops and talks to you, you listen.  I’m just watching them walk around, hitting, throwing, stretching, working out, talking.  Just getting used to knowing how they go about their business.  You want to be at that level one day so who cares if you copy them?  They’re big leaguers, they’re there for a reason, so why not be like them?

AV: A lot of folks looked at that Hickory team that you were on last year – you had Joey Gallo, Nomar Mazara, Ronald Guzman, Jorge Alfaro –a lot of really young guys that have had a ton of success early in their pro careers.  Was it fun to be a part of that group?  You guys are all about the same age, in the same boat, with the same experience level, playing together.

LB: Oh yeah, that was very fun.  Everybody looked at our home runs last year [with us being] a really young group and was asking “How did they hit that many home runs?  These guys must be freakishly talented or on something.”  But we have a great time together.  We’re all, like you said, the same age, so we love being around each other.  We all have the same goals; we all have the same work ethic and want to get to the big leagues around the same time and start our big league careers together, hopefully with the Texas Rangers.  We’re just out there having a good time.  I love those guys.

AV: Finally Lewis, what are your goals here for the next couple of weeks before you break camp?

LB: Just to get ready.  [Minor league spring] games start Thursday [March 13].  So just getting ready for the season.  It’s grind time, trying to make a team and trying to get your last bit of work in.  Just come here everyday with a plan, and plan to get better everyday.

AV: Well Lewis, best of luck here over the next couple of weeks.  Stay healthy and hopefully at some point down the line we’ll see you in Frisco.

LB: All right, see you there.

Thanks for reading.

-          Alex

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