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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.

Up Next: Third Base

All-‘Riders Team: First 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 first baseman.

Michael Damman’s Take: 

The second part of a murderer’s row that sat in the middle of Frisco’s lineup for the first half of the 2008 season, Chris Davis spent just a tad bit more time in Frisco than Max Ramirez did.

Davis came to Frisco late in 2007 after ripping through High-A Bakersfield.   Texas found out then that the Chris Davis show — and enigma — was just beginning.  Over 124 plate appearances in 2007, Davis connected on 19 extra base hits, including 12 home runs and posted a 1.059 OPS.  He followed up with a 2008 encore where he hit 27 extra base hits, including 13 home runs over 204 plate appearances.  Davis batted .319 in his time with Frisco with 21 doubles and 25 home runs over 326 plate appearances.  He drove in 67 runs over 76 games as well, including 42 in 46 games in 2008.

In his 76 career games for the ‘Riders, Davis had 23 multi-hit games.  When he was promoted after a May 24th game, Frisco was 33-15 thanks in large part to the help of Davis and Ramirez.  In the big leagues, the first baseman has not been able to have the same kind of success that he had in Frisco and throughout the minor leagues as his career MLB OPS is .749.  No longer with the Rangers, Davis was traded in 2011 to the Baltimore Orioles as part of the Koji Uehara deal.  However, of the 30 rookies that had at least 250 plate appearances in 2008, a list that included 2010 NL MVP Joey Votto, Evan Longoria, and Carlos Gonzalez, Davis carried the best minor league OPS in Double-A and Triple-A into the major leagues.

My Take:

Davis’ career .319 batting average ranks fifth all-time in RoughRiders’ history, but what impresses me most is that stat that Michael found regarding his RBIs.  Driving in 67 runs in 76 games (and 42 in 46) is pretty amazing.  The thing that we always hear managers and coaches say over and over in the minors is “consistency.”  If Double-A ballplayers were consistent, they’d probably all be in the big leagues.  Point being, to drive home nearly 70 runs in 76 games (over half a season), shows great consistency.  This is a quality that Davis struggled with after graduating from Frisco, but while he was here, he was terrific.

-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.

Up Next: Second Base

All-‘Riders Team: Catcher

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 start with the RoughRiders’ all-time best catcher.

Michael Damman’s Take:  Part of an extremely talented 2008 Frisco RoughRider’s team that won 84 games, Max Ramirez makes the list despite playing just 69 games in Frisco.  Still, Ramirez displayed one of the most dominant offensive performances in his short time with the ‘Riders.

A .354 hitter while in Frisco, Ramirez connected on 35 extra base hits, including 17 home runs, and drove in 50 runs over the 69 games while scoring 49 runs as well.  Ramirez had a .454 on base percentage in addition to a 1.096 OPS in 289 plate appearances for the ‘Riders. Also of note, his time with the RoughRiders included more multi hit games (23) than hit-less games (19).

Since leaving Frisco, Ramirez has yet to show the same kind of offensive numbers, although two wrist injuries in 2009 and 2010 clearly affected his power and ability in the field.  In 140 plate appearances for the Rangers in 2008 and 2010, Ramirez hit .217 with a .340 OBP and .699 OPS.  In 2011, he spent time with the Triple-A clubs of the Houston Astros, Chicago Cubs, and San Francisco Giants.  Ramirez began to display some power for the Giants late in the season as he finished with 11 doubles and 10 homeruns in 48 games.

My Take:  As you’ll see as we continue to release our list of the All-‘Riders Team, Damman pretty much covers it all.  However, I’ll try and chime in a couple of thoughts as well.

In the first nine seasons of ‘Riders baseball, there has never been a player with a higher single-season batting average than Ramirez (.354).  I love the stat that Michael found stating that Ramirez had more multi-hit games than hit-less games.  Think about that for a second.  Even over a half-season sample size, that’s remarkable.

For comparison sake, take for example Tulsa’s Wilin Rosario.  The Drillers’ catcher entered 2011 as the Rockies’ No. 2 prospect and was known not just as a defensive catcher.  This past season, Rosario hit .249 overall, .263 in the first half, .235 in the second.  Point is, Ramirez hit approximately 100 points higher than Rosario who, despite having what some would term a “down year,” is know as catcher who can hit.

-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.

Up Next: First Base

 

Magic Number 10

It may be hard for some to believe, but the 2012 season will be year number 10 for the RoughRiders franchise. Current Rangers like Ian Kinsler, Elvis Andrus, Neftali Feliz, and Derek Holland all came through Dr Pepper Ballpark.  Heck, even Josh Hamilton has rehabbed here twice and, most recently, hit a home run.

It’s fun to reflect over the last nine years and think about all the great ballplayers ‘Riders fans have had the pleasure to watch. With that in mind, I’ve teamed up with the Michael Damman, the RoughRiders’ Director of Statistical Research,  to come up with the All-‘Riders Team.  In the coming weeks here on the blog, we’ll be profiling the best players at their positions in franchise history.  Should be a lot of fun.

Here are some news, notes, and headlines from today:

  • Arkansas Travelers’ third baseman Luis Jiminez has been added to the Angels’ 40-man roster.  He batted .290/.335/.486 with 18 homers in 490 at-bats for Arkansas in 2011, and he led the Texas League with 40 doubles, was second with 94 RBIs, and third with 59 extra-base hits.
  • Here’s a first:  according to ballparkdigest.com, the Seattle Mariners are installing four electric vehicle charging stations available for public use at Safeco Field.  Each is capable of fully re-charging a vehicle battery in two-to-six hours. Anyone can plug into the charging stations 24 hours a day, even on days when the Mariners are not playing.
  • As reported late last month, our neighboring Fort Worth Cats of the independent American Association have had their league membership revoked after failing to put up a required letter of credit for 2012.  Team owner Carl Bell says he’s selling the team to potential new owners who would field a team next season.
  • According to a tweet I saw a couple of days ago by my good friend Jason Cole, the publisher of LoneStarDugout.com, former RoughRiders’ reliever Evan Reed has been throwing in the upper 90s in the Arizona Fall League.  The ‘Riders were taking batting practice in Midland in 2010 when we got the news that Evan had been traded to the Florida Marlins for Jorge Cantu.  Evan is a great guy who I really enjoyed getting to know.  I once ate lunch with him at a Subway in Corpus Christi and was amazed by the amount of food he could pound.  Evan ate a 12″ sandwich on thick honey oat bread with four chicken breasts and almost all the veggies available.  Happy to hear that he’s doing well.

-AG

First Half By The Numbers

It is hard to summarize a 70-game period, but we are going to try with the beauty of numbers. I’m not a stat genius like Michael Damman, the head of the RoughRiders Statistical Research Department and the writer of this blog. However, I’m going to put on my best Damman-esque performance and give you a “First Half By The Numbers” edition of the Facts.

FRISCO FACTS:

  • 76 – The number of days it took for the RoughRiders to complete the 70-game half.
  • 203:19 – The combined time of the 70 games in the first half, shown in hours and minutes.
  • 8.47 – That’s the equivalent in days to the time shown in the bullet above.
  • 266,774 – The number of fans that passed through the Dr Pepper Ballpark turnstiles during the 34-game home schedule. That’s good for an average of 7,846, which is by far the best mark in the Texas League.
  • 40 – The number of wins for Frisco, which is the tied for the sixth-most in a half in the history of the franchise.
  • 69 – Frisco’s home run total, which is one better than the RoughRiders’ home run count for all of the 2010 season (68).
  • 386 – The number of runs the ‘Riders scored in the first 70 games. That amounts to 5.5 per game.
  • 2746 – The number of batters that Frisco pitching faced during the first half.
  • 22 – The combined total of at bats for Julio Borbon, Nelson Cruz and Josh Hamilton while with the RoughRiders on rehab stints. That trio played in a combined seven games with Frisco during the first half.
  • 78 – Martin Perez’s strikeout total, which was second in the Texas League. Only Corpus Christi’s Xavier Cedeno (79) had more.
  • 65 – The number of transactions that the RoughRiders made, which included things such as a trade with Cincinnati, a promotion from Low-A Hickory, a $15.5 million-dollar addition, and much more.
  • 17 – Frisco’s come-from-behind victories during the first half. This means that the ‘Riders trailed at some point during 42.5% of their wins.
  • 2 – The number of days that the RoughRiders spent in a tie for first place. Frisco never had the top spot to itself because of the dominance of San Antonio (49-21 in the first half).
  • 9 – The number of RoughRiders who will head to San Antonio for the 75th Texas League All-Star Game.
  • 44 – The number of players who have appeared for the RoughRiders this season. 24 of those are pitchers.
  • 2.8 – The percentage of the second half that has been completed.

That last number means that there is still a long way to go in 2011. Join us for game three of half two tonight along the RoughRiders Baseball Network. Pre-game coverage begins at 6:35 for the ‘Riders and the Hooks. Enjoy!

- Brian

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