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‘Riders on the Record is a weekly rundown of the pre-game interviews record by broadcasters Alex Vispoli and Nathan Barnett with RoughRiders players and coaches and occasionally a special guest. You can find all previous editions by clicking here.
The end of July saw a brutal offensive stretch for the ‘Riders but also produced some great audio for ‘Riders on the Record. Highlights include Joe Benson telling us what it is like to face a knuckleball, Kyle McClellan on the whereabouts of his World Series ring and Jon Edwards on his wild path from Cardinals outfielder to Rangers reliever.
Happy Sunday and enjoy!
Sunday, July 28, 2013 – ‘Riders Manager Steve Buechele
In the midst of the longest scoreless streak of the season, the ‘Riders manager Steve Buechele talks about what he can do to get his players out of the slump. He explains the balance of the positive and negative management style that he tries to strike. A former big leaguer, Buechele remembers how he got out of slumps in his career. (w/ Alex Vispoli)
Monday, July 29, 2013 – OF Joe Benson
Just off the disabled list, Joe talks about his return to the team from a groin injury. He gives his take on the team’s offensive woes. Facing a knuckleballer the previous day in Eddie Bonine, he gives us an idea of what it’s like to face the pitch. (w/ Alex)
Tuesday, July 30, 2013 – RP Kyle McClellan
A World Series Champion with the Cardinals in 2010, Kyle McClellan has pitched for the ‘Riders, the Triple-A Express and the Texas Rangers this season. He talks about coming back from injury and the different pitching coaches in the Rangers organization that have helped him along this season. He looks back at his Series win and why he came to Texas in the offseason. He also shares his hiding place for his World Series Ring. (w/ Alex)
Wednesday, July 31, 2013 – 1B Brett Nicholas
After a career night, Brett talks about his comfort level after the plate after his first mini slump of the season. He does his best to explain the offensive lull the ‘Riders experienced over the last week when the team was shutout for 38 consecutive innings. He talks about his adjustments at the plate and how he worked out of his funk. Brett also gives us a sense of what big league rehabbers mean to the clubhouse. (w/ Alex)
Thursday, August 1, 2013 – RP Jimmy Reyes
On the day the ‘Riders received five new players from the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, Jimmy explains what it’s like as a player to go through the transition of losing teammates and getting new ones. A good friend of Luke Jackson, one of the top pitching prospects in the Texas system, Jimmy tells us what we can expect from Luke. (w/ Nathan Barnett)
Friday, August 2, 2013 – RP Jon Edwards
Jon Edwards has one of those fascinating baseball stories. A converted outfielder originally drafted by the Cardinals, Edwards is now a pitcher in the Texas system, and with Frisco, is pitching back home. The Keller native talks about his wild ride through baseball, which included stops in the North American League and the Pecos League in independent baseball before his arrival back in affiliated ball as a rediscovered pitcher. (w/ Nathan)
Saturday, August 3, 2013 – Coach Corey Tucker
A member of the RoughRiders organization since the team’s inaugural season in 2003, Corey Tucker has seen the ballpark and town around it change over the years and watched a number of great ballplayers come through Frisco. He reminisces on the changes to the park and on some of the great players and coaches he has been around including Andre Ethier, Mike Napoli and Elvis Andrus. (w/ Nathan)
Baseball term of the day – getaway bag – first base
(term from The Dickson Baseball Dictionary)
It’s that time of year where major league teams are wheeling and dealing. Here are three former ‘Riders who have recently packed their bags because of a major league trade or free agency:
1. Taylor Teagarden
Of the three, the Rangers’ trade of Taylor is the most recent and the most talked about in DFW. The Rangers announced the trade yesterday afternoon, dealing the Dallas native, and former University of Texas star, to Baltimore for right-handed pitcher Randy Henry and a player to be named later. According to Richard Durrett of ESPNDallas.com, the PTBNL won’t be determined until after the Rule-5 draft next Thursday.
We’re now all familiar with what Mike Napoli is capable of, and Yorvit Torrealba proved to be capable as well. With both catchers under contract for 2012, the odds of Taylor making the major league roster out of spring training wasn’t good. In Baltimore he’ll now be backing up Matt Wieters.
Meanwhile, Henry is a 21-year-old Arnett Ok. native. Selected in the 4th round of 2009 by Baltimore, Henry has worked exclusively out of the bullpen in his brief two-year minor league career. He spent 2011 in Low-A and High-A and combined to go 4-3 with a 2.22 ERA in 52 2/3 innings with eight walks and 40 strikeouts.
According to Durrett, “Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus tweeted that Henry has a plus fastball with command and good velocity and sink on his pitches. One scout said he throws between 90-93 mph with a nice slider and is a good athlete.”
Always a chance we’ll see him in Frisco in 2012.
2. Josh Lueke
Josh only made 15 appearances with the ‘Riders in 2010 before being dealt with Matt Lawson, Blake Beavan, and Justin Smoak in the Cliff Lee deal. Josh had an overpowering 96-98 mph fastball that he struggled to control at times against Texas League batters.
In 25 games with the M’s this year, the former 16th round pick went 1-1, 6.06 ERA in 25 games. Now 26-years-old, Josh also pitched in 30 games with Triple-A Tacoma in 2011 and went 2-4, 2.76 ERA.
3. Brandon Boggs
The RoughRiders’ center fielder in 2007, Brandon Boggs recently signed a minor league contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Originally from (my hometown of) St. Louis, Boggs was a 4th round pick of the Rangers in 2004. On November 23, 2010, Boggs signed a major league contract with the Milwaukee Brewers, but was outrighted to Triple-A Nashville near the end of spring training 2011. He declared for free agency on October 17, 2011.
In 104 games with Frisco in 2007, the switch hitter hit .266 with 19 home runs and 66 runs batted in. Now 28-years-old, Boggs played in 94 games with Nashville in 2011 hitting .241 with 9 homers and 28 RBIs.
All the best to these three former ‘Riders in new homes.