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All-‘Riders Team: Designated Hitter

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 designated hitter.

Drafted in the tenth round out of Gonzaga University in the 2002 draft by the Texas Rangers, Nate Gold put up some big numbers in the minor leagues throughout his professional career. After spending the 2003 season in Low-A Clinton, Gold hit .242 with 20 home runs in 2004 for High-A Stockton. Gold repeated High-A in 2005 and hit .272 and 21 home runs for the Bakersfield Blaze. He made his Double-A debut at the end of the season, playing in 23 games for Frisco. However, his big season was still on the horizon.

In his first full year with the Frisco RoughRiders in 2006, Nate Gold hit a franchise best 34 home runs and drove in 103 runs in 120 games. He hit .292 with a career best .958 OPS. On July 13, the Bountiful, Utah native went 4 for 6 with three home runs and six RBI. He also scored four runs in the game. It was one of three multi home run games during the season. Gold set a season best seven RBI on August 3 when he went 3 for 5 with two home runs.

After Frisco, Gold spent the next two seasons playing for the Oklahoma City Redhawks. After just 25 games in 2009, Gold was released by the Texas Rangers. He finished his professional career with 829 hits, 204 doubles, 148 home runs, and 607 RBI over eight seasons. He had five consecutive 20+ home runs seasons from 2004-2008. He drove in 100 or more runs twice and finished with 90+ RBI four times in total. He also hit 30+ doubles in three different seasons and finished with 50 or more extra base hits during six consecutive years from 2003-2008.

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What’s That Sound?

That sound is the RoughRiders making quite a charge late in the regular season. The ‘Riders own a four-game winning streak, with the last two victories coming against the San Antonio Missions. This will most likely be the first round playoff matchup in the Texas League South, and it should be fascinating based on the last two games. Here are some notable stats after last night’s win.

5: The RoughRiders’ current home winning streak, which is the longest of the year. Three of those five victories have come by just one run. Overall this year, the club is 38-27 at home.

Carlos Pimentel has had San Antonio's number this season (James Garner).

7: The ‘Riders have hit seven home runs in their last three games, all of which were wins. During Frisco’s four-game losing skid that preceded this run, the club only hit two homers. In the entire month of August, the ‘Riders have only hit 16 long balls, so the power is coming back for the RoughRiders.

13: How many one-run games the RoughRiders and Missions have played this season. San Antonio owns a narrow 7-6 edge in these games. Overall in the season series, the Missions lead 18-12, but Frisco is an even 7-7 at Dr Pepper Ballpark.

14: Frisco is now 14 games above .500, which is one away from matching a season high. The ‘Riders were 15 games above .500 three times (July 14, July 24, and July 26).

29-2: This stat is courtesy of Mike Saeger, the play-by-play broadcaster for the Missions. San Antonio is 29-2 when hitting two or more home runs. The second loss came last night against the RoughRiders.

30: Mike Bianucci’s home run total this season, which puts him second on the RoughRiders’ all-time list for a single season home run mark. Bianucci is four away from Nate Gold’s record of 34. If Bianucci plays in every game the rest of the regular season, he is on pace for 33 homers.

39.1: The number of innings Carlos Pimentel has worked against San Antonio, and the righty is 2-0 with a 2.97 earned run average. Not bad for a guy who has a 5.21 ERA overall.

And most importantly…

14: The number of days until Game 1 of the Texas League playoffs.

– Brian