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RoughRiders’ Average First Half Lineup Card

70 down, 70 to go.

Frisco finished the first half with a 2-1 win over Midland last night. While we look ahead to what will come, including hopefully a ‘Riders second half title and a playoff berth, now is as good a time as ever to look back at what has been.

Remember when Odubel Herrera was the primary leadoff hitter? How about when Jared Hoying hit third every single one of his first 32 starts, a spot now clearly controlled by Brett Nicholas. Or how about the revolving door in the #2 spot in the order that saw Ryan Strausborger bat in eight times but only once since April 25.

The lineup has changed quite a bit over the course of the year, and I thought it might neat to take a closer look. Thus, I present the unofficial Steve Buechele RoughRiders Average First Half Lineup Card:

1st Half Lineup

This was an inexact science, but the idea was to present the amalgamation of the most common occurrences in the lineup over the first 70 games. I started with the top nine position players in terms of games started. Jared Hoying played more often than Guilder Rodriguez when on the active roster but his injury and subsequent promotion but him a few starts behind Rogirguez, Chih-Hsien Chiang and Tomas Telis for total starts.

I could have gone with the player who has played the most at each position, but that would mean Selen would be the DH (with 21 starts at DH, Chiang was second with 10 starts at DH), but Selen only made 32 overall starts in the first half, which ranked 11th on the team in total starts, so that didn’t make as much sense.

From there, I tried to place the most common spot in the lineup for each of the nine players, but that led to a few problems as well. For example: of the nine players, Chiang made the most starts in the #5 spot (22) but he made more starts in the #6 spot (28), which was also the most among the nine players, so he was the obvious choice there. Odubel Herrera and Teodoro Martinez batted leadoff more than anywhere else, but as you will see, Odubel became the #7 hitter, which has been the most inconsistently filled spot in the lineup. It’s the only spot that hasn’t had at least one player with more than 20 starts in that position of the lineup card.

The good news is, filling out the defense was easy. Of the nine players, each player’s most common position did not overlap save for one situation. Both Rodriguez and Buchholz played 3B more than anywhere else. Buchholz played almost twice as many times at the hot corner than G-Rod, though, so Rodriguez became the DH by default.

Martinez_Teodoro1. #3 Teodoro Martinez LF – Cafe has led off 23 times, including 22 of his last 23 starts. The one aberration in that stretch was batting second behind Ian Kinsler when he rehabbed with the RoughRiders last week–not a shameful move into the #2 spot. That consistency, along with the fact that he has really only hit in the #9 spot consistently otherwise (which needed to go to Alberto as you will see) won him the choice over Odubel Herrera in this spot. The ‘Riders are 14-9 when Martinez bats in the top spot. He is hitting .270 as the #1 batter, which is actually his lowest average at any spot in the lineup with more than 4 at bats; his .731 OPS, however, is the second highest (.759 in the #9 spot). As far the position goes, Teo has been the left fielder on 47 of the 70 lineup cards, which only trails Ryan Strausborger among outfield starts at one position.

Rodriguez_Guilder2. #6 Guilder Rodriguez DH – It’s ironic that the super-utility man Rodriguez is the DH. Or maybe it’s just stupidity on my part. G-Rod has actually only DH’d 3 times. Only Zach Zaneski and Hanser Alberto have DH’d less, but I had nowhere else to put him. If I could fill out the lineup card with him as the UTIL player, I would, but that’s just not allowed. The 29-year-old Venezuelan has played 12 games at 1B, 9 at 2B, 21 at 3B and 6 at SS. He leads the team in walks and on-base percentage (.0008 better than Brett Nicholas) and makes good contact, making him a good #2 hole hitter. He is hitting .309 in this spot this year and boasts a better than .400 OBP. He also has only one homer this year (and second of his career) in the spot in the order, which is good enough reason by itself. The fact that he has hit there more than anywhere else in the order, no one has any many starts in that spot as him, and no one else has primarily been the #2 hitter make G-Rod the obvious choice here.

Nicholas_Brett3. #29 Brett Nicholas 1B – Brett Nicholas made 28 of his first 30 appearances in the cleanup spot. Since that point, Nicholas has been the consistent pencil-in at number three. Nicholas has hit third more than any other player has hit in a single spot in the lineup. It has changed much as far as his production. In 33 games in the three spot, he is hitting .314/.383/.529. His production in the cleanup spot was nearly identical .291/.364/.556. He has struck out 50% more in the three hole (33 Ks vs. 22 Ks). As far as first base goes, only Hanser Alberto and Odubel Herrera have made more starts at one position (64 at SS, 60 at 2B) than Nicholas has at 1B (57)–a no brainer.

Buchholz_Alex4. #5 Alex Buchholz 3B – Buch has started 40 of the RoughRiders 70 games at the hot corner and only Brett Nicholas has more starts in the cleanup spot than him. This is all despite a three-week stint for the former Reds farmhand with the Rangers Triple-A club in Round Rock (where he hit eighth mostly and split time between DH and 3B, in case you were curious). He has 19 starts in the #5 spot but the cleanup spot really has suited him nicely. He is hitting .299 there with four of his six home runs. He is batting just .222 in the middle spot of the lineup.

Telis_Tomas5. #13 Tomas Telis C – Telis has been a shifting part of the middle to back-end of Buechele’s lineup. With 13 starts in the five and six spots of the lineup and 12 in the seven spot, he sort of defaulted into this position. Both Buchholz and Chiang have more starts than Telis at #5 but made more sense where they are at #4 and #6. He has received the bulk of the catching starts (38 of 70), 13 more than Zaneski. This has also been Telis’ best spot in the order as far as the batting average (.321), although all three of his home runs have come batting sixth, including the shot that won a fan a brand new Jeep.

Chiang_Chih-Hsien6. #11 Chih-Hsien Chiang RF – This one was easy. The first ever Taiwanese-born RoughRider was the most often used player in right field this season as well as the number six spot in the order. The same was true of Chiang’s starts. He made 22 in the number five spot, six less than number six. His starts in left (14) and DH (10) were far outweighed by his playing time in right field (36). He hasn’t hit his best in the number six spot. In fact his .202 batting average hitting sixth is the worst of the five spots in the order that he has hit in.

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7. #7 Odubel Herrera 2B – The hardest man to place, Herrera actually spent more time in the leadoff spot than any other player and hit second more often than seventh. He hasn’t hit leadoff since May 22 though. At least his position was easy to place. Outside of Alberto at SS, Herrera has made the most starts at one position with 60 at second base. He is hitting .304 in the #7 spot, his highest average of any spot in the lineup in which he has started more than one game, so that helps. I’ll run with that stat and leave it at that. Plus, he is hitting there tonight to begin the second half.

Strausborger_Ryan8. #4 Ryan Strausborger CF – With 63 starts in the outfield, Ryan Strausborger has been by far the most commonly placed player into the lineup as an outfielder. His 54 centerfield starts is most for any ‘Riders player at one spot in the outfield. His spot in the order has been less predictable. Ryan has hit second (8 starts), fifth (2), sixth (12), seventh (20), eighth (23), and ninth (1). His .247 average and .301 on-base percentage batting eighth is best of any spot he has hit in the order.

Alberto_Hanser9. #2 Hanser Alberto SS – Alberto began and finished the first half in the last spot of the order. He did 26 other times in between, beating out the second spot in the order for most starts for him. The 64 out of 70 day shortstop was the most commonly started position player at one position and his 28 starts in the #9 spot trail only Brett Nicholas in the three and four spot (33,32), Hoying in the three spot (32), and Herrera in the leadoff spot (29) for most starts in one spot of the order. Hanser hit .222 in the first half in the last spot in the order while he hit .288 in the #2 spot, but that is more of a function of him hitting second while hitting well and not hitting well because he was batting second. The youngest player in the Texas League at season’s open finished behind only Brett Nicholas and Ryan Strausborger with 65 starts.

The rest…

  • The bench players are all of the position players who didn’t make the starting nine that have played for the ‘Riders this year.
  • Neil Ramirez made it on the card as the most oft-used starting pitcher on the staff. He has made 14 starts. Carlos Pimentel checks in second with 13 games started.
  • The #5 spot is the only one in the lineup in which every active member of the roster has made at least one start in. Even Joe Benson has a start there, and he has only made eight starts in total.
  • Brett Nicholas and Jared Hoying were the most stable forces in the Frisco lineup in the first half. The two appeared in only three different spots (#3, #4, and #5). Every other RoughRider was placed in at least four different spots in the order in the first half.

– Nathan

Baseball term of the day: rabbit – a player with great speed

(term from The Baseball Thesaurus)

‘Riders on the Record: Kinsler’s ribs, “Pudge” teaching the youth and three All-Stars

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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.

A star-studded week for ‘Riders on the Record brings us conversations with three ‘Riders selected to the Texas League All-Star roster, a Rangers Hall-of-Famer and an All-Star big league rehabber.

Happy Sunday (and Father’s Day!) and enjoy!

Sunday, June 9, 2013 – Manager Steve Buechele


‘Riders manager Steve Buechele breaks down the most recent start from Carlos Pimentel and discusses the keys to his success. He also talks about managing Tyler Tufts, who has been shifted into the RoughRiders rotation, and how to gauge his readiness later into games. (w/ Alex Vispoli)

Tuesday, June 11, 2013 – 1B Brett Nicholas

Brett Nicholas sits down to talk about his recent All-Star nod and the excitement he has to play on the squad. He talks about his admiration for fellow All-Star, Midland’s Anthony Aliotti. He also weighs on the best conversationalist in the league, based on his chit-chats at the first base bag. (w/ Alex Vispoli)

Wednesday, June 12, 2013 – C Tomas Telis


The ‘Riders All-Star Catcher Tomas Telis comes to share his story of finding out the news about the All-Star game. He tells us who he would like to catch in the All-Star game that he has had to face as a batter. He also explains what his “off” days are like and how being a student of the game as a catcher helps his approach at the plate. (w/ Nathan Barnett)

Thursday, June 13, 2013 – Rangers HOF Catcher Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez


Legendary Rangers catcher, now Special Assistant to Rangers General Manager Jon Daniels, Ivan Rodriguez joined the pre-game show to talk with us about his new role with the Rangers and the development of the young catchers in the Rangers system. He also touches on how it feels to be a part of the Texas Rangers Hall of Fame. (w/ Nathan)

Friday, June 14, 2013 – Rangers 2B Ian Kinsler


Texas Rangers rehabbing All-Star second baseman Ian Kinsler talks about the state of his rehab, the importance of playing in the field while on the assignment and the history of his rib injury. He also reminisces on his time in Frisco as a member of the RoughRiders. (w/ Nathan)

Saturday, June 15, 2013 – RHP Ben Rowen

RoughRiders All-Star reliever Ben Rowen talks about how he heard about his Mid-Season All-Star honors and what it means to him in his first Double-A level. He talks about the influence of Chad Bradford. He also touches on his love for hockey and his beloved LA Kings. (w/ Nathan)

– Nathan

Baseball term of the day: diamond artist – a 1930s term for a ballplayer

(term from The Baseball Thesaurus)

Ian Kinsler: a RoughRider again

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Kinsler’s second at-bat on Thursday night

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Thursday’s lineup card

Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler, rehabbing from a right intercostal muscle strain, made his first rehab appearance last night, going 0-for-4 with a pair of strikeouts, serving as the designated hitter and batting leadoff.

In the first inning, he struck out looking on a borderline fastball on the outside corner from Corpus Christi starter Nick Tropeano. He flew out to shallow right field in the third. In his third trip to the plate, it was shades of the first, as he was called out again on strikes on a similar pitch near the outside corner. He made good contact against reliever Bobby Doran in the eighth, lining out to left fielder Michael Burgess to complete his night.

Originally expected to make his return to the Rangers lineup in early June, it was found that Kinsler also had a stress reaction in his ribcage as well, adding a couple weeks to his recovery time.

Now that time has come. Kinsler is expected to play in the field, at second base, tonight and tomorrow for the ‘Riders, and if all goes well, he will return to the Ranger lineup on Sunday. And they sure could use their spark plug.

The Rangers are just 4-8 in June and the offense is scoring an average of three runs per game in the 12 contests this month. Texas was 27-14 before Kinsler sat out of a start with the first pains in his rib cage. Since then, Texas is 11-14 and scoring 4.12 runs per game, and that includes three extra-innings games (one that took 18 innings). They scored 4.9 runs a game with him in the lineup.

For some perspective the #15 and #16 ranked MLB clubs in runs per game have scored 4.27 and 4.22 respectively. The Kinsler-powered Rangers would currently rank sixth in the majors, while the Kinsler-less squad would check in at 19th in runs per game.

For ‘Riders fans, Kinsler is a familiar face. This is the third season Kinsler has rehabbed with the club (first stints coming in 2009 and 2010). In 2004, the second baseman was still playing as a shortstop, and exclusively so, in the minors. He split his ’04 campaign between Low-A Clinton and Double-A Frisco (skipping Advanced-A Stockton). He led the Midwest League in batting average (.402), doubles (30), RBI (52) and on-base percentage (.465) before his promotion to the RoughRiders in June.

The 22-year-old proved ready for Double-A pitching:

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Year Age Tm G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG
2004 22 Frisco 71 326 277 51 83 21 1 9 46 7 4 32 47 .300 .400 .480
2009 27 Frisco 2 9 7 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 .000 .222 .000
2010 28 Frisco 6 23 19 3 5 0 1 0 6 2 0 2 3 .263 .348 .368
2013 31 Frisco 1 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .000 .000 .000
AA (4 seasons) 80 362 307 55 88 21 2 9 52 9 4 35 53 .287 .388 .456
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 6/14/2013.

In his first week in Frisco he clubbed a home run off Andy Pettitte, making a rehab start for the Astros for then Double-A Houston affiliate Round Rock (now the Rangers Triple-A club). He earned Texas League Player of the week honors that week and was the Rangers Minor League Player of the Month in June. At season’s end he was named Texas Rangers Tom Grieve Minor League Player of the Year.

At Triple-A the following season, the Rangers converted Kinsler to second base, he clubbed 23 home runs and hit .274 against Pacific Coast League pitching. In 2006, he broke camp with the big league club, and the rest, as they say, is history.

– Nathan

Baseball term of the day: ungodly shota hard line drive
(term from The Dickson Baseball Dictionary)

Kinsler’s 2004 season with the RoughRiders

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The second RoughRiders Roundtable of the season is here!

The latest episode of RoughRiders Roundtable Podcast is now posted.  You can find the entry by clicking here.

Alex Vispoli, Nathan Barnett and Jason Cole of Lone Star Dugout –along with producer Ted Price – team up to discuss the ups and downs of the ‘Riders’ first half of the 2013 season.

In the season’s second episode of the podcast (#11 overall), the three talk about Frisco’s first baseman Brett Nicholas and outfielder Teodoro Martinez.  Nathan also speaks with newcomer outfielder Joe Benson on his start in the Rangers system.  The pitching of reliever Wilmer Font and the injury of Roman Mendez are also discussed.

We will post a link to each RoughRiders Roundtable here on the Insider Blog. You can also subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or by linking the RSS feed to your device or RSS reader.

-Ryan

Baseball term of the day: pound the pavement-To swing at and miss a pitched ball

Home Sweet Home: First-half stretch run

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The Frisco RoughRiders return to Dr Pepper Ballpark tonight for the longest home stand of the year. In many ways, however, it is two home stands, as the first six games will end the first half, while the second set of six contests begins half number two.

With six games to play before crowning a first half champion from both division, the RoughRiders are only two game back of first place in the Texas League South Division. They trail Corpus Christi, their opponent for the next four days and for eight of the twelve games this home stand.

It is certainly possible that these two teams tie (gasp!) at the conclusion of the first half, and in that case, it is important to know how that tiebreaker will go:

Sec 22, c, i. In the event of a percentage tie in the first half season, the championship of that season will be broken by the outcome of the first scheduled game played between the two teams in the second half, with that game also being counted in the second half standings.

(Source)

That means that a week from tomorrow, Thursday, June 20 would be a winner-take-all game of the first half title.

The Astros affiliate, led by the MiLB home run leader George Springer, bring three All-Star pitchers to Frisco in Jake Buchanan, David Martinez and Michael Foltynewicz, two who will start, and one (Foltynewicz) we should expect to see in relief of Martinez on Saturday.

Tonight will be the first chance for DFW area fans to see the RoughRiders after their seven all-star selections were announced yesterday.

Here is how the first six games of the home stand line up as far as the pitching matchups go:

Wednesday: RHP Nick McBride (0-2, 11.70) vs. RHP Jake Buchanan (7-0, 0.80)

Thursday: RHP Carlos Pimentel (7-2, 2.96) vs. RHP Nick Tropeano (1-4, 3.71)

Friday: RHP Tyler Tufts (1-1, 3.79) vs. RHP Ruben Alaniz (2-6, 6.22)

Saturday: RHP Neil Ramirez (7-2, 3.39) vs. RHP David Martinez

Sunday: RHP Kevin Pucetas vs. RHP Sean Murphy (3-2, 4.88 ERA)

Monday: TBA (But if rotations stay the same should be:

RHP Nick McBride (0-2, 11.70) vs. Carlos Hernandez (2-5, 3.59 ERA)

Wednesday, June 12   |   7:05 p.m.   | RoughRiders vs. Corpus Christi Hooks (HOU)
Radio: RidersBaseball.com    Webstream: MiLB.tv 

Promotions (click here and also here for more details):

  • Dollar Dog Night
  • RoughRiders Horse Race presented by Whataburger

Thursday, June 13   |   7:05 p.m.   | RoughRiders vs. Corpus Christi Hooks (HOU)
Radio: RidersBaseball.com    Webstream: MiLB.tv 

Promotions (click here and also here for more details)

  • $1 Dr Pepper Thursdays
  • RoughRiders Horse Race presented by Whataburger

Friday, June 14   |   7:05 p.m.   | RoughRiders vs. Corpus Christi Hooks (HOU)
Radio: RidersBaseball.com    Webstream: MiLB.tv 

Promotions (click here and also here for more details):

  • Friday Night Post-game fireworks
  • Free Elvis Andrus Replica Jersey T-Shirts courtesy of Nationwide Insurance
  • Smashburger SMASH inning

Saturday, June 15   |   7:05 p.m.   | RoughRiders vs. Corpus Christi Hooks (HOU)
TV: KTXD    Radio: RidersBaseball.com    Webstream: MiLB.tv 

Promotions (click here and also here for more details):

  • Free Elvis Andrus Replica Jersey T-Shirts courtesy of Nationwide Insurance
  • Batter Up for Banking
  • Free ‘Riders Sunshade presented by Colony Air Conditioning & Heating and Carrier

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Sunday, June 16   |   4:05 p.m.   | RoughRiders vs. Midland RockHounds (OAK)
TV: KTXD    Radio: RidersBaseball.com    Webstream: MiLB.tv 

Promotions (click here and also here for more details):

  • Dairy Queen Triple Play
  • Kids Run the Bases
  • RoughRiders Horse Race presented by Whataburger

Monday, June 17   |   7:05 p.m.   | RoughRiders vs. Midland RockHounds (OAK)
Radio: RidersBaseball.com    Webstream: MiLB.tv 

Promotions (click here and also here for more details):

Tuesday, June 18   |   7:05 p.m.   | RoughRiders vs. Midland RockHounds (OAK)
Radio: RidersBaseball.com    Webstream: MiLB.tv 

Promotions (click here and also here for more details)

  • RoughRiders Horse Race presented by Whataburger

Wednesday, June 19   |  11:05 a.m.   | RoughRiders vs. Midland RockHounds (OAK)
Radio: RidersBaseball.com    Webstream: MiLB.tv 

Promotions (click here and also here for more details):

  • Dollar Dog Night
  • RoughRiders Horse Race presented by Whataburger

Thursday, June 20   |   7:05 p.m.   | RoughRiders vs. Corpus Christi Hooks (HOU)
Radio: RidersBaseball.com    Webstream: MiLB.tv 

Promotions (click here and also here for more details):

  • $1 Dr Pepper Thursdays

Friday, June 21   |   7:05 p.m.   | RoughRiders vs. Corpus Christi Hooks (HOU)
TV: KTXD    Radio: RidersBaseball.com    Webstream: MiLB.tv 

Promotions (click here and also here for more details):

  • Friday Night Post-game fireworks
  • Free Elvis Andrus Replica Jersey T-Shirts courtesy of Nationwide Insurance
  • Smashburger SMASH inning
  • Free ‘Riders Tumbler presented by Total Air and Heat and Carrier

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Saturday, June 22   |   7:05 p.m.   | RoughRiders vs. Corpus Christi Hooks (HOU)
TV: KTXD    Radio: RidersBaseball.com    Webstream: MiLB.tv 

Promotions (click here and also here for more details):

  • Free Elvis Andrus Replica Jersey T-Shirts courtesy of Nationwide Insurance
  • RoughRiders Horse Race presented by Whataburger

Sunday, June 23   |   4:05 p.m.   | RoughRiders vs. Corpus Christi Hooks (HOU)
Radio: RidersBaseball.com    Webstream: MiLB.tv 

Promotions (click here and also here for more details):

  • Dairy Queen Triple Play
  • Kids Run the Bases

– Nathan

Baseball term of the day: fandango a strikeout

RoughRiders sending seven to 2013 Texas League All-Star Game

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The Texas League announced the Mid-Season All-Star teams today and seven RoughRiders have been selected to the South Division squad.

Odubel Herrera will serve as the starting second baseman, and Brett Nicholas is the starting DH for the South Division team. Tomas Telis and Guilder Rodriguez made the team as reserves. Starters Carlos Pimentel and Neil Ramirez made the team as did relief pitcher Ben Rowen.

More details, including bios on each player, can be found at RidersBaseball.com.

Here is the complete roster of both teams:

 2013 South Division All-Star Team

Starters

POS PLAYER TEAM
C RENE GARCIA CC
1B ANTHONY ALIOTTI MID
2B ODUBEL HERRERA FRI
SS DUSTY COLEMAN MID
3B JAKE BLACKWOOD SA
OF REYMOND FUENTES SA
OF RICO NOEL SA
OF GEORGE SPRINGER CC
DH BRETT NICHOLAS FRI

Reserves

POS PLAYER TEAM
C TOMAS TELIS FRI
INF GUILDER RODRIGUEZ FRI
INF JEUDY VALDEZ SA
OF JAKE GOEBBERT MID
OF DOMINGO SANTANA CC

Pitchers

PLAYER TEAM
MATT ANDRIESE SA
JAKE BUCHANAN CC
MIKE FOLTYNEWICZ CC
DAVID MARTINEZ CC
CARLOS PIMENTEL FRI
KEVIN QUACKENBUSH SA
NEIL RAMIREZ FRI
BEN ROWEN FRI
MURPHY SMITH MID
MATT STITES SA

2013 North Division All-Star Team

Starters

POS PLAYER TEAM
C JETT BANDY ARK
1B C.J. CRON ARK
2B ANGELYS NINA TUL
SS ORLANDO CALIXTE NWA
3B RUBEN GOTAY SPR
OF KENT MATTHES TUL
OF MIKE O’NEILL SPR
OF KYLE PARKER TUL
DH KIEL ROLING TUL

Reserves

POS PLAYER TEAM
C MITCH CANHAM NWA
INF ANGEL FRANCO NWA
INF TAYLOR LINDSEY ARK
OF RANDAL GRICHUK ARK
OF THOMAS PHAM SPR

Pitchers

PLAYER TEAM
LAY BATISTA ARK
CHRISTIAN BERGMAN TUL
KEITH BUTLER SPR
DERYK HOOKER SPR
BRANDON HYNICK ARK
KEVIN JOHNSON ARK
TYLER MATZEK TUL
MIKE PIAZZA ARK
KEVIN THOMAS SPR
YORDANO VENTURA NWA

– Nathan

Baseball term of the day: all to the mustardin good physical condition 

(term from The Dickson Baseball Dictionary)

‘Riders on the Record: owning seven gloves and hunting hogs

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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.

This week, highlights include the Manager’s appreciation for the submarining right-hander, a fascinating conversation with Danny Clark (editor’s note: my favorite interview of the year thus far), and hunting stories from Kevin Pucetas.

Happy Sunday and enjoy!

Sunday, June 2, 2013 – Manager Steve Buechele


This week’s Sunday chat with ‘Riders manager Steve Buechele finished up the home stand for the RoughRiders. He hits on Mike Olt‘s strange vision issues and the torrid start for Joe Benson. He lauds Ben Rowen for getting his team out of so many jams. (w/ Alex Vispoli)

Tuesday, June 4, 2013 – RHP Nick McBride


Nick McBride joins us for the first time this season. He talks about his bouncing around the Rangers system. He weighs on his favorite pitching role, whether he wants to be a starter or reliever. (w/ Alex)

Wednesday, June 5, 2013 – Danny Clark


The Rangers Minor League Pitcher Coordinator Danny Clark took some time out of his day to join the pregame show to discuss the state of the Rangers arms. He tells us that Randy Henry will be pitching in short stints following his return from the DL. He talks about the inconsistencies of Wilmer Font, the enigma of Ben Rowen and the philosophies of the Rangers in promoting their pitchers. He also outlines a number of guys who could be the next RoughRiders pitcher coming up from the lower levels. (w/ Alex)

Thursday, June 6, 2013 – Missions Broadcaster Mike Saeger


Missions broadcaster Mike Saeger chats with the Voice of the RoughRiders Alex Vispoli before the game Friday night. They discuss the Missions inability to field against the RoughRiders. Saeger talks about the quietly impressive year of Padres prospect Matt Andriese and Kalian Sams bursting onto the scene. (w/ Alex)

Friday, June 7, 2013 – IF Guilder Rodriguez


The RoughRiders utility infielder owns nearly enough gloves to field a whole team. Guilder Rodriguez talks about playing multiple positions and how he prepares for the combination of situations he must be ready for on a day-to-day basis. He talks about his big hit the previous night, which gave the RoughRiders a big one-run win in San Antonio. (w/ Alex)

Saturday, June 8, 2013 – RHP Kevin Pucetas


RoughRiders starting pitcher Kevin Pucetas joins us and breaks down where he is mentally and physically close to the mid-way point for the season. He also shares his favorite hobby, hunting, and tells a story of nearly breaking a North Texas record! (w/ Alex)

– Nathan

Baseball term of the day: coop –  dugout

(term from The Baseball Thesaurus)

We’ve got your horse right here: Belmont Edition

Find horse racing boring? Cheer with your favorite RoughRiders player and their horse today!

Coverage is underway and the horses post at 5:30 CT.

Just like in the horse racing, no RoughRider won both of the first two legs of predictions. Phil Klein took the Derby with the selection of Orb. Four players won the Preakness States with Oxbox: Jimmy Reyes, Odubel Herrera, Chih-Hsien Chiang and Ben Rowen

While no one can take all three legs of “We’ve got your horse right” series, if one of the previous winners predicts correctly today they could be the only to select two legs right. If Vyjack wins today, both Ben Rowen and Odubel Herrera would have two wins, but the other three winners are spread over three horse selections.

Like the previous two, the RoughRiders were told the names of the horse but not their odds. Without further ado:

The 2013 Frisco RoughRiders

Pick the Belmont Stakes Winner

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***Post Position – Horse – Odds – RoughRiders player who selected it***

***(odds of winning as of June 8, 12:00 pm CT)***

#1 – Frac Daddy – 30:1 – RHP Arlett Mavare, RHP Carlos Pimentel

#2 – Freedom Child – 8:1 – RHP Tyler Tufts

#3 – Overanalyze – 12: 1 – 3B Alex Buchholz, OF Joe Benson, SS Hanser Alberto, IF Guilder Rodriguez

#4 – Giant Finish – 30:1 – RHP Neil Ramirez

#5 – Orb – 3:1 – 1B Brett Nicholas, OF Teodoro Martinez, C Tomas Telis

#6 – Incognito – 20:1 – LHP Jimmy Reyes

#7 – Oxbox – 5:1 – RHP Kevin Pucetas, RHP Ryan Rodebaugh, RHP Justin Miller, RHP Randy Henry

#8 – Midnight Taboo – 30:1 – RHP Wilmer Font

#9 – Revolutionary – 9:2 – RHP Phil Klein, IF/OF Alejandro Selen

#10 – Will Take Charge – 20:1 – C Zach Zaneki

#11 – Vyjack – 20:1 – RHP Ben Rowen, 2B Odubel Herrera

#12 – Palace Malice – 15:1 – OF Ryan Strausborger

#13 – Unlimited Budget – 8:1 – LHP Richard Bleier

#14 – Golden Soul – 10:1 – OF Chih-Hsien Chiang, RHP Nick McBride

– Nathan with heaps of help from Alex

Baseball term of the day: unhitch the ice wagonsyn for unhitch the trailer, a phrase said to encourage a slower player to run faster

RoughRiders MLB Alum #100: Chris McGuiness

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94 + Joeseph Ortiz + Leury Garcia + Nick Tepesch + Robbie Erlin + Ross Wolf + Chris McGuiness = 100. 

He has done it. Just moments ago, Chris McGuiness ran onto the field in the bottom of the first inning at the Rogers Centre in Toronto as a member of the Texas Rangers. He is batting eighth in the lineup and due up third in the top of the second. He is the 100th RoughRiders alumni to make the big leagues and sixth this season. In honor of tonight’s milestone for the RoughRiders, here is The List, in its entirety, in alphabetical order:

Name, year(s) as a RoughRider, (rehab assignment years, if applicable) 

  1. Andrus, Elvis, 2008
  2. Arias, Joaquin, 2005, 2010
  3. Bankson, Wes, 2010
  4. Beavan, Blake, 2009-10
  5. Benson, Kris, 2009
  6. Bierbrodt, Nick, 2004
  7. Boggs, Brandon, 2007
  8. Borbon, Julio, 2008, (2011)
  9. Botts, Jason, 2003-2004, 2006
  10. Bourgeois, Jason, 2003-2004
  11. Carlson, Jesse, 2006
  12. Chavez, Endy, 2010
  13. Chavez, Jesse, 2005-2006
  14. Corey, Brian, 2006
  15. Danks, John, 2005-2006
  16. Davis, Chris, 2007-2008
  17. Diamond, Thomas, 2005-06, 2008-09
  18. Diaz, Jose, 2006
  19. Dominguez, Juan, 2003-2005
  20. Drese, Ryan, 2003
  21. Duran, German, 2007
  22. Eppley, Cody, 2010
  23. Erlin, Robert, 2011
  24. Esposito, Brian, 2004-2005
  25. Feldman, Scott, 2005, 2008, (2011)
  26. Feliz, Neftali, 2008, (2011-2012)
  27. Font, Wilmer, 2012
  28. Francisco, Frank, 2003-04, (2005-06, 09)
  29. Galarraga, Armando, 2006-2007
  30. Garcia, Leury, 2012
  31. Gentry, Craig, 2008-2009
  32. Gonzalez, Adrian, 2003
  33. Gordon, Brian, 2008
  34. Grimm, Justin, 2012
  35. Hamburger, Mark, 2010-2011
  36. Harrison, Matt, 2008, (2009-2010)
  37. Hart, Jason, 2005
  38. Holland, Derek, 2008
  39. Hulett, Tug, 2006
  40. Hunter, Tommy, 2008-2009, (2011)
  41. Hurley, Eric, 2006-2007, (2008)
  42. Jimenez, Kelvin, 2004-2005
  43. Karsay, Steve, 2005
  44. Keller, Kris, 2004
  45. Kinsler, Ian, 2004, (2009-2010)
  46. Kirkman, Michael, 2009
  47. Littleton, Wes, 2005-2006
  48. Loe, Kameron, 2004, (2006-2007)
  49. Lueke, Josh, 2010
  50. Madrigal, Warner, 2008, (2010)
  51. Mahar, Kevin, 2006-2007
  52. Mahay, Ron, 2005, 2007
  53. Martin, Leonys, 2011
  54. Masset, Nick, 2004-2006
  55. Mathis, Doug, 2006-2007
  56. Mayberry, John, 2007-08
  57. McDougall, Marshall, 2003-2004
  58. McGuiness, Chris, 2012
  59. Mendoza, Luis, 2006-2007, (2008)
  60. Metcalf, Travis, 2006-2007
  61. Montero, Agustin, 2005
  62. Moreland, Mitch, 2009, (2012)
  63. Moreno, Edwin 2003-2004
  64. Moscoso, Guillermo, 2009
  65. Mosquera, Julio, 2004
  66. Mounce, Tony, 2003
  67. Murray, A.J., 2003, 2005, 2009
  68. Narron, Sam, 2004
  69. Nickeas, Mike, 2005-2006
  70. Nivar, Ramon, 2003
  71. Nix, Laynce, 2003, (2004)
  72. Ogando, Alexi, 2010
  73. Olt, Mike, 2012
  74. Ortiz, Joe, 2012
  75. Oswalt, Roy, 2012
  76. Perez, Martin, 2009-2011
  77. Phillips, Zach, 2009-2010
  78. Pina, Manuel, 2008-2009
  79. Phillips, Zach, 2010
  80. Profar, Jurickson, 2012
  81. Ramirez, Erasmo, 2003
  82. Ramirez, Max, 2008
  83. Ramos, Mario, 2003
  84. Regilio, Nick, 2003
  85. Richardson, Kevin, 2005-2007, 2010
  86. Ross, Robert, 2011
  87. Rupe, Josh, 2004-2005 (2006)
  88. Scheppers, Tanner, 2010-2011
  89. Smoak, Justin, 2009
  90. Strop, Pedro, 2009
  91. Teagarden, Taylor, 2007-08, 2010
  92. Tepesch, Nick, 2012
  93. Thompson, Justin, 2004-2005
  94. Volquez, Edinson, 2005, 2007
  95. White, Bill, 2007
  96. Williams, Randy, 2007
  97. Wilson, C.J., 2003, 2005-2006
  98. Wolf, Ross, 2012-2013
  99. Wright, Jamey, 2007
  100. Young, Chris, 2004

Note: To make this list, the player could not have simply been on a rehab assignment. The player must have been on the active roster for at least one day. Furthermore, not all of the players on this list made their MLB debut following their time with Frisco. Ross Wolf, for example, pitched in the big leagues before pitching for the RoughRiders, but played in the big leagues after he was a RoughRiders pitcher as well. Any player who is a RoughRider and then goes onto the majors qualifies (Roy Oswalt is another good example of this scenario). 

– Nathan

Baseball term of the day: callup – a player who has been promoted to the major leagues

MLB Draft Day: Frisco RoughRiders in the Draft

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In honor of today’s draft, we decided to take a look back at the drafting of today’s Frisco RoughRiders, where they went in the draft and next to whom. Eleven RoughRiders were international non-drafted free agents, and therefore, not subjected to the MLB June Amateur draft. Zach Zaneski, went undrafted in 2008, the lone RoughRider from the US/Canada/Puerto Rico (subject to the draft) not to be drafted by a major league organization.

(Tonight’s draft coverage begins at 5:00 pm CT on MLB Network and at www.MLB.com, by the way)

Here goes the rest of the team, in chronological order:

2006 Draft

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2nd Round, 64nd overall: OF Joe Benson (Joliet Catholic Academy) selected by the Minnesota Twins

Selected directly after Thomas Hickson (Marlins), directly before Drew Carpenter (Phillies)

17th Round, 506th overall: RHP Kevin Pucetas (Limestone College) selected by the San Francisco Giants

Selected directly after Tony Watson (Orioles), directly before Brett Reynolds (Diamondbacks)

47th Round, 1392 overall: RHP Justin Miller (Bakersfield College) selected by Colorado Rockies (DID NOT SIGN)

Selected directly after Ryan Cisterna (Royals), directly before Brandon Brown (Devil Rays)

2007 Draft

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Supplemental 1st Round, 44th overall: RHP Neil Ramirez (Kempsville HS) selected by the Texas Rangers

Selected directly after Jackson Williams (Giants) and directly before Justin Jackson (Blue Jays)

2008 Draft

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6th Round, 179th overall: 2B Alex Buchholz (University of Delaware) selected by the Cincinnati Reds

Selected directly after Graham Johnson (Marlins) and directly before Kenneth Williams (White Sox)

6th Round, 183rd overall: LHP Richard Bleier (Florida Gulf Coast University) selected by the Texas Rangers

Selected directly after J.B Shuck (Astros) and directly before Tyreace House (Athletics)

16th Round, 483 overall: RHP Justin Miller (California State University Fresno) selected by the Texas Rangers

Selected directly after Josh Poytress (Astros) and directly before Matthew Fits (Athletics)

32nd Round, 963rd overall: RHP Tyler Tufts (Indiana University-Bloomington) selected by the Texas Rangers

Selected directly after B.A. Vollmuth (Astros) and directly before Ben Hornbeck (Athletics)

2009 Draft

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4th Round, 116th overall: RHP Randy Henry (South Mountain Community College) selected by the Baltimore Orioles

Selected directly after Zack Dodson (Pirates) and directly before Jason Stoffel (Giants)

5th Round, 154th overall: RHP Nick McBride (Ragsdale HS) selected by the Texas Rangers

Selected directly after Steven Parker (Pirates) and directly before Austin Adams (Indians)

2010 Draft

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6th Round, 196th overall: C Brett Nicholas (University of Missouri Columbia) selected by the Texas Rangers

Selected directly after Logan Darnell (Twins) and directly before Rett Varner (Marlins)

7th Round, 226th overall: LHP Jimmy Reyes (Elon University) selected by the Texas Rangers

Selected directly after Matt Hauser (Twins) and directly before Mark Canha (Marlins)

10th Round, 316th overall: SS Jared Hoying (University of Toledo) selected by the Texas Rangers

Selected directly after J.D. Williams (Twins) and directly before Aaron Senne (Marlins)

15th Round, 446th overall: RHP Ryan Rodebaugh (Kennesaw State University) selected by the Texas Rangers

Selected directly after Thomas Girdwood (Twins) and directly before Ryan Fisher (Marlins)

16th Round, 496th overall: CF Ryan Strausborger (Indiana State University) selected by the Texas Rangers

Selected directly after Clint Dempster (Twins) and directly before Randy LeBlanc (Marlins)

22nd Round, 676th overall: RHP Ben Rowen (Virginia Polytechnic Institue and State University) selected by the Texas Rangers

Selected directly after Dillon Moyer (Twins) and directly before Jeremy Heatley (Marlins)

2011 Draft

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30th Round, 924th overall: RHP Phil Klein (Youngstown State University) selected by the Texas Rangers

Selected directly after Justin Miller (Padres) and directly before Joe Terry (Reds)

A few notes:

  • Neil Ramirez is the highest RoughRiders player drafted
  • The lowest drafted RoughRiders roster man was Justin Miller his first time, but he did not sign in 2006. The lowest drafted player to sign is Tyler Tufts.
  • The Frisco roster (as of 6/6/13) consists of:
    • (1) one high school hitter (Benson)
    • (2) two high school pitchers (McBride, Ramirez)
    • (9) nine college pitchers (Bleier, Henry, Klein, Miller, Pucetas, Reyes, Rodebaugh, Rowen, Tufts) — including two junior college pitchers (Henry, Pucetas)
    • (5) five college hitters (Buchholz, Hoying, Nicholas, Strausborger, Zaneski)
    • (4) four international pitchers (Font, Mavare, Mendez, Pimentel)
    • (7) seven international hitters (Alberto, Chiang, Herrera, Martinez, Rodriguez, Selen, Telis)
  • The players were drafted out of the following years:
    • 2006: 3 (if you include Justin Miller who didn’t sign)
    • 2007: 1
    • 2008: 4
    • 2009: 2
    • 2010: 6
    • 2011: 1
  • Of the 16 drafted players, 12 were selected by and signed with Texas.
    • Henry (Orioles) came over in the Teagarden trade on December 1, 2011.
    • Buchholz (Reds) was taken in the minor league phase of the Rule 5 draft on December 8, 2011.
    • Pucetas (Giants) played with three major league organizations before signing with Texas in the offseason.
    • Benson (Minnesota) was taken off of waivers by Texas on May 25, 2013.
  • Phil Klein, the lone 2011 draftee on the team, is one of just three players from his round that year to have played at Double-A or higher. Will Clinard also went in the 30th round in 2011 and was just promoted and made his Double-A debut for the Erie SeaWolves on Tuesday. Justin Miller, yes another one, has not only played at Double-A but also at Triple-A for the Padres. In fact, he played AGAINST Frisco twice this season as a member of the San Antonio Missions (0-for-3, R, BB in 2 G). He is back at Advanced-A, playing for Lake Elsinore right now.

Enjoy the draft and go ‘Riders!

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The Frisco RoughRiders play at 7:05 tonight in San Antonio against the Missions. You can find other interesting tidbits, facts, news and notes in our daily game notes by clicking here.

And of course I would be remiss if I did not congratulate Chris McGuiness on getting his first call to the Show! Congrats to the author of one of the best season’s in recent ‘Riders history. Best of luck!

It’s also big news for us around here, as he is the 100th RoughRiders player to go onto MLB after his time in Frisco. We will have more on Chris here at the Insider Blog, and a look back at his time here, in the coming days.

– Nathan

Baseball term of the day: draftitisan affliction that hurts a player’s draft status in the period leading up to the draft whereby the player withers under scouts’ scruitiny and fails to display his skills

(term from The Dickson Baseball Dictionary)

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