Results tagged ‘ Odubel Herrera ’

Rehabbers Provide Aid

Miss the last RoughRiders game? Catch up on the action or relive the highlights with ‘Riders Rewind, a daily capsule of yesterday’s big moments. Listen to previous editions of ‘Riders Rewind here.

Frisco received a lift from its two big league rehabbers and avoided its first series loss of the season to Corpus Christi. Click here to read the full game recap.

Star of the Game: RHP Jerad Eickhoff – 7.0IP, 3H, 2R, BB, 7K

Jerad delivered an efficient outing as he crossed the 100-inning plateau this season and bumped his record to 7-6. After a blip on the radar in the second, in which he allowed three straight two-out baserunners, the sturdy righty mowed through 15 straight Hooks. The 24-year-old has 92 strikeouts through 102 innings and a 4.06 ERA.

In case you missed it:

-Frisco scored first for the one and only game of the series on Saturday.

-The Midland RockHounds swept the San Antonio Missions on Saturday for their ninth straight win. Frisco remains a half-game behind the Hounds for the best overall record in the Texas League. Midland also leads the second-half standings in the South Division by 2 1/2 games over Corpus Christi.

-Gallo watch: DNP

Joey is up at Target Field in Minneapolis for the MLB Futures Game. The slugger was selected to play in the game last season as well, but a groin injury prevented him from partaking.

-Rehabbers Geovany Soto and Jim Adduci both gave the offense a boost on Saturday. Each big leaguer went 2-for-3 at the dish with a run scored and an RBI. Soto added a double and drew a walk while Adduci stole a base (with a feet-first slide).

-Hooks’ catcher Rene Garcia only played two games in the series, much to the RoughRiders’ advantage. In two games, Garcia batted 5-for-6 with a run, a double, an RBI and HBP.

 

 

The Rangers signed three players out of independent ball over a two-day span and all were assigned to Frisco. Brodie Downs, one of the newly acquired RoughRiders, is a 35-year-old sidearm pitcher playing for his first major league affiliate since 2009. His professional baseball career has been unorthodox, to say the least:

Thanks for tuning in,

-Chris V.

Why They Play 140 Games…

Miss the last RoughRiders game? Catch up on the action or relive the highlights with ‘Riders Rewind, a daily capsule of yesterday’s big moments. Listen to previous editions of ‘Riders Rewind here.

Welp, you can’t win or lose a 140-game season in just one night. And when you play virtually every night for five months, there’s never a lot of time to dwell on the highs or the lows. Hopefully, the ‘Riders deep-sixed the memory of last night’s 12-4 thrashing at the hands of the Hooks. Click here to read the full game recap.

Star of the Game: RHP Randy Henry – 3.0IP, H, 0R, 0BB, K

After an adverse start to his season in Frisco, Randy has settled in atop his perch and allowed no runs in his last four outings. He faced one batter above the minimum on Friday in his longest performance with the ‘Riders this season in terms of innings pitched. Henry, a native of tiny Arnett, Oklahoma, has tossed 10 1/3 innings over eight games at Double-A and dropped his ERA to 4.35 last night.

In case you missed it:

-Corpus Christi outhit the ‘Riders 16-5 and sent eight batters to the plate in each of the first three innings (24 in total). At one point, the Hooks were on pace for 72 plate appearances on the night. The 12 runs allowed are a season-high for Frisco.

-The Midland RockHounds defeated the San Antonio Missions on Friday for their eighth straight win. In the process, the ‘Hounds leapfrogged the RoughRiders into first place with the best overall record in the Texas League. It’s the first time Frisco has been outside the top spot since May 5, a stretch of 66 straight days. The ‘Riders have had a share of first place in 83 of the first 100 days of the season.

-Gallo watch: DNP

The RoughRiders gave Joey his first night off in his 27 Double-A games this year.

-Rehabber Geovany Soto went 0-for-1 with a walk, a stolen base and a run scored in the second game of his rehab assignment with the ‘Riders. Patrick Cantwell replaced him in the lineup in the fifth inning.

-Rehabber Engel Beltre finished his 2014 ‘Riders debut 2-for-4 at the plate with an RBI and a run scored. It was Beltre’s first appearance at Dr Pepper Ballpark since 2012 when he lead the Texas League in triples (17) and at-bats (564).

-Alec Asher’s two inning performance was the shortest effort by a regular starter for Frisco this season (excluding rehab appearances by, for instance, Tanner Scheppers). It’s a testament to the strength of the RoughRiders’ rotation this season to have gone until mid-July without a clunker like last night.

-After Asher hit the shower, newcomer Brodie Downs made his Frisco debut on the mound. The Rangers signed Downs, who turns 35 on July 19, out of the Mexican League as free agent on July 11. Downs has not played affiliated baseball since 2009 and threw two innings with three runs and four hits allowed along with two walks and two strikeouts. Downs has a side-arm release and throws a fastball in the mid-upper 80s and a high 70s slider. After a turbulent third inning, the righty faced the minimum in the fourth, thanks to a double play ground ball from Tyler Heineman.

-Guilder Rodriguez made his season debut on the hill as well for the RoughRiders. G-Rod pitched the ninth inning and allowed a run on two hits and a walk. It was his fifth career appearance as a pitcher with Frisco. Guilder, who throws right-handed, last tossed on June 16, 2013 in a 16-inning marathon against the Hooks. He took home the win in that decision. On Friday, Guilder played second base for the first eight innings and Odubel Herrera filled in for the final frame while G-Rod pitched.

-Delino DeShields, Jr. was the only hitter for Corpus Christi without a base knock on Friday. He still reached base in the first inning on a sacrifice bunt because Drew Robinson committed an error on the play. DeShields later scored a run to move him into a tie with San Antonio’s Dusty Coleman for fifth in the Texas League with 47 home-plate touches this season.

-The Rangers Senior Director of Minor League Operations, Mike Daly, was in attendance at Dr Pepper Ballpark last night. He didn’t exactly see a classic.

-Drew Robinson’s two-run home run in the second inning was the RoughRiders’ 69th long ball of the season.

Home Run List (current players):

1. Joey Gallo – 10

2. Trever Adams – 9

2. Drew Robinson – 9

4. Teodoro Martinez – 3

5. Jake Skole – 2

5. Tomás Telis – 2

7. Patrick Cantwell – 1

7. Chris Grayson – 1

7. Odubel Herrera – 1

 

With pitching coach Jeff Andrews on vacation for the series, minor league rehab coordinator Keith Comstock takes over the reins of the staff. Our interview with Keith aired in two parts over the course of the last two broadcasts. Hear about the unique elements of his job in Arizona, his analysis of Derek Holland and the day he was traded for $100 and a box of baseballs:

Thanks for tuning in,

-Chris V.

Hooks strike back

Miss the last RoughRiders game? Catch up on the action or relive the highlights with ‘Riders Rewind, a daily capsule of yesterday’s big moments. Listen to previous editions of ‘Riders Rewind here.

Small ball is the Hooks’ specialty, but an RBI double and a solo home run turned the tide in Thursday’s contest. Click here to read the full game recap.

Star of the Game: RHP Keone Kela – 1.0IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K

Kela struck out the side in succession in the ninth inning to give the ‘Riders a fighting chance in the bottom half. He struck out two batters on a breaking ball and breezed a heater by Telvin Nash to end the inning. Kela has not allowed a run in his last ten outings and through 20 1/3 innings has a 1.33 ERA.

In case you missed it:

-The team with the most hits has lost both games in this series.

-The Hooks have beaten the RoughRiders 4-1 on three separate occasions this season.

-Gallo watch: 0-for-4, 2SO

Joey put the ball in play twice to right field, and in both instances, Leo Heras made an athletic play to deprive him of a base knock.

-In his RoughRiders’ debut, rehabber Geovany Soto went 1-for-3 with a single to left and a strikeout. He played seven innings and was replaced by Tomás Telis.

-Hooks starter Jordan Jankowski threw 50 of his 64 pitches for strikes.

-Delino DeShields, Jr. made his first appearance of the season in left field for the Hooks after playing 60 games in center.

 

 

With pitching coach Jeff Andrews on vacation for the series, minor league rehab coordinator Keith Comstock takes over the reins of the staff. Hear about the unique elements of his job in Arizona, his analysis of Derek Holland and the day he was traded for $100 and a box of baseballs:

Thanks for tuning in,

-Chris V.

Meat Grinder

Miss the last RoughRiders game? Catch up on the action or relive the highlights with ‘Riders Rewind, a daily capsule of yesterday’s big moments. Listen to previous editions of ‘Riders Rewind here.

If Wednesday’s series opener was any indication, this four-game set with the Hooks is going to be a knock-down, drag-out slug fest. Corpus Christi erased a 3-1 hole in the seventh only to have the ‘Riders regain the lead 4-3 on Odubel Herrera’s sacrifice fly. The Hooks put a runner on third in each of the final three innings, but the ‘Riders eeked out the win. Click here to read the full game recap.

Star of the Game: LF Teodoro Martinez – 2/3, R, 2B, RBI

After a 1-for-18 road trip, Teo looked happy to be home at the Doc on Wednesday night. His RBI single in the second inning gave Frisco its first lead of the ballgame and brought the Venezuelan level with a couple statistical plateaus: it was both his 50th hit and his 30th RBI as a RoughRider this season.

Also of note, the knock came against a right-handed pitcher; the Venezuelan bats just .234 against righties. Off southpaws, however, Teo crushes at a .340 average, and true to form, his leadoff double in the seventh came versus a lefty. “Cafe” scored the winning run later in the inning.

In case you missed it:

-After 44 games without an error, Odubel Herrera committed his first fielding miscue as a RoughRider last night. Actually, his first two. With two outs in the top of the ninth and a runner on first, Ruben Sosa bounced a ball towards second. Herrera bobbled the handle (first error) and then threw an errant ball to first that missed the glove of Trever Adams (second error). It nearly cost the ‘Riders in a one-run game. The tying runner on first advanced all the way to third. A fly out in the ensuing at-bat ended the contest, so no harm came of the botched play. Here’s hoping for another 44-game error-less streak, Odubel!

-The ‘Riders scored a pair of unearned runs in the second thanks to a throwing error on catcher Rene Garcia, just his second of the season. The throw allowed Hanser Alberto to reach safely on a sacrifice and advance all the way to second base. Tomás Telis, meanwhile, moved down to third base. Both runners scored in the frame.

-Gallo watch: 0-for-3, R, BB, SO

Joey now has 14 walks, 47 strikeouts and 20 runs scored at the Double-A level (26 games). He made good contact on a hard ground ball to second baseman Tony Kemp in the third inning. The Hooks had a monster shift implemented and Kemp fielded the play at medium depth in right field.

-Corpus Christi outhit Frisco 10-6.

-Drew Robinson and Jake Skole both went hitless (although Robinson did have an RBI on a sac fly) and snapped their respective six-game hitting streaks.

-Delino DeShields, Jr. drew two walks and stole two bases.

 

 

Right-handed pitcher Alex “Chi Chi” Gonzalez makes his debut on the RoughRiders Pregame Show. Find out what the 2013 first-round draft choice did on his day off and discover the origins of his awesome nickname. Don’t worry, for the hard-core baseball fans, Chi Chi also delves into his arsenal and the start to his Double-A career:

Thanks for tuning in,

-Chris V.

Power Surge

Miss the last RoughRiders game? Catch up on the action or relive the highlights with ‘Riders Rewind, a daily capsule of yesterday’s big moments. Listen to previous editions of ‘Riders Rewind here.

With their backs to the elimination wall in the series with Northwest Arkansas, the RoughRiders turned in a total team effort (good pitching + timely hitting) to knock off the Nats 6-1 on Monday. Click here to read the full game recap.

Thankfully, ‘Riders Wrecker Lane Adams was not in the starting lineup to challenge Frisco’s control of the game, which began immediately in the first inning thanks to two solo home runs.

Star of the Game: RHP Alex Gonzalez – 5 1/3IP, 2H, R, 2BB, 5K

Chi Chi found the form from his Double-A debut against Midland on June 10 with the best outing of his last five starts. The righty retired the first ten batters he faced and did not allow an extra-base hit. After he left with one out and one on in the sixth inning, a platoon force of Kyle Lotzkar (1 1/3IP), Wilmer Font (1/3IP), Ryan Rodebaugh (1IP) and Keone Kela (1IP) surrendered one hit and three walks the rest of the way.

In case you missed it:

-The RoughRiders hit three home runs in a single game for the first time since May 29 in a 13-4 win over the Tulsa Drillers when Odubel Herrera, Chris Grayson and Ryan Rua each went yard.

-On Monday, Drew Robinson (8), Trever Adams (9) and Joey Gallo (10) hit their eighth, ninth and tenth home runs of the season with the RoughRiders, respectively.

-Gallo watch: 2-for-4, R, 2B, HR, RBI, 2SO

Joey iced the game with a titanic blast to center field. The Northwest Arkansas grounds crew planned to measure the distance the ball traveled. Through 25 games at the Double-A level, Joey bats .298 (28-for-94) with 19 runs, seven doubles, ten home runs, 23 RBI, 13 walks and 46 strikeouts. His slash line reads .298/.389/.691/1.080. Nice.

-Robinson’s solo home run in the first inning gave the ‘Riders their first lead of the series.

-Robinson and Jake Skole each played in five of the six games on the road trip and registered at least one base hit every time in the lineup.

Home Run List (current players):

1. Joey Gallo – 10

2. Trever Adams – 9

3. Drew Robinson – 8

4. Teodoro Martinez – 3

5. Jake Skole – 2

5. Tomás Telis – 2

7. Patrick Cantwell – 1

7. Chris Grayson – 1

7. Odubel Herrera – 1

 

 

Hanser Alberto is back for a second run with the ‘Riders after 100 games played in 2013. The shortstop put in a solid first half with Myrtle Beach and hopes to build on that momentum the second time ’round the Texas League circuit:

Thanks for tuning in,

-Chris V.

Hot Herrera

14571300993_3678a55b87_k

By: Jay Wallis

Odubel Herrera has been working his way up the Rangers farm system year by year since 2009 when he competed in the Dominican Summer League. He has played overseas and in Spokane, Hickory, Myrtle Beach and now Frisco. Always known as a freak athlete with plenty of energy, Herrera seems to be finding his footing this season.

Herrera, 22, is currently one of the RoughRiders most versatile players, both at the plate and on the field. Since being called up from Advanced-A Myrtle Beach in mid-May, very few have hit the ball better than Herrera. He might not have the type of star-power or literal power as Joey Gallo, for example, but Herrera knows how to make contact and get on base.

The native of Zulia, Venezuela is batting .410 (34-for-83) with five doubles, a triple, 11 RBI, nine runs scored, five walks and six steals in only his last 21 games. Since June 11, the second baseman leads the Texas League in batting average and is third in on-base percentage.

This quick ascension into productivity is a major reason the infielder earned his second straight All-Star appearance with the ‘Riders despite the fact that he played the first part of the season with the Pelicans. But it’s more than that. Even though he plays a position that often times causes mistakes to be made from time to time, the second baseman still has not committed an error in 43 consecutive games—which is every single game he’s played in Frisco. He rarely forces his throws and consistently makes the difficult play look effortless.

Since former ‘Riders second baseman Rougned Odor is blossoming with the Rangers and the Triple-A Round Rock Express have three second baseman already on the roster, Herrera might find himself in Frisco the rest of the year, despite his continued improvement. With many of the ‘Riders most reliable players being moved up recently, causing the team to struggle finding consistency, the 5-11, 200-pound infielder provides a source of dependability any successful sports team needs.

‘Riders Rewind – June 22

Miss the last RoughRiders game? Catch up on the action or relive the highlights with ‘Riders Rewind, a daily capsule of yesterday’s big moments. Listen to previous editions of ‘Riders Rewind here.

The ‘Riders reached the end of an exhausting 12-day road trip at long last on Sunday. Click here to read the full game recap.

Star of the Game: CF Teodoro Martinez – 1/3, R, HR, RBI, SO

Teo blasted his second home run of the season and accounted for all the scoring in the 4-1 loss on Sunday. Through 44 games this season, the Venezuelan holds a .298 batting average (45-for-151) with 15 runs, six doubles and 23 RBI.

In case you missed it:

The Texas League All-Star Game took place at Dickey-Stephens Field in North Little Rock, Arkansas on June 24. The RoughRiders sent a league-high ten players to compete in the game. The North defeated the South 3-1 in a pitching-oriented affair. Find out how the ‘Riders performed below:

-LF Jake Smolinski: 1/4, SO

-3B Ryan Rua: 0/4, Home Run Derby Champion

  • Rua blasted a total of 16 home runs (eight in each round)

-DH/C Tomás Telis: 0/4

-PH Odubel Herrera: 1/1

-2B Guilder Rodriguez: 0/2, 2SO

-RHP Luke Jackson (starter): 1.0IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, 3BF

-RHP Alec Asher: 1.0IP, R, 2H, 5BF, WP

-RHP Phil Klein: DNP

-LHP Edwar Cabrera: DNP

-2B Rougned Odor: DNP

 

Here is Jason Wood’s most recent “Sunday with the Skipper” segment on the final day of the marathon 12-day road trip:

Thanks for tuning in,

-Chris V.

 

‘Riders Rewind – June 20

Miss the last RoughRiders game? Catch up on the action or relive the highlights with ‘Riders Rewind, a daily capsule of yesterday’s big moments. Listen to previous editions of ‘Riders Rewind here.

Highlights from Frisco’s 4-1 loss to Corpus Christi on Friday. The RoughRiders have now lost four of their last five games. Click here to read the full game recap.

Star of the Game: 2B Odubel Herrera – 3/4, 2B

Odubel’s focus remains razor sharp at the plate as he and teammate Trever Adams were the only ‘Riders with multiple hits on Friday (and no strikeouts, either). The Venezuelan is hitting .319 this season, but . 339 with the Frisco through 32 games. He also has 9 doubles and 29 RBI on the season. Equally impressive is Odubel’s strikeout-to-walk rate: the southpaw has 28 free trips and just 41 whiffs in 2014.

In case you missed it:

-The Hooks registered 12 singles and no extra-base hits in the game.

-Trever Adams went 2-for-3 with a ground-rule double and a walk for his third straight multi-hit game.

-Gallo watch: 1-for-4, R, HR, RBI, 3K – Gallo launched his first home run since June 13 when he took a hanging breaking ball to left-center field in the second inning.

Newcomer Will Lamb makes his debut on the RoughRiders Pregame Show. The lefty aspires to own the best (worst?) mustache in the Texas League and has an equally filthy fastball:

Thanks for tuning in,

-Chris V.

 

Ten RoughRiders Chosen as Mid-Season All-Stars

14113697719_8d4923a6ee_bBy: Chris Vosters, Jay Wallis and Cameron Varnau

The Frisco RoughRiders have been a force in the Texas League so far and their record-number All-Star selections reflects this dominance. The league announced that ten of the team’s players will be 2014 Texas League Mid-Season All-Stars. The game will be played at Dickey-Stephens Park in North Little Rock, Arkansas on Tuesday, June 24 at 7:15 p.m.

The selection committee voted four ‘Riders pitchers and six position players to the South Division side. Starting pitchers Alec AsherEdwar Cabrera and Luke Jackson will travel to Arkansas as well as reliever Phil Klein. Infielders Rougned OdorGuilder Rodriguez and Ryan Rua each earned spots on the squad in addition to outfielder Jake Smolinski and catcher Tomás Telis. Infielder Odubel Herrera will replace Odor, who is currently with the Texas Rangers. Rua will serve as the starting third baseman for the South Division and Smolinski will start the contest in the outfield.

The RoughRiders boast more All-Stars than any team in the Texas League. This is the most mid-season all-stars for the ‘Riders since 2011 when Frisco also earned nine selections, including current Texas Ranger Leonys Martin.

Balloting for the Texas League All-Star Game was conducted by votes gathered from managers, coaches, broadcasters and beat writers representing all eight teams.

FRISCO ROUGHRIDERS MID-SEASON ALL-STARS

Ryan Rua – 3B: The RoughRiders’ everyday third baseman is batting .318 (67-for-211) through 59 games with the club this season. Of his 67 hits, good for second in the Texas League, 12 have been doubles, and his ten home runs are tied for fifth in the league with teammate Jake Smolinski. The native of Amherst, Ohio also ranks third in on-base and slugging percentage with totals of .395 and .526, respectively, and has 32 RBI. This will be Rua’s first all-star appearance in the Texas League; however, the utility infielder was named to the Mid-Season and Postseason All-Star teams in the South Atlantic League in 2013 for his efforts with the Hickory Crawdads.

Jake Smolinski – OF: In his eighth season and first in the Rangers organization, the 25-year-old native of Rockford, Illinois has shown patience at the plate and the power to go deep as his .516 slugging percentage reveals. Reaching base in 53 of 61 games, Smolinski finds a way to get on and work his way home. The left fielder leads Frisco in doubles (13) and walks (28), and paces the Texas League in runs scored (39). He is also second in the Texas League with 26 extra-base hits. He has been a dependable defender as well, going a team-high 27 consecutive games without an error. Smolinski also garnered Mid-Season All-Star honors with the Double-A Jacksonville Suns in 2012.

Alec Asher – RHP: The 22-year-old native of Lakeland, Florida has earned his way onto the 2014 Texas League All-Star team with his league-leading 71 1/3 innings pitched. He accumulated those innings across 12 starts with a 6-4 record and 3.28 ERA. The 6-foot-4 righty has issued 58 hits in 262 at-bats, which is good for an opponent average of .221, the fifth-lowest mark among qualified starters in the Texas League. This will be Asher’s first Texas League All-Star Game; he was named to the Carolina League Mid-Season All-Star team in 2013.

Edwar Cabrera – RHP: The native of Baní, Dominican Republic is no stranger to All-Star appearances as he was a South Atlantic Mid-Season All-Star with Asheville in 2011. He also represented the Tulsa Drillers as a Mid-Season and Post-Season All-Star in 2012. In his first season with the Rangers organization, the southpaw is 2-3 with a 3.40 ERA in nine games as a starter and has struck out 44 in 47 2/3 innings of work. As a reliever, Cabrera has a 2.61 ERA with one save in 10.1 innings pitched.

Odubel Herrera – INF: Herrera, 22, is in the second season with the ‘Riders and made the All-Star Game last year as well. The native of Zulia, Venezuela is batting .282 (24-for-85) with a home run, three doubles, a triple and 14 RBI in 22 games. He began the season with Advanced-A Myrtle Beach and was called up May 12. In his second game with the team, the 5-foot-11, 200-pounder matched a season-high with four hits against the Midland RockHounds. Since that time, Herrera has become a reliable infielder for the RoughRiders. He has not been charged with an error since returning to the Texas League.

Luke Jackson – RHP: As the 2013 Nolan Ryan Minor League Pitcher of the Year, Jackson is making his first All-Star appearance in Double-A. He made the All-Star team last year with the Advanced-A Myrtle Beach Pelicans. The Floridian is fourth in the Texas League in ERA (2.55), first in wins (7), second in strikeouts (85), sixth in innings pitched (67) and third in WHIP (0.96). Jackson ranks fourth among starters in allowing just 9.29 baserunners per nine innings. During one of his best outings of the year on April 21, the 6-foot-2 righty took a perfect game into the sixth inning against the San Antonio Missions and allowed just three hits to go along with eight strikeouts and no walks in seven innings pitched.

Phil Klein – RHP: The 6-foot-7, 250-pound right-hander has been in the Rangers organization since 2011 and worked his way up to the ‘Riders in 2013. Being called up to Frisco for part of the 2013 season, Klein has improved in almost every statistical category compared to last year. Among Texas League pitchers, the reliever has the second-lowest batting average among relievers (.152) and strikes out 11.75 batters per nine innings, the third-lowest ratio in the league. He has become the RoughRiders’ closer and is a perfect 7-for-7 in save chances. The former Youngstown State Penguin has worked eight straight scoreless appearances and has not conceded more than one run in any single game this season. After walking ten in his first eight outings, Klein has only walked three in his last 12 appearances.

Rougned Odor - INF: The Rangers’ 2013 Tom Grieve Minor League Player of the Year earns his second straight All-Star selection after starting the 2013 Carolina League All-Star Game at second base. In 32 games with the RoughRiders in 2014, Odor batted .279 and slugged .450 with 36 hits (two doubles, one triple, six home runs) and 17 RBI. His work led to a promotion to the Texas Rangers on May 8. He has played in 24 big league games with Texas and is batting .290 with seven runs, 20 hits and two home runs in 69 at-bats.

Guilder Rodriguez – INF: The fourteen-year professional played his first 12 seasons without an All-Star selection, but is now set to appear in his second consecutive Texas League All-Star Game. The switch-hitter has played the most minor league games (1,040) among all current players who have no big league experience. With multiple hits in five of the last eight games, Rodriguez ranks first in the Texas League in batting average .380 (27 for 71) and second in on-base percentage (.457) since his return from Triple-A Round Rock on May 15. The utility infielder has settled into the shortstop position this year but is still diverse enough to play where his team needs him. Since joining Frisco in 2009, Rodriguez has played every position except catcher. 

Tomás Telis – C: The switch-hitting catcher returns to the Texas League All-Star roster for the second consecutive year after making his first appearance in 2013. Telis was also selected for two previous All-Star teams in the 2008 DSL All-Star Game, in which he was named MVP, and in the 2011 South Atlantic League All-Star Game. Telis is batting a league-leading .327 (56-for-171) in 45 games this season. He has scored 18 runs with 11 doubles, two triples, two homers and 26 RBI, and has posted an .807 OPS.

‘Riders Rewind – May 14

Miss the last RoughRiders game? Catch up on the action or relive the highlights with ‘Riders Rewind, a daily capsule of yesterday’s big moments. Listen to previous editions of ‘Riders Rewind here.

The ‘Riders suffered a bitter defeat at the hand of Midland on Wednesday night. The RockHounds rallied from a 6-4 deficit in the ninth inning and walked it off with an RBI single from Billy Burns. Click here to read the full game recap.

The bullpen was due for a letdown, and after a few close calls, the ‘Riders lost a game in which they led after the eighth inning for the first time since 2012 (a 93-game span). It was bound to happen at some point, but the collapse brings to light the unfilled closer position on the team at this point in the season.

Matt West may have been the candidate of choice, but he left for Round Rock on May 3. The Rangers named West its minor league reliever of the month, and so did we.

Star of the Game: LF Jake Smolinski – “Smo” continues to swing a hot bat and play lock-down defense in the outfield. He finished 2-for-5 at the plate on Wednesday with a home run and two runs scored. His shot to left in the sixth off Chris Jensen sparked a three-run frame for the ‘Riders. All six of Smolinski’s homers this season have been solo shots. The 2007 draft choice by the Washington Nationals is currently tied for fifth in the Texas League with a .299 batting average and his .401 on-base percentage ranks third in the league.

It was hard to ignore Odubel Herrera who tallied four base hits in five at-bats. However, his two RBI both crossed on a deflected single that did not leave the infield and he got greedy on a double to right. The RockHounds threw out Herrera as he tried to take a third bag on the play and the ‘Riders lost an opportunity to put another run on the board in the ninth inning. In hindsight, it was a run that could have served their cause quite well.

 

 

Enjoy the highlights and thanks for tuning in.

-Chris V.

 

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 55 other followers