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MLB Opening Day Rosters Filled With RoughRiders

Opening Day for the Frisco RoughRiders is this Thursday, but former Riders players will have a presence in nearly every Opening Day contest at the start of the 2015 Major League Baseball season. There are 33 former RoughRiders on the Opening Day active rosters of 16 different MLB teams this season, highlighted by the big league debuts of 2014 Frisco players Keone Kela and Odubel Herrera.

Rangers pitcher Keone Kela at spring training in Surprise, Az., (Rodger Mallison/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/TNS via Getty Images)

Rangers pitcher Keone Kela at spring training in Surprise, Az., (Rodger Mallison/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/TNS via Getty Images)

The Texas Rangers have an MLB-high 12 former RoughRiders on their roster, with Kela making his first appearance on a major league roster. He is expected to be a member of the Texas bullpen for tonight’s season opener in Oakland. The 21-year-old right-handed pitcher was promoted to Frisco on May 3, 2014 and spent the remainder of the season as a RoughRider. Kela posted a 2-1 record with five saves and a 1.86 ERA in 36 Texas League appearances in 2014, registering a 55:27 strikeout-to-walk ratio and a .162 opponents’ batting average in 38.2 innings. He did not allow an earned run in 30 of his last 32 regular season outings and twice compiled streaks of 14 consecutive scoreless appearances. Kela was the Rangers’ 12th round selection in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft out of Everett (Wash.) Community College.

Herrera is expected to be the Philadelphia Phillies’ everyday centerfielder when the Phillies open the season this afternoon at home against Boston. A Rule 5 Draft selection by Philadelphia in the off-season, Herrera spent the bulk of the past two seasons as a second baseman with the RoughRiders.

 Odubel Herrera of the Philadelphia Phillies bats during a spring training game. (Photo by Ronald C. Modra /Sports Imagery/ Getty Images)

Odubel Herrera of the Philadelphia Phillies bats during a spring training game. (Photo by Ronald C. Modra /Sports Imagery/ Getty Images)

He won the Texas League batting crown last year with a .321 average, 13 points higher than second place. In 96 games with the Riders, Herrera compiled 16 doubles, four triples, two home runs and 48 runs batted in. The left-handed batter was named a Texas League Postseason and Mid-Season All-Star last year; he was also a Mid-Season TL All-Star in 2013. A native of Zulia, Venezuela, Herrera was signed by the Rangers as a non-drafted free agent in 2008.

Twelve of the of the 15 Opening Day games scheduled for last night and today feature a former RoughRider on the 25-man roster of at least one team. Since 2003, Frisco has sent 128 former players to the big leagues (not including Major League rehabbers).


Texas Rangers (12)

  • SS Elvis Andrus
  • RHP Neftali Feliz
  • LHP Derek Holland
  • RHP Keone Kela (MLB debut)
  • RHP Phil Klein
  • OF Leonys Martin
  • RHP Nick Martinez
  • RHP Roman Mendez
  • 1B/OF Mitch Moreland
  • 2B Rougned Odor
  • OF Ryan Rua
  • Jake Smolinski

Chicago Cubs (4)

  • RHP Justin Grimm
  • RHP Kyle Hendricks
  • 3B Mike Olt
  • RHP Neil Ramirez

Boston Red Sox (2)

  • RHP Alexi Ogando
  • LHP Robbie Ross, Jr.

Kansas City Royals (2)

  • RHP Edinson Volquez
  • RHP Chris Young

Oakland Athletics (2)

  • RHP Jesse Chavez
  • OF Craig Gentry

Baltimore Orioles (1)

  • RHP Tommy Hunter

Cincinnati Reds (1)

  •  RHP Jumbo Diaz

Chicago White Sox (1)

  • RHP John Danks

Detroit Tigers (1)

  • Ian Kinsler

Houston Astros (1)

  • RHP Scott Feldman

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (1)

  • LHP C.J. Wilson

New York Mets (1)

  • OF John Mayberry, Jr.

Philadelphia Phillies (1)

  • OF Odubel Herrera (MLB debut)

San Francisco Giants (1)

  • 3B Joakim Arias

Toronto Blue Jays (1)

  • Justin Smoak

Washington Nationals (1)

  • Tanner Roark

– Alex

Additional Minor League Signings

Yesterday I wrote about the Rangers re-signing two RoughRiders from 2011: Fabio Castillo and Derek Hankins.  Here are the other names Texas has signed to minor league contracts that might be seen at Dr Pepper Ballpark in 2012.

LHP Kyle Fernandes

This six-foot southpaw was originally drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the 12th round of the 2005 draft.  Fernandes started seven games in 2005 but since then has been used exclusively out of the bullpen (over 240 appearances).

The lefty has spent parts of five seasons in Double-A and is looking for his first crack at Triple-A.  With the Double-A Portland Sea Dogs last year, Fernandes went 3-5, 3.73 ERA with 34 walks and 57 strikeouts.

According to, the Westport, Mass. product was converted to a submariner in 2008. His fastball sits between 84-87 mph and tops out at 88 mph. Also throws a mid-70s slurve.

RHP Doug Salinas

Salinas, 23, has pitched in the Seattle, Tampa Bay, and Cincinnati organizations, going 5-2, 4.47 ERA in 47 relief appearances for High-A Bakersfield in 2011.   Originally from Venezuela, the right-hander has never pitched above High-A.

As a member of the Reds farm system, he not only pitched for the Rangers’ former High-A club in Bakersfield, but also played for the Dayton Dragons in 2010 in the Midwest League.  The Dragons are owned by Mandalay Baseball Properties, the same company that owns the RoughRiders.

Judging by the numbers, Salinas has displayed good command over the course of his five-year minor league career.  With 114 walks compared to 328 strikeouts, he was fanned nearly three times as many batters as he’s walked.

OF Orlando Sandoval

No relation to Pablo of the San Francisco Giants, this  25-year-old has spent his entire six-year minor league career with the Colorado Rockies organization where he topped out with High-A Modesto of the California League.  In 53 games with the Nuts last year (that’s honestly their name), Sandoval hit .233 with four home runs and 22 RBIs.

One of his homers never left the park:


We could possibly see all three of these players at Dr Pepper Ballpark in 2012.