Minor League Roundup - 4/12

Olt is off to a fast start

The Round Rock Express picked up a 13-inning victory on Tuesday evening while Myrtle Beach's Mike Olt logged another extra-base hit. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action.

AAA: Round Rock 3 – Omaha 2 (13 innings)
W - Tateyama (1-0)
3-3, 1.0 GB


The Express surrendered two runs in the top of the first inning. Omaha didn't score the rest of the day, and a gradual Round Rock comeback ultimately lead to a 13-inning victory.

For the second consecutive night, the winning hit came from left fielder Matt Kata, who was 1-for-3 with a walk and two runs batted in.

Starting pitcher Michael Kirkman wasn't hit hard, but he permitted a pair of runs on eight singles in 3.1 innings. Kirkman fanned four without issuing a walk.

Round Rock pitchers scattered 12 hits on the night––all of them singles.

Seth McClung (2.2 IP), Yhency Brazoban (2 IP), Cody Eppley (3 IP) and Yoshinori Tateyama (2 IP) combined to post 9.2 innings of scoreless relief, walking three and striking out 10.

DH Brad Nelson (3/5, 2B, BB) and shortstop Luis Cruz (2/5, 2B, BB) had Round Rock's only extra-base hits of the game.

Endy Chavez (2/6), Brian Barden (2/6) and Chad Tracy (2/5, BB) all singled twice.

Player of the Game: LF Matt Kata
AB R H 2B HR RBI BB K AVG
3 0 1 0 0 2 1 1 .444




AA: Frisco 4 – Arkansas 9
L - Boscan (1-1)
3-3, 2.0 GB


The Frisco RoughRiders got knocked around by Angels top prospect (and arguably baseball's top prospect) Mike Trout. The 20-year-old went 3-for-4, belting a grand-slam followed by a solo homer later in game. He also walked once.

Making his second Double-A start, righty Wilfredo Boscan got through a scoreless first but had an ugly second. Boscan's second inning began as follows––single, single, single, walk, grand slam, double.

Overall, he went one-plus innings (48 pitches) and permitted five runs on six hits, walking two and fanning zero.

Catcher Jose Felix provided some of Frisco's only offense with a two-run double off Angels prospect (and OU product) Garret Richards. He also singled.

Joey Butler (1/2, BB, HBP) and Mike Bianucci (1/4) had the team's only other knocks.

Butler was promoted to Triple-A Round Rock after the game. He began the season at Frisco by going 6-for-19 (.316) with a pair of home runs.

Tall righties Mike Perconte (2 IP) and Adalberto Flores (1 IP) teamed up for three innings of hitless shutout ball at the end of the game. Perconte, who was recently released by the Cubs organization, has permitted just one hit in 5.1 scoreless Double-A frames.

Player of the Game: C Jose Felix
AB R H 2B HR RBI BB K AVG
4 0 2 1 0 2 0 1 .333




A+: Myrtle Beach 4 – (@) Frederick 3
W - Ortiz (1-1)
SV - Kelly (2)
HR - Olt (2)
3-1, 0.0 GU


Left-hander Robbie Ross didn't factor in the decision on Tuesday, but he made his first start of the season a solid one. The Kentucky native hurled four scoreless innings, working around two hits and two walks. He struck out five.

Speedy centerfielder Ryan Strausborger had a perfect day at the plate, going 4-for-4 with a double and a run batted in. He stole a base but was caught stealing two other times.

Second baseman Santiago Chirino had a single and a double in four trips, raising his early season average to .385.

Third baseman Mike Olt was 2-for-4 with a home run. The 22-year-old just might be too advanced for the High-A level. Through four contests, he is 7-for-12 (.583) with two doubles, two homers, five walks, and only one strikeout.

Leadoff hitter Leury Garcia was 0-for-3 with a sacrifice bunt, dropping him to 1-for-16 (.063) to begin his campaign.

Sinkerballing righty Johan Yan surrendered an unearned run on one hit in two innings. He walked one, struck out three, and induced a pair of groundouts.

Closer Ryan Kelly earned his second save with a blank ninth, working around a hit and a free pass. The former Pirates prospect punched out one.

Player of the Game: CF Ryan Strausborger
AB R H 2B HR RBI BB K AVG
4 1 4 1 0 1 0 0 .438




A: Hickory 6 – Savannah 1
W - Mendez (1-0)
3-2, 1.5 GB


When Roman Mendez opened the 2010 campaign at Single-A with the Red Sox organization, he coughed up 24 runs on 29 hits in 15 innings.

Then, Mendez was playing with Greenville of the Sally League. Now, the fireballing righty is in the same league, pitching with the Hickory Crawdads.

And so far, the results have been much better. Mendez turned on a good effort on Tuesday, limiting the Sand Gnats to one run over five innings. He gave up three hits, walked one, and struck out five. The former Red Sox prospect has 11 punchouts through his first nine innings.

Hickory's offense scored all of its runs in the bottom of the fourth inning.

DH Tomas Telis (2/4) and first baseman Andrew Clark (2/3, BB) chipped in with two hits apiece. Left fielder Teodoro Martinez, who was 1-for-4, doubled for the lone extra-base hit.

Martinez scored a run with a steal of home plate in the fourth.

Jhonny Gomez (1/2, 2 BB) and Christian Villanueva (1/3, BB) both singled and walked.

Top prospect and leadoff hitter Jurickson Profar began his season with two home runs in two games. Since those contests, the 18-year-old is hitless in his last 12 at-bats.

Right-handed relievers Braden Tullis (2 IP), Joe Van Meter (1 IP) and Ryan Rodebaugh (1 IP) combined for four shutout innings to finish out the victory. Tullis walked two while Van Meter issued one base on balls.

Player of the Game: RHP Roman Mendez
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
5.0 3 1 1 1 5 0 2.00




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