Rangers Minor League Roundup - 8/12

Villanueva hit his 14th home run

Round Rock's Mark Hamburger made a strong first professional start on Friday evening, working four scoreless innings and striking out five. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action in the Texas Rangers' system.

AAA: Round Rock 7 – (@) Sacramento 3
W - Jackson (11-4)
SV - Strop (10)
HR - Butler (10)
70-50, 10.0 GU


Mark Hamburger (4.47 ERA/.245 BAA) entered Friday's contest at Sacramento with 168 career appearances––all out of the bullpen. But the 24-year-old righty will now reportedly join the Round Rock rotation for the remainder of the season.

Hamburger's starting debut turned out well, as he needed just 53 pitches to complete four shutout frames. He yielded one hit (a single), walked one, plunked one, and struck out five.

The former Twins farmhand as the following line over his last eight appearances––16.1 ip, 10 h, 1 r, 3 bb, 13 k.

Round Rock did its scoring in two innings, plating three runs in the second inning and busting out for four in the seventh.

Joey Butler (.342/.398/.530) extended his hitting streak to nine games by going 2-for-4 with a two-run homer––his 10th in 92 Triple-A games.

In his last 10 games, Butler is 15-for-40 (.375) with six extra-base hits, two walks, and a whopping 19 strikeouts. As Scott Lucas of the Newberg Report notes, Joey Butler is batting .502 when he makes contact in Triple-A. He has 118 hits and 110 strikeouts over 92 PCL contests.

Esteban German (2/4, 2 2B) doubled twice and stole two bases. The veteran infielder now has 36 stolen bases in 43 attempts. Brad Nelson (2/4, 2B), Chad Tracy (2/4, 2B) and Nick Green (1/5, 2B) all doubled once.

Left fielder Val Majewski had two singles and two walks in five plate appearances, raising his average to .393. Majewski continues to bat cleanup for Round Rock.

Lefty Zach Jackson followed Hamburger and surrendered three runs on eight hits in 3.2 innings. Pedro Strop (3.24 ERA/.277 BAA) punched out two in 1.1 hitless, scoreless frames to earn his 10th save.

Sacramento pitching struck out 13 batters in the game, and Round Rock's hurlers recorded 10 punchouts.

Player of the Game: RHP Mark Hamburger
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
4.0 1 0 0 1 5 0 4.47




AA: Frisco 0 – Northwest Arkansas 2
L - Snyder (8-5)
24-23, 6.0 GB


The RoughRiders' offense was held in check by Royals prospect Jake Odorizzi on Friday. Odorizzi scattered three singles over 6.1 innings.

Mike Bianucci (1/4), Jonathan Greene (1/3) and Engel Beltre (1/2, BB) had the only knocks.

Slugging third baseman Tom Mendonca was 0-for-4 with a strikeout. After posting a .324/.381/.574 slash line in the Texas League's first half, Mendonca is batting only .217/.281/.391 since the All-Star break.

Starter Ben Snyder was the loser despite pitching well. The lefty permitted two runs––one earned––in six innings, working around four hits and three walks. He struck out one.

Southpaw reliever Corey Young retired all six batters he faced––fanning one––in two perfect innings.

Jake Brigham (4.93 ERA/.251 BAA) entered the night having issued eight walks in 2.2 innings during his last two appearances. But the 23-year-old fanned all three batters he faced––two swinging, one called––during the top of the ninth on Friday.

Player of the Game: LHP Ben Snyder
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
6.0 4 2 1 3 1 0 4.37




A+: Myrtle Beach 0 – (@) Potomac 1
L - Boscan (4-10)
23-24, 3.5 GB


The Pelicans got the challenge of facing rehabbing Nationals phenom Stephen Strasburg on Friday. The fireballing righty worked three scoreless innings on 33 pitches, allowing two hits and fanning five without issuing a walk.

DH Travis Adair (1/4) and centerfielder Ryan Strausborger (2/4) each had an infield single against Strasburg. Strausborger also stole his 29th base of the season.

Jared Prince (2/4, 2B), Jared Hoying (1/4) and Andres James (1/3) had the team's only other hits.

After Strasburg exited the game, the P-Nats brought in soft-toss lefty Evan Bronson, who was throwing his fastball around 83 mph––an adjustment the Pelicans clearly struggled to make.

Venezuelan righty Wilfredo Boscan (3.92 ERA/.283 BAA) scattered eight hits (including seven singles) and allowed one unearned run over six innings. He struck out two and walked one.

Sinkerballing righty Zach Osborne (3.67 ERA/.269 BAA) finished the game for Myrtle Beach with two shutout frames.

The 6-foot-5 Osborne has 43 strikeouts and 12 walks in 41.2 innings at High-A. He has also yielded just one home run in 56 total innings this season.

Player of the Game: RHP Wilfredo Boscan
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
6.0 8 1 0 1 2 0 3.92




A: Hickory 4 – Kannapolis 5 (10 innings)
L - Marban (1-5)
HR - Villanueva (14), Selen (11)
26-21, 2.5 GB


Nick Tepesch (3.58 ERA/.273 BAA) worked at least six innings for now the ninth time in his last 10 starts. The Missouri product allowed two runs on five hits in 6.2 frames, walking one and striking out seven.

Third baseman Christian Villanueva was 2-for-3 with a home run––his 14th of the season––along with a walk and three RBI. Alejandro Selen (1/4, HR) also went yard.

Andrew Clark (2/4, 2B) doubled while Odubel Herrera (2/4) and Tomas Telis (2/4) both singled twice.

Player of the Game: 3B Christian Villanueva
AB R H 2B HR RBI BB K AVG
3 1 2 0 1 3 1 0 .282




SSA: Spokane 4 - (@) Salem-Keizer 8
L - Klein (1-2)
7-10, 5.0 GB


The Indians fell after surrendering four runs in the bottom of the eighth inning. Tall righty Phil Klein allowed all four runs in the eighth, although only one was earned.

Starter Nick McBride yielded four runs––three earned––on six hits over six innings pitched. He induced 10 groundouts against just one flyout and fanned six without walking a batter.

Matt West punched out one in a scoreless inning.

Rougned Odor (2/5, 2B), Brett Nicholas (1/4, 2B, BB) and Trever Adams (1/3, 2B, 2 BB) all doubled once. Shortstop Hanser Alberto continued to heat up, as he was 2-for-4 with his sixth stolen base of the season.

Player of the Game: 1B Trever Adams
AB R H 2B HR RBI BB K AVG
3 0 1 1 0 1 2 1 .309




RK: AZL Rangers 2 – AZL Giants 6
L - Faulkner (0-1)
28-14, 8.5 GU


Andrew Faulkner, the Rangers' 14th round pick in this year's MLB Draft, was hit around for the first time in his young professional career on Friday.

The left-hander (2.50 ERA/.191 BAA) struck out five batters in two innings, but he also surrendered three runs on five hits and two walks.

Tall righty Shawn Blackwell (3.52 ERA/.233 BAA) followed with four innings of relief, giving up two runs on three hits, walking one and fanning six.

Andres Perez-Lobo, who was recently signed to the Arizona League from short-season Spokane, gave up a hit and plunked a batter during two scoreless frames. He struck out two.

After pitching well in spring training, Perez-Lobo has struggled in the regular season. The 19-year-old has allowed 27 runs in 26.2 innings between Hickory and Spokane this season.

Nick Urbanus (1/5, 2B), Matt Leeds (1/4, 2B) and Chris Grayson (1/3, 2B, BB) all doubled once. Kevin Torres (2/4) and Jordan Akins (2/4) had two singles apiece.

Player of the Game: RHP Shawn Blackwell
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
4.0 3 2 2 1 6 0 3.52




DSL: DSL Rangers 4 – DSL Marlins 7
L - Tirado (4-3)
36-25, 3.5 GB


Facing their complex mates in Boca Chica, the Dominican Rangers fell behind 6-0 through five innings and couldn't quite come back.

Southpaw starter Pedro Tirado (4.37 ERA/.261 BAA) permitted a season-high six runs on 10 hits over 4.2 innings pitched, walking two and striking out three. The 20-year-old pitched well early this season but has scuffled in his last four starts.

Third baseman Smerling Lantigua (1/4, 2B) and centerfielder Diego Cedeno (1/4, 2B) each doubled for their lone hit in four at-bats.

Leadoff man Alberto Triunfel (.252/.333/.333) had his hitting streak snapped at nine games, as he went 0-for-2 with two walks. In five games since returning to action (he'd been out since July 13), Trunfel is 9-for-21 with three doubles and three walks.

Catcher Luis Cedeno singled in both of his plate appearances.

Jorge de Jesus saw his earned-run average drop to 19.44 after he worked two scoreless innings. He gave up one hit and struck out one without issuing a walk.

Player of the Game: RHP Jorge de Jesus
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
2.0 1 0 0 0 1 0 19.44




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