Minor League Roundup - 4/7

Mendoza's rehab outing was sharp

Monday was yet another successful day for Rangers farmhands, as the system's affiliates combined to allow a grand total of two runs. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action.

AAA: Oklahoma 6 – Nashville 1
W – Mendoza (1-0)
3-2, 0.0 GU


Luis Mendoza had a near flawless rehab start with Triple-A Oklahoma on Monday, as he needed just 81 pitches to get through 7 1/3 innings.

Mendoza, who had his sinker working, induced 14 groundouts versus just four flyouts. He allowed only one run on seven hits, walking none and fanning two. Mendoza's next start will come in a Rangers uniform.

Left fielder Brandon Boggs had the best game of his young Triple-A career, going 2-for-3 with a double, a triple, and a walk.

DH Kevin Mench (2/4, 2 2B) also had a pair of extra-base hits.

Shortstop Casey Benjamin was 2-for-4 with a run scoring triple.

Player of the Game: RHP Luis Mendoza
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
7.1 7 1 1 0 2 0 1.23


AA: Frisco 8 – (@) Arkansas 0
W – Hodges (1-0)
HR – Davis (1)
5-0, 0.0 GU


Frisco remained perfect behind a strong effort from 29-year-old pitcher Trey Hodges. A Houston native who pitched with the Atlanta Braves in 2002 and 2003, Hodges tossed six innings of shutout ball. He gave up four hits, walked one, and fanned five.

Frostad is off to a strong start.
The ‘Riders offense had a field day against the Travelers' pitching staff, led by Chris Davis' first home run of the season. The slugging first baseman was 2-for-4 with a home run, a double, and two runs batted in.

Third baseman Emerson Frostad led the team with three hits, including a pair of doubles.

Max Ramirez (2/4, 3B) and Thomas Berkery (2/4, 2B) added a pair of hits while Craig Gentry and John Mayberry each doubled.

Relief pitchers Brandon Puffer (1 IP), Dan Touchet (1 IP), and Brennan Garr (1 IP) didn't allow a single baserunner in their three combined innings.

Player of the Game: RHP Trey Hodges
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
6.0 4 0 0 1 5 0 0.00


A+: Bakersfield 9 – (@) Stockton 0
W – Bannister (1-0)
1-4, 3.0 GB


Right-handed pitcher John Bannister was able to pick up the win in his first minor league game since the 2006 season. Bannister missed all of last year after undergoing Tommy John surgery.

Gerrard is earning a reputation as a fast starter.
With the Blaze in desperate need of a solid pitching performance, Bannister gave his club five shutout frames. He yielded three hits, walked three, and struck out four. The 24-year-old posted an impressive 10:1 groundout-to-flyout ratio.

Right fielder Grant Gerrard's (.471/.571/.824 in 17 at-bats) unconscious start continued, as he was 3-for-4 with two doubles and a walk. The Southern Illinois product has three doubles, one home run, and four walks in five games.

Third baseman John Whittleman went 2-for-5 with two doubles and three strikeouts.

Leadoff man Julio Borbon put an end to his slow start by getting two singles, a double, and a stolen base in five plate appearances.

Every hitter in the Bakersfield lineup had at least one base hit.

Reliever Jared Hyatt fanned four in three scoreless innings while Andrew Laughter hurled a hitless ninth.

Player of the Game: RF Grant Gerrard
AB R H 2B HR RBI BB K AVG
4 2 3 2 0 2 1 0 .471


A: Clinton 8 – (@) Wisconsin 1
W – Quintero (1-0)
4-1, 1.0 GB


Quintero is one of the system's more underrated prospects.
Jorge Quintero shined in his first start with Single-A Clinton, chunking five innings of one run, three-hit ball. The native of Venezuela walked two and struck out one.

Big righty Fabio Castillo posted three scoreless innings in relief, giving up just one hit while striking out two.

With every hitter in the Clinton lineup recording at least one hit, the L-Kings offense had a field day, but they also received some help from the Wisconsin defense. The Timber Rattlers committed seven errors in the game.

The bats were led by DH Cristian Santana (2/5), LF Tim Smith (2/4, 2B, BB), and 2B Matt Lawson (2/5, BB).

Although Santana is currently listed as an outfielder, he has yet to play in the field this season.

Player of the Game: RHP Fabio Castillo
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
3.0 1 0 0 1 2 0 0.00


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