Minor League Roundup - 6/22

The AZL Rangers opened their season with a low-scoring victory over the Royals on Sunday morning. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action.

AAA: Oklahoma 0 – Round Rock 3
L – Nippert (5-2)
42-36, 4.0 GU


The RedHawks were shut out by Round Rock pitchers Dave Borkowski and Kyle Middleton on Sunday, but they did get a strong start from Dustin Nippert.

The former Arizona Diamondback surrendered three runs on seven hits in seven innings, walking none and fanning four.

Joaquin Arias (2/4), Nelson Cruz (1/4) and Taylor Teagarden (1/3, 2B) had all of Oklahoma's hits.

Rehabbing first baseman Hank Blalock was 0-for-2 with a walk.

Relief pitchers Yukinaga Maeda and Warner Madrigal both struck out two in a scoreless inning of work.

Player of the Game: RHP Dustin Nippert
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
7.0 7 3 3 0 4 2 4.47


AA: Frisco 3 – Corpus Christi 2
W – Ballard (6-3)
SV – Diaz (2)
5-0, 2.0 GU


Frisco improved to 5-0 in the Texas League's second half behind the work of left-hander Mike Ballard.

Ballard (4.20 ERA/.321 BAA) spread out seven singles over six innings while permitting two runs (one earned). He struck out five without giving out a free pass.

Centerfielder Dustin Majewski (.272/.379/.396) doubled and walked twice while Emerson Frostad (2/4, 2B) doubled and singled.

Thomas Berkery (.262/.347/.454) singled twice in two at-bats.

Joselo Diaz earned the save with three shutout innings. He gave up two hits, walked three, and struck out four.

Player of the Game: LHP Mike Ballard
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
6.0 7 2 1 0 5 0 4.20


A+: Bakersfield - OFF
2-4, 2.0 GB


The Blaze are currently on their All-Star break.

A: Clinton 8 – (@) Kane County 0
W – Feliz (6-2)
HR – Gac (18)
1-3, 3.0 GB


Neftali Feliz put a stop to Clinton's losing streak by absolutely mowing down the Kane County lineup.

The fireballing 20-year-old gave up just three hits over six scoreless frames. He walked two batters and struck out 10.

In his last three outings – spanning 16.1 innings – Feliz has struck out 30 hitters.

The L-Kings had eight runs on 20 hits on Sunday. They left 16 runners on base.

Second baseman Matt Lawson (.279/.329/.377) led the team with four hits, including two doubles, in six at-bats.

Centerfielder Kyle Murphy (2/5, 3B) tripled while Ian Gac (3/6, HR) hit a home run.

Renny Osuna (2/4, BB), Tim Smith (3/6), Mitch Moreland (2/5, BB), and Andres James (3/5) all had multiple singles.

After walking a total of 10 times in the season's first two months, Moreland has drawn 13 free passes in 19 June games, including nine in his last 10 contests.

Keisuke Ueno (2 IP) and Chris Dennis (1 IP) helped to complete the shutout.

Player of the Game: RHP Neftali Feliz
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
6.0 3 0 0 2 10 0 2.06


SSA: Spokane 5 – (@) Eugene 2
W – Ramirez (1-0)
4-2, 0.0 GU


There was no four balk performance for Neil Ramirez in his second career outing. In fact, he didn't have any balks.

The former first round pick yielded only one run on two hits over five innings of work. He struck out six while walking two.

The Indians offense scored five runs without the benefit of an extra-base hit on Sunday.

Jared Bolden (2/5), Eric Fry (2/5) and Joey Butler (2/3, 2 BB) all had a pair of singles.

Right-hander Matt Nevarez walked two batters in two innings, but he struck out three and didn't allow a base hit.

Player of the Game: RHP Neil Ramirez
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
5.0 2 1 1 2 6 1 3.38


RK: AZL Rangers 3 – AZL Royals 2
W – Ocampo (1-0)
SV – Ortiz (1)
1-0, 0.0 GU


One week after he made a decent spot-start for Single-A Clinton, tall righty Ben Henry yielded only two unearned runs in five innings for the AZL Rangers. He gave up three hits, walked two, and struck out five.

Right-hander Kyle Ocampo followed Henry and retired nine of the ten batters he faced. The only batter to reach base safely did so on an Erik Morrison error. The California native ended up striking three batters in three innings.

Catcher Leonel De Los Santos (1/3, 3B, BB) and right fielder Lejuan Hill (1/2, 2B, BB) had the team's two extra-base hits in the game.

Johan Yan played first base and went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts. Yan originally signed as a shortstop, but has since moved to third as his body has continued to develop and out-grow the position.

Diminutive lefty Joseph Ortiz punched out one in a scoreless inning of relief.

Player of the Game: RHP Kyle Ocampo
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
3.0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0.00


DSL: DSL Rangers1 - OFF
11-7, 0.0 GU


Both of the Rangers' DSL teams were quiet on Sunday.

DSL: DSL Rangers2 - OFF
9-9, 2.0 GB


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