Roster Move: 7/25

The Express are finally at full capacity! Before tonight’s game against the Oklahoma City Dodgers, PCL All-Star LHP Jimmy Reyes was activated off the 7-day DL. He had been placed on the DL back on 7/9 (retroactive to 7/7).

In 25 appearances (3 starts, 22 relief appearances), Reyes has a 1.38 ERA (7er/45.2ip) and a 5-1 record. He earned his first save of the season in his last outing (prior to going on the DL), pitching a hitless 0.2 inning against Nashville.

Reyes was drafted in the 7th round of the 2010 June Draft out of Elon University. He is in his sixth professional season.

LHP Jimmy Reyes on the mound.

LHP Jimmy Reyes on the mound.

A Historical Choice

Michael Choice made history Monday night. Or at least tied history in the Pacific Coast League. He had two outfield assists in the seventh inning, which ties the PCL record for the most outfield assists in a single inning. Choice is just the eighth player to accomplish such a feat and the first since Tacoma’s Mike Carp did so on April 7, 2011 vs. Sacramento. The first player to set the record was Los Angeles’ Dorsey Carroll on August 13, 1922 also vs. Sacramento. Choice has five total assists on the season in 96 total chances.

Michael Choice fields a fly ball.

Michael Choice fields a fly ball.

(Thanks to Andrew Cockrum with the Pacific Coast League office for the statistical information.)

It’s All in the Walk-Up

Dell Diamond is full of unique sounds and noises that make the experience that is Round Rock Express baseball something out of the ordinary. Whether it is a foul ball going out of play or the train rolling by, the production team is ready for anything with a funny sound clip or a well-timed song, but the most notable sounds at Dell Diamond are the walk-up songs selected by Express players.

The player walk-up playlists includes country, rock, reggae, Latin, dance, and rap with each genre giving fans a glimpse of the personalities that make up the E-Train. Below is a list of the walk-up songs fans hear at Dell Diamond and which player the song is used for. The list encapsulates songs of current and former players from the 2015 season.

  • Tommy Field – Wheels Rollin’ – Jason Aldean

  • Ryan Strausborger – Used to – Lil Wayne
  • Tomas Telis – Plakito (feat. El General Gadiel) – Yandel
  • Tyler Pastornicky – Bottoms Up – Brantley Gilbert
  • Rougned Odor – Danza Kuduro – Don Omar Lucenzo
  • Chris Gimenez – Animals – Maroon 5
  • Luke Jackson – The Cave – Mumford and Sons

  • Michael Choice – Herb Stock (feat. Mykal Rose) – Tribal Seeds
  • Brett Nicholas – Eight Second Ride – Jake Owen
  • Jared Hoying – Buy Me a Boat – Chris Janson

  • Chi Chi Gonzalez – Shake – Pitbull
  • Anthony Ranaudo – Three Little Birds – Bob Marley
  • Jon Edwards – Big Bad John – Jimmy Dean

  • Juan Perez – Adiccion al Contacto – Don Miguelo
  • Jerad Eickhoff – Too Old to Die Young – Brother Dege
  • Hanser Alberto – Ven Espiritu Santo – Barak
  • Alex Claudio – Hoy Lo Siento (feat. Tony Dize) – Zion Lennox
  • Ross Ohlendorf – Barefoot Blue Jean Night – Jake Owen

  • Yeyson Yrizarri – No Naci Pa Perder – Ljay ft. Jose Reyes
  • Joey Gallo – Pony – Ginuwine
  • Ed Lucas – Shake the Foundation – The Band of Heathens

Did your walk-up song make the list? If not, comment below and let us know what tune you would have playing at Dell Diamond as you walked up to the plate!

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The Stars Have Aligned in Central Texas

The Round Rock Express enter the 2015 All-Star break with a record of 52-37 and hold a 5.0 game lead over second place Memphis in the American Southern division thanks to high-quality play and an abundance of talent. RHP Jon Edwards and C Tomas Telis will be representing the E-Train at the 2015 Triple-A All-Star Game in Omaha at Werner Park, each earning their first Triple-A All-Star nod. The best Triple-A ballplayers will be in attendance as the Pacific Coast League and International League battle for Triple-A supremacy. Here is a look at how Edwards and Telis earned their way to Omaha.

RHP Jon Edwards

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Edwards enters the All-Star break leading the Pacific Coast League with 17 saves in 18 opportunities. The 6’5″ righty went 11-for-11 in save opportunities to start the season and had a 16.0 scoreless-innings streak from April 17-July 4. He is currently tied for fourth in the PCL with 22 games finished. Edwards threw back-to-back three strikeout performances on April 30 and May 3, giving up two hits and one walk over 2.0 combined innings. He has absolutely shutdown right-handed hitters in the first half of the season, holding them to a .146 average (6-41) with one double, one triple and two RBIs allowed.

Edwards has seen time with the Texas Rangers this year with a one game appearance on April 11 and then a stint from May 27-June 21. Edwards went 0-0 with a 6.00 ERA in 11 games with the Rangers before returning to Round Rock on June 28. Below are his stats at the Triple-A level this season:

W L ERA G GS CG SV SVO IP H R ER HR HB BB IBB SO
0 1 2.14 23 0 0 17 18 21 16 5 5 1 0 7 0 27

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Telis had a hot start to the 2015 campaign as he batted .353 (41-116) through the first 27 games of the year, including a 13-game hit streak from April 26-May 12. He recorded three home runs, nine RBIs, two doubles and two walks during the streak while only striking out four times. The switch hitter continued his impressive start by keeping his batting average above .300 from April 15 until June 25, seeing time behind the plate, in the designated hitter slot and even played some first. Telis has 25 multi-hit game so far this season, including five three-hit contests and one four hit affair.

Telis has caught a team-high 434.0 innings and has 386 putouts on the year. Telis also leads the club in the caught stealing department with a .482 (27-56) caught stealing percentage. Here is a look at his stats from the first half of the 2015 season:

G AB R H TB 2B 3B HR RBI BB IBB SO SB CS AVG
70 282 43 82 114 15 1 5 25 14 2 31 1 2 .291

Other notes
LHP Jimmy Reyes and RHP Anthony Ranaudo were also selected to the Triple-A All-Star game, but are unable to attend. Reyes is currently on the disabled list and Ranaudo is with the Texas Rangers.

All-Star Game Info:

What: First National Bank 2015 Triple-A All-Star Game

Who: Pacific Coast League vs. International League

Where: Omaha, NE at Werner Park, home of the Omaha Stormchasers

When: Wednesday, July 15 at 7:05 p.m. CDT

Watch: MLB Network, the American Forces Network and MiLB.tv (with subscription)

Listen: Triple-A All-Star Game Radio Network / 104.9 The Horn

Think some other E-Train members deserved to go to Omaha? Leave us a comment below about which players you think are among the best in Pacific Coast League!

The Express get back to the diamond this Thursday against the Oklahoma City Dodgers at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, kicking off an eight-game road trip before returning for 12 straight at Dell Diamond on July 24.

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Father’s Day Gift Guide

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Father’s Day is right around the corner and if you’re stumped on what to get your dad for his special day, we’ve got you covered! The Railyard team store offers the best assortment of Express hats, shirts, accessories and other novelties that make the ideal gift for any dad on his special day. Check out our list of Father’s Day gifts and collectibles and let them spark your imagination!

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Every man cave needs some memorabilia, so how about an autographed chair from the Express clubhouse! Come by the Railyard for more info.

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The fierce Chains t-shirt shows your dad’s true E-Train passion.

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Give your dad an Express Beer Stein and let him sip a cold one in style.

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The Affiliate t-shirt displays both a father’s love for the Express and the Rangers!

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Let your dad feel like a big leaguer as he sees his name on a Personalized Bat from the Railyard! Swing by the Railyard in person for more details.

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A Nike Game Top is the perfect choice for active dads!

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The classic. The New Era E-Train hat worn by the players can be worn by your dad too!

So, what are you going to get your dad?!

Anything we missed that you feel should be on the list? Let us know!

Check out the Railyard Team Store online or stop by Dell Diamond to shop in person!

2015 Fan Fest

The warm spring air is the first sign that baseball season is on its way. What’s the second sign? Fan Fest of course! On Saturday, March 28 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Dell Diamond, Fan Fest returns. The annual preseason gathering is the prime time to rejuvenate your baseball spirit and prepare you for the sport that defines summer. Baseball season is rapidly approaching towards Round Rock and we want you to celebrate with us!

What is there to do at Fan Fest? Just take a look at the fun from previous years.

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Fan Fest is a great opportunity for fans to buy ticket packages for the 2015 season. Whether it is Full Season, Fireworks-Plus or Flex-Plan packages, our staff will provide you with all of the information you need to enjoy a season at Dell Diamond. Click on the photo to check out the ticket options for the 2015 season.

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Need a great way to spend a Saturday with your kids? Fan Fest is the perfect place to let them experience the fun of baseball and the great activities offered at Dell Diamond. The Fun Zone will be open, future Junior Sluggers will be able to sign up and a Scavenger Hunt will be in place all around the ballpark! Click on the photo for Spike’s Junior Sluggers Kids Club information!

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Think you can throw some heat? The bullpen will be open to clock the speed of each fan’s fastball. This is a unique opportunity to feel like a pro and should not be missed. A radar gun will be on site to accurately measure the speed of each pitch. Come test your speed!

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The Railyard is your one-stop shop for all of your Express merchandise needs! There will be a sale at the Railyard during Fan Fest, as well as grab bags and a prize wheel. Click on the photo to shop at the Railyard now!

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Fans will get to preview their potential seats when purchasing ticket packages. Fan Fest serves as a great chance for fans to not only see what ticket options are available, but they literally get to see where they can watch games from when they purchase tickets. Be sure to find a Ticket Representative at Fan Fest if you have any questions!

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Not only do fans get the opportunity to pitch like a pro, but we provide the special chance for fans to take batting practice at Dell Diamond! Is there a better feeling than walking up to the plate at Dell Diamond and taking a few swings?

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Calling all competitive eaters! The Hot Dog Eating Contest is back! This fan favorite glorifies the ballpark delicacy and the fan who can eat the most of them. Click on the photo to sign up!

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Our scavenger hunt will take you all around Dell Diamond for a baseball adventure. This self-guided tour will take fans to multiple areas of Dell Diamond. Any fan who successfully completes the scavenger hunt will receive a Be Our Guest Card, good for two reserved-seat tickets for a regular-season Sunday through Thursday game.

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We look forward to seeing you on Saturday, March 28 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Come and enjoy all aspects of Fan Fest with your friends and family for a fun-filled afternoon. Click on the photo for more information about the other events going on at Fan Fest!

Preseason Outfielders

If there is one area of Rangers Spring Training that will be providing the most competition it will be the battle for outfield positions.  The Rangers have selected five Non-Roster Invitees to join the six outfielders on the active roster and all of them are looking to make a statement.  A mix of veteran leaders and youthful future stars will give fans a glimpse of what to expect in 2015.

JARED HOYING – OF – 2014 Statistics:
RR: AB: 509,  R: 86, H: 138, 2B: 33, 3B: 7, HR: 26, RBI: 78, SB: 20, BB: 40, SO: 140, BA: .271, OBP: .325, SLG: .517, OPS: .842

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Hoying led the Express in almost every statistical batting category last year, so it is fair to say that his play was critical to the teams performance.  Hoying was the Express leader in at-bats, hits, runs, doubles, triples, home runs and runs batted in.  While he did not lead in these categories, Hoying batted .271, had an OBP of .325, SLG of .517 and an OPS of .842.  Hoying played 113 games in center field for Round Rock and recorded 260 putouts to go along with seven assists.  He will be attending Rangers Spring Training as a Non-Roster Invitee.

RYAN LUDWICK – OF – 2014 Statistics:
CIN: AB: 357, R: 28, H: 87, 2B: 20, 3B: 0, HR: 9, RBI: 45, SB: 0, BB: 31, SO: 94, BA: .244, OBP: .308, SLG: .375, OPS: .683

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The newly signed Ludwick joins the Rangers with a minor league contract after three seasons in Cincinnati.  The right-handed batter and left-handed thrower started his career with the Rangers in 2002 and has made stops in Cleveland, St. Louis, San Diego, Pittsburgh and Cincinnati.  In 2014, Ludwick saw action in 92 games for Cincinnati at left field and had a 1.000 fielding percentage.  Ludwick batted .244 with 45 runs batted in, nine home runs and 87 hits.  The 2008 All Star looks to make an impact at Rangers Spring Training as a Non-Roster Invitee.

NATE SCHIERHOLTZ – OF – 2014 Statistics:
WAS: AB: 40, R: 3, H: 9, 2B: 1, 3B: 1, HR: 1, RBI: 4, SB: 0, BB: 2, SO: 8, BA: .225, OBP: .262, SLG: .375, OPS: .637
CHC: AB: 313, R: 29, H: 60, 2B: 10, 3B: 3, HR: 6, RBI: 33, SB: 4, BB: 18, SO: 76, BA: .192, OBP: .240, SLG: .300, OPS: .541

MLB: NLDS-San Francisco Giants at Washington Nationals

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Schierholtz spent the majority of 2014 with the Chicago Cubs before finishing the season in Washington.  The Nationals brought Schierholtz in to help their playoff push that ultimately ended in defeat to the eventual World Series champions, San Francisco Giants.  In the 2014 NLDS vs. San Francisco, Schierholtz went 1 for 1 with a double and two walks in four games.  Schierholtz posted a four-hit game against the St. Louis Cardinals on April 11, 2014 with one double, one run batted in and scored a run.  Schierholtz enters Rangers Spring Training as a Non-Roster Invitee.

NOMAR MAZARA – OF – 2014 Statistics:
FRI: AB: 85, R: 10, H: 26, 2B: 7, 3B: 1, HR: 3, RBI: 16, SB: 0, BB: 9, SO: 22, BA: .306, OBP: .381, SLG: .518, OPS: .899

HKY: AB: 398, R: 68, H: 105, 2B: 21, 3B: 2, HR: 19, RBI: 73, SB: 4, BB: 57, SO: 99, BA: .264, OBP: .358, SLG: .470, OPS: .828

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Mazara finished his 2014 campaign in Frisco after playing 106 games in Hickory.  Mazara’s production continued once he got to Frisco and he certainly took advantage of his first crack at double A ball.  While with the RoughRiders, Mazara put up a .306 average with 26 hits and nine walks in 24 games.  In only his fifth game with the club, Mazara had three hits with three runs batted in during an 8-1 Frisco victory.  At the young age of 19, Mazara will continue his maturation in 2015 with the hopes of a successful season both at the plate and on the field.

This concludes the Express Tracks 2015 preseason preview.  We touched on the potential starting pitchers, relief pitchers, catchers, infielders and outfielders and how they will impact the Express organization this season.  Opening Day is rapidly approaching and hopefully this preview has inspired you to get out your glove and prepare for the great season ahead.  Be sure to stay up to date with Spring Training and also follow the Express on Facebook and Twitter!

**Please remember these previews are not official documentation of the Express roster and do not determine any roster moves.**

Preseason Infielders

The fourth installment of our preseason preview will cover the possible infielders that could be seeing time at Dell Diamond in 2015.  Whether they are turning two, making a stab at third, or stretching to make the out at first, the following players could make an impact for the Express this season.

JOEY GALLO – 3B – 2014 Statistics:
FRI: AB: 250, R: 44, H: 58, 2B: 10, 3B: 0, HR: 21, RBI: 246, SB: 2, BB: 36, SO: 115, BA: .232, OBP: .334, SLG: .524, OPS: .858
MYR: AB: 189, R: 53, H: 61, 2B: 9, 3B: 3, HR: 21, RBI: 50, SB: 5, BB: 51, SO: 64, BA: .323, OBP: .463, SLG: .735, OPS: 1.199

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The Rangers No.1 prospect put together a solid 2014 while playing for Myrtle Beach and Frisco.  The Bishop Gorman HS product played 53 games at third base for the RoughRiders and put up at fielding percentage of .943 with 96 assists and eight errors.  The Rangers organization sees a bright future for Gallo and will get an even closer look at him as he attends Rangers Spring Training as a Non-Roster Invitee. While he might not be on the Express roster come Opening Day, don’t be surprised if you see him in Round Rock before the end of 2015.

HANSER ALBERTO – SS – 2014 Statistics:
FRI: AB: 178, R: 23, H: 49, 2B: 6, 3B: 1, HR: 2, RBI: 15, SB: 6, BB: 6, SO: 17, BA: .275, OBP: .314, SLG: .354, OPS: .668
MYR: AB: 262, R: 37, H: 71, 2B: 15, 3B: 3, HR: 5, RBI: 43, SB: 10, BB: 10, SO: 25, BA: .271, OBP: .301, SLG: .408, OPS: .709

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Alberto was selected by the Rangers organization as Defender of the Month for July in 2014 after an impress start since his promotion to Frisco.  In 50 games with Frisco, Alberto posted a fielding percentage of .988 with only three errors.  Alberto finished the 2014 campaign with six stolen bases for Frisco, which left him tied for fourth on the team.  Look for Alberto to continue his development and turn some heads in 2015. Another one who might not make it on the E-Train after Spring Training, he could done the Express uniform at some point this season.

ROUGNED ODOR – 2B – 2014 Statistics:
TEX: AB: 386, R: 39, H: 100, 2B: 14, 3B: 7, HR: 9, RBI: 48, SB: 4, BB: 17, SO: 71, BA: .259, OBP: .297, SLG: .402, OPS: .698
FRI: AB: 129, R: 21, H: 36, 2B: 2, 3B: 1, HR: 6, RBI: 17, SB: 6, BB: 7, SO: 22, BA: .279, OBP: .314, SLG: .450, OPS: .763 

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Odor blasted his way through the ranks and was called up for his major league debut on May 8, 2014.  After 32 games in Frisco, Odor spent the 2014 season with the Rangers and is looking to do it again.  He was third on the team in triples, fifth in home runs, third in runs batted in and fifth in batting average.  Odor’s production was critical to the Rangers in 2014 and he hopes to be a bright spot in the Rangers future. On the off chance Odor doesn’t make the Rangers roster out of camp, expect to see him working some glove magic at Dell Diamond.

EDWIN GARCIA – SS – 2014 Statistics:
FRI: AB: 102, R: 14, H: 21, 2B: 4, 3B: 0, HR: 0, RBI: 6, SB: 1, BB: 8, SO: 21, BA: .206, OBP: .259, SLG: .245, OPS: .504
MYR: AB: 198,  R: 21, H: 52, 2B: 9, 3B: 0, HR: 0, RBI: 11, SB: 3, BB: 14, SO: 31, BA: .263, OBP: .311, SLG: .308, OPS: .619

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Garcia played 25 games at shortstop for Frisco and recorded a .932 fielding percentage for the RoughRiders.  He turned 11 double plays, had 51 assists and committed six errors to go along with 21 hits and 14 runs in 102 at-bats.  As a possible member of the Express, Garcia hopes to remain on a steady path of progression and make 2015 a successful season.

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The last piece of the preseason preview will focus on the outfielders that will be representing the Rangers organization.  The competition for outfield spots will be the most fierce of all positions at Rangers Spring Training with a plethora of talent to go around.

Preseason Catchers

The 2015 rendition of Rangers Spring Training looks to foster intense competition at the catcher position.  Major league experience, tenacity and professionalism make up the three catchers below and they all will be vying for spots in the Rangers system.  Here is a look at who could be behind that plate at Dell Diamond this season.

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CHRIS GIMENEZ- C – 2014 Statistics:
TEX: AB: 107, R: 13, H: 28, 2B: 10, 3B: 0, HR: 0, RBI: 11, SB: 0, CS: 1, BB: 11, SO: 26, AVG: .262, OBP: .331, SLG: .355, OPS: .686
CLE: AB: 9, R: 0, H: 0, 2B: 0, 3B: 0, HR: 0, RBI: 0, SB: 0, CS: 0, BB: 1, AVG: .000, OBP: .100, SLG: .000, OPS: .100
RR: AB: 134, R: 18, H: 38, 2B: 4, 3B: 2, HR: 6, RBI: 22, SB: 0, CS: 1, BB: 19, SO: 30, AVG: .284, OBP: .365, SLG: .478, OPS: .843
After finishing last season with the Cleveland Indians, the Rangers welcome back Gimenez to the team he started with in 2014.  Gimenez caught 26 games for the Rangers, two for the Cleveland Indians and 39 for the Express.  As a Ranger, Gimenez recorded a fielding percentage of .991 while behind the plate and .986 in his time with the Express.  He batted .284, hit six home runs and added 19 walks with Round Rock,  Gimenez will attend Rangers Spring Training as a Non-Roster Invitee.

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JORGE ALFARO- C – 2014 Statistics:
MYR: AB: 398, R: 63, H: 104, 2B: 22, 3B: 5, HR: 13, RBI: 73, SB: 6, CS: 5, BB: 23, SO: 100, AVG: .261, OBP: .318, SLG: .440, OPS: .758
FRI: AB: 88, R: 12, H: 23, 2B: 4, 3B: 0, HR: 4, RBI: 14, SB: 0, CS: 0, BB: 6, SO: 23, AVG: .261, OBP: .343, SLG: .443, OPS: .787
Alfaro enters Rangers Spring Training as an Active Roster member after an impressive 2014.  In 75 games with Myrtle Beach behind the plate, Alfaro caught 19 players stealing and had 65 assists to go along with a .979 fielding percentage.  Alfaro continued to produce in Frisco by posting a 1.000 fielding percentage while catching 38% of base runners attempting to steal.  The competition will be fierce in the catching department at Rangers Spring Training and Alfaro looks to turn some heads.

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CARLOS CORPORAN- C –  2014 Statistics:
HOU: AB: 170, R: 22, H: 40, 2B: 6, 3B: 0, HR: 6, RBI: 19, SB: 0, CS: 0, BB: 14, SO: 37, AVG: .235, OBP: .302, SLG: .376, OPS: .678
Corporan started 48 games for the Houston Astros and has earned his way to an Active Roster spot heading into Spring Training with the Rangers.  In 2014 Corporan recorded his highest fielding percentage (.992) of his Major League career (minimum 20 games) to go with four double plays turned.  Considering he only played 55 with Houston, Corporan’s 22 runs placed him 11th on the Astro’s runs scored list.  Corporan was a staple of the Astros organization for the past four seasons and his experience and work ethic will be a great addition to the Rangers organization.

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BRETT NICHOLAS – C – 2014 Statistics:
RR: AB: 452, R: 40, H: 124, 2B: 20, 3B: 1, HR: 10, RBI: 58, SB: 4, BB: 27, SO: 112, BA: .274, OBP: .322, SLG: .389, OPS: .712

Due Up:
Now that we have completed our look at potential Pitchers and Catchers, we shift out attention to the Infielders who might be playing on the dirt of Dell Diamond this coming season.

Potential Relief Pitchers

A consistent bullpen is a luxury in the game of baseball and the Express are looking for just that in 2015.  Below are the possible relief pitchers that could be trotting from the bullpen to the mound at Dell Diamond this summer.  A mix of fresh faces and veteran grinders has the makings of an eclectic group of relief pitchers.

ANTHONY BASS – RHP – 2014 Statistics:
HOU: W-L:  1-1,  ERA: 6.33, IP: 27, H: 32, R: 20, ER: 19, HR: 6, BB: 7, SO: 7
OKC: W-L: 0-2, ERA:  3.31, IP: 16.1, H: 15, R: 9, ER:6, HR: 3, BB: 6, SO: 14
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Bass brings a Major League level arsenal with him into the 2015 season.  Stops with the San Diego Padres from 2011-2013 and the Houston Astros in 2014 have given Bass the professionalism needed to make an impact anywhere he goes.  Bass finished 2014 with the Oklahoma City Dodgers primarily coming out of the bullpen.  Bass will be attending Rangers Spring Training as a Non-Roster Invitee.
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JUAN CARLOS OVIEDO – RHP – 2014 Statistics:
TB: W-L: 3-3, ERA: 3.69, IP: 31.2, H: 27, R: 14, ER: 13, HR: 3, BB: 16, SO: 26
DUR: W-L: 0-0, ERA: 3.86, IP: 7, H: 5, R: 3, ER: 3, HR: 1, BB: 1, SO: 10

Oviedo started 2014 with the Durham Bulls before getting the tap from the Tampa Bay Rays.  While in Durham, Oviedo pitched strong middle relief in seven total innings with the Bulls only giving up five hits and three runs.  Oviedo notched his first win of 2014 with Tampa Bay on May 23 with a 1-0 victory against Boston.  Oviedo looks to impress at Rangers Spring Training as a Non-Roster Invitee.
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ROSS WOLF – RHP – 2014 Statistics:
SK: W-L: 2-2, ERA: 4.85, SV: 4, IP: 85.1, H: 88, R: 48, ER: 46, HR: 10, BB: 27, SO:41
Wolf spent the 2014 season with the SK Wyverns of the Korean Baseball Organization after installments with Frisco and Round Rock in 2012 and 2013.  The Illinois native was originally used as a starting pitcher with the Express, but was called from the bullpen during his time with the Rangers.  Like Bass, Wolf has the experience and professionalism to work his way into a productive role.  Wolf plans to bounce back with a strong showing at Rangers Spring Training as a Non-Roster Invitee.
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KEONE KELA – RHP – 2014 Statistics:
FRI: W-L: 2-1, ERA: 1.86, SV: 5, IP: 38.2, H: 22, R: 14,  ER: 8, HR: 1,  BB: 27, SO: 55
MYR: W-L: 0-1,  ERA: 2.61, SV: 5, IP: 10.1, H: 9, R: 3, ER: 3, HR:  0, BB: 4, SO:
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Kela proved to be a strong bullpen asset for Frisco in 2014 coming in as a closing pitcher with occasional set up roles.  From June 12-July 12, Kela went seven consecutive appearances for the RoughRiders without giving up a hit.  Kela recorded back-to-back saves for Frisco on August 1 and 2, both times pitching an inning of work.  Kela will be continuing his progression as a Non-Roster Invitee at Rangers Spring Training.
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MICHAEL KIRKMAN – LHP – 2014 Statistics:
TEX: W-L: 0-1, ERA: 1.59, IP: 5.2, H: 5, R: 1, ER: 1, HR: 0, BB: 1, SO: 3
RR: W-L: 5-5, ERA: 4.47, IP: 54.1, H: 50, R: 34, ER: 27, HR: 6, BB: 29, SO: 62
The only lefty on this list, Kirkman has been a staple of the Rangers system since 2005.  The veteran spent 2014 in Round Rock until August before getting the call from the Rangers in September.  After a slow start with the Express, Kirkman went six straight appearances without giving up a run.  As a Ranger, Kirkman appeared in 12 games and was used primarily as a set up man.  Kirkman will  look to make an impact at Rangers Spring Training as a Non-Roster Invitee.
Michael Kirkman Action Shot

Due Up:
Our next post will look at the potential catchers that could be wearing an Express jersey in 2015.  Make sure to follow the Express on Facebook and Twitter!

Photo Credit:
Jesse Johnson – USA Today Sports
Marco LaNave  – Quad City Bandits
Patrick Semansky-  AP
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Jake Roth –  US Presswire

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