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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

C Tomas Telis

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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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Photo Credit: Andy Lyons

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

Photo Credit: H. Darr Beiser – USA Today Sports

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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Photo Credit: Oladipo Awowale

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.**

Rangers Make Changes to 40 Man Roster

The Rangers made a few changes to their 40-man roster overnight.

Of note:

-RHP Luke Jackson was added to the 40-man while former Express OF Jim Adduci was designated for assignment.

-Former Express RHP Miles Mikolas and LHP Aaron Poreda were both placed on unconditional release waivers. Both players are expected to play in Asia in 2015.

-Former Express OF Daniel Robertson was traded to the LA Angels for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

Here’s the full release from the Rangers will all of the other moves:

                 

RANGERS PURCHASE CONTRACTS OF HANSER ALBERTO, JORGE ALFARO,

JERAD EICKHOFF, AND LUKE JACKSON FROM MINOR LEAGUES

Club removes Adduci, Mikolas, Poreda, and Robertson from major league roster to make room

Arlington, Texas – The Texas Rangers tonight announced the following roster moves:

–Purchased the contract of right-handed pitcher Luke Jackson from Triple-A Round Rock.

–Purchased the contracts of infielder Hanser Alberto, catcher Jorge Alfaro, and right-handed pitcher

Jerad Eickhoff from Double-A Frisco.

–Designated outfielder/first baseman Jim Adduci for assignment.

–Placed right-handed pitcher Miles Mikolas and left-handed pitcher Aaron Poreda on unconditional release waivers for the purpose of both playing abroad in Asia in 2015. Each player should finalize the signing with the respective club in the next few days.

–Traded outfielder Daniel Robertson to the Los Angeles Angels for a player to be named later or cash.

Alberto, 22, won a 2014 Rawlings Gold Glove as the top defensive shortstop in the minors, splitting the campaign between Myrtle Beach (High-A) and Frisco (AA). He rated statistically as the best defensive shortstop among Texas League shortstops with at least 50 games played, and was also chosen as the Rangers Minor League Defender of the Month for July. The Dominican Republic native combined to bat .273 (120-440) with 21 doubles, 4 triples, 7 home runs, and 58 RBI in 120 games with the Pelicans and ‘Riders. Alberto was signed as a non-drafted free agent on November 23, 2009 by Rodolfo Rosario, Willy Espinal, and Mike Daly.

Alfaro, 21, combined to bat .261 (127-486) with 17 home runs and 87 RBI in 121 games between Myrtle Beach and Frisco. He was a Carolina League midseason and postseason All-Star selection, ranking among the league leaders in both RBI (3rd) and home runs (T6th, 13). The backstop also threw out 19 of 72 (26.4%) attempted basestealers, good for the 3rd-highest percentage in the circuit. The Columbia native was the starting catcher for the World Squad at the All-Star Futures Game in July. Alfaro was signed as a non-drafted free agent on January 19, 2010 by Don Welke, Rodolfo Rosario, and Hamilton Sarabia.

Eickhoff, 24, led all Double-A pitchers and Texas farmhands with 144 strikeouts in 2014, going 10-9 with a 4.08 ERA (70 ER/154.1 IP) over 27 games/26 starts for Frisco. In addition to leading the circuit in strikeouts, Eickhoff ranked among Texas League leaders in innings (3rd, 154.1), WHIP (4th, 1.17), and wins (T8th, 10). He was selected in the 15th round of the 2011 draft out of Olney Central (IL) Community College.

Jackson, 23, combined to go 9-5 with a 5.40 ERA (74 ER/123.1 IP) and 126 strikeouts over 26 games/24 starts with Frisco and Triple-A Round Rock. He was selected for the Texas League All-Star Game and started the contest for the South team. He was tabbed the 7th-best prospect in the Texas League by Baseball America and led the circuit in both wins and strikeouts at the time of his promotion to Round Rock.  Jackson finished with the 3rd-most strikeouts among all Texas minor leaguers. The Florida native was selected in the supplemental first round (45th overall) of the 2010 June draft.

Adduci batted .168 with one home run and 8 RBI in 44 games for Texas last season, making the Opening Day roster before missing the bulk of the season due to injuries.  The Rangers have 10 days to trade, release, or outright Adduci to the minor leagues.

Mikolas went 2-5 with a 6.44 ERA (41 ER/57.1 IP) in 10 games/starts for Texas last season, his first major league action as a starter.  He did not pitch after a start on August 25 due to right shoulder fatigue.  Poreda went 2-1 with a 5.91 ERA (14 ER/21.1 IP) over 26 relief appearances for Texas in 2014, his first major league action since 2009.

Robertson batted .271 over 70 games with Texas in his major league debut last season, spending all but 11 days on the major league roster after he was acquired in an April 23 trade with San Diego.

With tonight’s moves, the Rangers still have a full 40-man roster.

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Just four months, 26 days and 8 hours until first pitch…

Familiar Faces in the ALCS/NLCS

While we’ve been breaking down former Express players in the Division Series, it’s time to move on to the Championship Series in both the American and National Leagues. The battles are between the Kansas City Royals and the Baltimore Orioles in the American League and the San Francisco Giants and St. Louis Cardinals in the National League. With the Royals (Omaha), Giants (Fresno and now Sacramento going into 2015) and Cardinals (Memphis) affiliates in the Pacific Coast League, we’ve seen a lot of familiar faces come through Dell Diamond in the opposing dugout. Here’s a list of some of those names you might recognize:

Those who played for the Express, counting rehabbers:

Nelson Cruz
Tommy Hunter
Bud Norris
Darren O’Day
Hunter Pence

Those who played against the Express:

Baltimore:
Kelly Johnson
Adam Jones
David Lough
Jimmy Paredes
Nick Hundley

Kansas City:
Jason Vargas
Yordan Ventura
Kelvin Herrera
Danny Duffy
Salvatore Perez
Eric Hosmer
Christian Colon
Alcides Escobar
Mike Moustakas
Alex Gordon
Lorenzo Cain
Jarrod Dyson
Josh Willingham
Billy Butler

San Francisco:
Jeremy Affeldt
Jean Machi
Yusmerio Petit
Ryan Vogelsong
Andrew Susac
Joaquin Arias
Brandon Belt
Brendon Crawford
Joe Panik
Travis Ishikawa
Michael Morse

St.Louis:
John Lackey
Lance Lynn
Shelby Miller
Randy Choate
Marco Gonzalez
Pat Neshak
Michael Wacha
Tony Cruz
Matt Adams
Matt Carpenter
Daniel Descalso
Kolten Wong
Pete Kozma
Matt Holliday
John Jay
Randall Grichuk
Oscar Taveras

Thanks to Express broadcaster Mike Capps for the research lead on this.

Off-season Roster Updates

With the amount of roster moves (203) we officially had this season, it’s kind of hard to think that there might be any left to make this offseason. But where there’s a will, there’s a way and the following six players were outrighted to Round Rock:

-3B Kevin Kouzmanoff

-C/1B J.P. Arencibia

-P Pedro Figueroa

-P Wilmer Font

-OF Engel Beltre

-INF/OF Guilder Rodriguez

Additionally, the Cubs clamied P Joseph Ortiz on waivers.

Since being outrighted, both Kouzmanoff and Arencibia have elected free agency and are going to test the market.

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