The Round Rock Express have experienced a whirlwind of roster moves over the past week and we want to bring all of our fans up-to-speed with the current Express roster. Terms like ML rehab, DFA, TIL and retroactive are all critical elements of professional baseball transactions and will be explained as we take a journey through the E-Train’s transaction list. Here’s a look at the transactions just from August 13-present:
- 8/13 ADD: LHP Derek Holland (transferred from Frisco – ML rehab)
- 8/13 ADD: INF Guilder Rodriguez (from Frisco – AA)
- 8/13 DELETE: RHP Phil Irwin (to Frisco – AA)
- 8/15 DELETE: INF Guilder Rodriguez (to Frisco – AA)
- 8/15 DISABLE: RHP Ross Wolf (to TIL)
- 8/15 ADD: RHP Nick Martinez (from Texas – MLB)
- 8/15 ADD: INF Diego Cedeno (from Spokane – ROK)
- 8/17 DISABLE: OF Leonys Martin (to DL – retroactive 8/14)
- 8/18 ADD: OF Nomar Mazara (from Frisco – AA)
- 8/18 DELETE: INF Diego Cedeno (to Spokane – ROK)
- 8/18 ACTIVATE: C J.T. Wise (from DL)
- 8/18 DELETE: OF Michael Choice (DFA)
- 8/19 DELETE: LHP Derek Holland (completed rehab)
- 8/19 DELETE: INF Hanser Alberto (to Texas – MLB)
- 8/19 ADD: INF Diego Cedeno (from Spokane – ROK)
Follow all of that? Here are a few notes to consider when analyzing the transactions above.
- LHP Derek Holland played his first rehabilitation game with Round Rock back on July 30 and started the last game of the homestand on August 4. Holland was then transferred to Frisco to continue his rehab and made a start with the RoughRiders on August 9. The southpaw transferred again when the E-Train came back to Dell Diamond and made another start on August 14. Holland officially remained on the Express roster until his scheduled start with the Rangers yesterday afternoon.
- Over the span of two days Guilder Rodriguez was added to the Express roster, put on the disabled list and sent back to Frisco. Rodriguez never saw any action in his second stint of the season with Round Rock.
- RHP Ross Wolf has been on the TIL, temporarily inactive list, since August 15. This list is used for short absences and may be used at the team’s discretion for bereavement leave, family events which require a player to be away from his team, or other non-injury related reasons. Players placed on the temporary inactive list must remain on the list for a minimum of three consecutive days.
- INF Diego Cedeno joined Round Rock on the road in Sacramento on August 15 after playing the majority of the season with the Short Season Spokane Indians. Cedeno’s time with Round Rock was short-lived as the Venezuelan was sent back to Spokane on August 18. Lo and behold, Cedeno has found his way back on to the Express roster after being added one day later thanks to the departure of fellow infielder Hanser Alberto.
- OF Leonys Martin was sent to the DL on August 17, but was retroactive to August 14. The phrase “retroactive to August 14” signals that Martin officially started his DL stint on August 14. Since he did not appear in a game on the 14th, 15th or 16th, he may start his recovery on August 14.
- Alberto received his second promotion of the season to the Texas Rangers on August 19.
- OF Michael Choice has been DFA’d (designated for assignment) by the Texas Rangers, removing him from the 40-man roster and the E-Train roster. Choice is now in a 10-day limbo where the Rangers must decide to trade, release, or outright Choice to the minor leagues.
- OF Nomar Mazara, the Texas Rangers number two prospect, made his Triple-A debut on August 18 at Sacramento. Round Rock now has four of the Rangers top 20 prospects on its roster (Gallo, Mazara, Jackson, Faulkner).
- Finally, C J.T. Wise was activated from the disabled list four hours before Tuesday night’s game and welcomed himself back with his third homer of the season as a member of the Express.
With the end of the season looming, one can expect the Express to shuffle its roster quite a bit as the Texas Rangers look to make a playoff push.
Be sure to make your way out to Dell Diamond for the 12 remaining home games starting this Sunday as the Express takes on the Salt Lake Bees.
The road to the show can be a long and arduous journey that tests the physical and mental capabilities of a professional ballplayer. Making the trip through rookie ball, short season, Single-A, Double-A and Triple-A requires patience and a constant drive to improve, and for Express OF Ryan Strausborger, the persistence has paid off. Strausborger was officially called up to the Texas Rangers on August 4 after a dominating season with Round Rock. Here is a look at some of the factors as to why Strausborger received the call to Arlington.
- He led the E-Train in runs (54), hits (96) and doubles (21) in 86 games.
- He was first on the Express in stolen bases, converting 27 of 32 attempts, putting him in the third place position in the Pacific Coast League.
- The outfielder also collected three multi-steal games.
- He posted a 15-game hit streak together from 7/18-8/2, the second longest streak of his career.
- Strausborger converted 185 putouts in 198 chances while playing all three outfield positions.
- Had 24 multi-hit games including seven three-hit contests.
The 2015 campaign has been stellar for Strausborger to say the least, but here is a bit more background on the recent call-up:
- Indiana State alum who is one of 21 Sycamores to be called up the majors.
- Part of the Rangers 2010 draft class that has produced major league products Mike Olt, Justin Grimm, Nick Tepesch, Ben Rowen and Alex Claudio.
- Began his professional career in Spokane in 2010.
- Made his way to Myrtle Beach in 2011.
- Spent 2012, 2013 and part of 2014 with Frisco.
- Played 88 games with Round Rock in 2014.
The journey is nearly complete for Strausborger who is hoping to see action with the Rangers as the club continues its series with the Houston Astros before heading to Seattle August 7. Strausborger is the second position player from Round Rock to be called up to the Rangers looking to make his debut. Congratulations Ryan!
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.
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.
(Thanks to Andrew Cockrum with the Pacific Coast League office for the statistical information.)
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 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
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:
C Tomas Telis
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:
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
Where: Omaha, NE at Werner Park, home of the Omaha Stormchasers
When: Wednesday, July 15 at 7:05 p.m. CDT
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 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!
So, what are you going to get your dad?!
Anything we missed that you feel should be on the list? Let us know!
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.
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
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
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
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
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.**
The Rangers made a few changes to their 40-man roster overnight.
-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.
Just four months, 26 days and 8 hours until first pitch…