A trio of members from the 2000 Texas League Championship team make up this year’s Round Rock Express Hall of Fame Nominees. Roy Oswalt, Dave Matranga, and Keith Ginter each became household names while helping lead the E-Train to the franchise’s first championship.
Roy Oswalt (2000, 2012)
Roy Oswalt made two stops in Round Rock during his career, first pitching for the E-Train at the AA level in 2000. The righty dominated from the very beginning, striking out 15 batters in his first career start in an Express uniform. He would go on to post an 11-4 record in 18 total starts that season. Oswalt finished his first stint in Round Rock with a miniscule 1.94 ERA, striking out 141 batters while walking just 22. He pitched two complete games with the Express, posting a shutout in both affairs. After running through Houston’s minor league system, Oswalt was promoted to the Astros in 2001 where he went on to have a successful 13-year Major League career, earning All-Star honors in 2005, 2006 and 2007. He briefly returned to Round Rock in 2012, posting a 1-1 record in three starts, striking out 10 batters in 15 innings pitched.
Dave Matranga (2000-2001, 2004)
Dave Matranga spent three seasons in Round Rock, first from 2000-2001, then again in 2004. The utility infielder played second base, third base and shortstop during his time with the E-Train. Matranga’s most successful year came in 2001, where the righty posted a .302 batting average that included 10 home runs and 60 RBIs, as well as 73 runs scored. He helped guide the Express to the Texas League Championship in 2000 with a .233 batting average, knocking in 44 runs. In his return to the team in 2004, Matranga hit .242 with 48 RBIs and seven homers. Despite just six plate appearances at the Major League level, Matranga left his name in the history books. During a fifth inning pinch-hit appearance on June 27, 2003, he became just the second player in Astros history to hit a home run in his first MLB at-bat. He finished his minor league career following the 2009 season, posting a lifetime .254 batting average in more than 1,100 total games played.
Keith Ginter (2000)
Keith Ginter played an integral role in leading Round Rock to the 2000 Texas League Championship. In 125 starts at second base, he knocked in 92 runs, while hitting 26 home runs. Ginter’s .333 batting average was the highest of any regular E-Train starter that season. He also led the team in both stolen bases and runs scored, swiping 24 bags en route to scoring 108 total runs. Ginter was promoted directly to the Astros following the conclusion of the Texas League Championship Series. He would ultimately appear in 325 Major League games for the Astros, Brewers and Athletics, posting a career .243 batting average with 140 RBIs and 38 homers.
Who do you think deserves to be the next inductee into the Express Hall of Fame? Vote now in the poll on the bottom right of the homepage at RoundRockExpress.com!
The Rangers ALDS roster is set as they begin the best-of-five series today in Toronto and there are a lot of familiar faces for Express fans. Of the 25 on the roster, 15 have seen time in a Round Rock uniform and 11 of those 15 were in 2015.
Here’s the breakdown:
Chi Chi Gonzalez (2015)
Derek Holland (’12, ’14-15 – all rehab)
Colby Lewis (’13-14 – rehab)
Ross Ohlendorf (’15)
Martin Perez (’11-12, ’14, ’15 – rehab)
Robinson Chirinos (’13, ’15 – rehab)
Chris Gimenez (’14-15)
Hanser Alberto (’15)
Adrian Beltre (’11 – rehab)
Mitch Moreland (’12, ’15 – all rehab)
Mike Napoli (’11 – rehab)
Rougned Odor (’15)
Delino Deshields (’15 – rehab)
Josh Hamilton (’15 – rehab)
Drew Stubbs (’15)
Who do you think was left off the ALDS roster that deserved a spot?
The months of hard work all came to fruition Tuesday night as the Round Rock Express clinched the Pacific Coast League American Southern Division title with a 10-5 victory over the Nashville Sounds at First Tennessee Park. Express manager Jason Wood made it very clear that his team is “in it to win it” and that the E-Train looks to keep rolling on into the PCL Playoffs. Even though the September call-ups have shaken his roster, Wood continues to put a winning product on the diamond every night and hopes to end the season with some hardware. And although the E-Train was unable to clinch at home, the team made sure to celebrate in Nashville!
Here are a few notes about Round Rock’s 2015 playoff berth:
- The division title marks the clubs first since 2011 and is the third in the E-Train’s Triple-A era history (2015, 2011, 2006).
- Round Rock’s last journey to the Pacific Coast League playoffs came behind an 87-57 first place finish in the American Southern Division in 2011, topping then rivals Albuquerque, New Orleans and Oklahoma City. The E-Train took the division over second-place Albuquerque by an astounding 17.0 games.
- Round Rock went on to play Omaha in the first round of the playoffs in 2011, but saw the dream fall short as the Storm Chasers took three of four games.
- The E-Train took over first place in the PCL’s American Southern division on April 21 and has held the top spot ever since.
- Round Rock’s PCL American Southern Division title gave Express Manager Jason Wood his third straight season with a division crown. Wood won the 2014 Texas League South Division first and second half titles with a 80-59 record as manager of the Double-A Frisco RoughRiders. Frisco went on to fall in the first round of the playoffs, three games to one against Midland.
- Wood took home a division title in 2013 with the A-Adv Myrtle Beach Pelicans as the club won the first half and overall Southern Division. The Pelicans dropped their opening round playoff series to the Winston-Salem Dash. Wood also made the playoffs in 2012 and 2011 with Myrtle Beach.
- Wood entered the 2015 season with a 303-253 (.545) record as a manager.
2015 Express playoff tickets are on sale now with Round Rock scheduled to host the first two games of its opening round series against the Oklahoma City Dodgers at Dell Diamond on Wednesday, September 9 and Thursday, September 10. Tickets may be purchased online or at the Dell Diamond ticket office.
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!