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Preseason Starting Pitchers

Spring Training is approaching and that calls for a preview of the potential starting pitchers, relief pitchers, catchers, infielders and outfielders that could be wearing an Express jersey this season.  The boys of summer will be ascending upon Spring Training sites in Arizona and Florida very soon.  Are your senses tingling?

Potential Starting Pitchers:

RR: W-L: 1-3, ERA: 10.35,  IP: 40, H: 56, R: 49, ER: 46, HR: 9, BB: 28, SO: 43
FRI: W-L: 8-2, ERA: 3.02, IP: 83.1, H: 58, R: 28, ER: 28, HR: 5, BB: 24, SO: 83
Luke Jackson Action Shot 2
Jackson had impressive stints with Frisco and Round Rock in 2014.  As a RoughRider, Jackson went 8-2 with a 3.02 ERA in 14 starts.  On June 14 against the Corpus Christi Hooks, Jackson gave up only one hit in five innings of work resulting in a 10-2 RoughRider victory.  Jackson started 10 games for the Express, including a 10-4 win over the Colorado Springs Sky Sox on July 10, striking out eight batters. Jackson will continue his maturation in 2015 by attending Rangers Spring Training.

FRI: W-L: 10-9, ERA: 4.08, IP: 154.1, H: 129, R: 76, ER: 46, HR: 17, BB: 52, SO: 144
Jerad Eickhoff Action Shot

Eickhoff started 2014 strong with a notable outing against the Arkansas Travelers on April 14.  Against the Travelers, Eickhoff went five innings surrendering one hit, one run, one walk and threw eight strikeouts.  Eickhoff displayed great stamina in 2014 by going six or more innings in 19 games, including an eight inning performance against San Antonio on April 30.  By attending Rangers Spring Training, Eickhoff looks to continue his progression and prepare for 2015.

SYR: W-L: 1-0, ERA: 0, IP: 8, H: 2, R: 0, ER: 0, HR: 0, BB: 1, SO: 6

POT: W-L: 0-1, ERA: 11.81, IP: 5.1, H:13, R: 7, ER: 7, HR: 1, BB: 1, SO: 4
NAT: W-L: 0-0, ERA: 5.4, IP: 1.2, H: 2, R: 1, ER: 1, HR: 0, BB: 1, SO: 3
Ross Ohlendorf Action Shot

From 2007-2013 Ohlendorf saw action with the New York Yankees, Pittsburgh Pirates, San Diego Padres and Washington Nationals.  In 2013 with Washington, Ohlendorf went 4-1 with an ERA of 3.28 in seven starts.  Ohlendorf’s 2014 was a season of recovery as he was placed on the 60-day disabled list by the Nationals with a back injury.  Ohlendorf looks to bounce back in 2015 with a strong showing at Rangers Spring Training as a Non-Roster Invitee.

FRI: W-L: 7-4, ERA: 2.7, IP: 73.1, H: 67, R: 30, ER: 22, HR: 3, BB: 25, SO: 64
Alex Gonzalez Action Shot

Gonzalez joined the Roughriders this past June and has blazed a path ever since he arrived in Frisco.  In his first start with the RoughRiders on June 10 against Midland, Gonzalez gave up only one hit through five innings of work.  Gonzalez posted another one hit performance against Midland on July 30, this time through six innings.  The gem of Gonzalez’s 2014 came on August 10 when he did not allow a single hit in five innings of labor against Tulsa.  The righthander will be attending Rangers Spring Training as a Non-Roster Invitee to continue his development.

FRI: W-L: 11-11, ERA: 3.8, IP: 154, H: 139, R: 74, ER: 65, HR: 18, BB: 32, SO: 122
Alec Asher Action Shot
Asher was quite the workhorse for Frisco in 2014.  Starting 28 games and throwing a total of 154 innings portrayed Asher’s value to the RoughRiders.  The pinnacle of Asher’s 2014 campaign came on June 6 when he only surrendered two hits through seven innings of play.  The game resulted in an 8-0 win for the RoughRiders and gave Asher his sixth win of the season.  Asher will gain even more experience as he participates in the Rangers Spring Training as a Non-Roster Invitee.

Due Up:
This coming Monday we will address what the 2015 bullpen might look like for the Express.  Be sure to follow the Express on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

Photo Credit:
Henry Huey –  Austin American Statesman
Grant Nelson – Frisco RoughRiders
Cameron Varnau – Frisco RoughRiders
Brad Mills – USA Today Sports

Holiday Gift Ideas

The holiday season is in full-swing! Do you need some last-minute gift ideas for the baseball fans in your life? We’ve got you covered! Here are a few things that will make every baseball fans of all ages happy. All gifts are available online or in the Railyard Team Store. (Please note, our store will be closed December 24th – January 5th so don’t wait!)

1. Junior Stripes T-shirt (S, L, XL – $20)

Junior Stripes

2. Ladies Heart Baseball T-shirt (S – 2XL, $20)Ladies Heart Baseball

3. Letterpress Youth T-shirt (S-XL, $16)Letterpress

4. Express New Era Home Cap, fitted ($25)New Era Home

5. Rangers Retro T-shirt (S-2XL, $30)Rangers Flanker_retro

6. Sweatshirt bag (one size, $22)Sweatshirt Bags

7. Youth Sharpcut Cap (adjustable, $18)Youth Sharpcut

8. Playground Ball (one size, $8)Baseball Playground Ball

9. Girls Jersey T-shirt (S-L, $18)Girls Jersey Tee

10. Gordie Camo Cap (adjustable, $22)Gordie Cap

11. Infant Future Big Leaguer T-shirt (6 – 18 mo., $12)Infant Big Leaguer_2

12. Express Mesh Road Jersey (S-3XL, $60)


Pumpkin Carving, Express Edition

Halloween is just one week away and that means there’s only one weekend left to hit the pumpkin patch and pick out the perfect pumpkin. We’ve helped you out a little bit and come up with the perfect thing to carve to express your love of baseball: the iconic E-Train!

Click here to download the stencil: Small, Medium, Large

Follow these step-by-step instructions to get a great looking design on your pumpkin just in time for the ghoulish holiday!

1. Purchase a pumpkin. We have three different sizes of the stencil available depending on if you get a big, medium or small pumpkin. We went with a medium one.

Here's our medium-sized pumpkin.

Here’s our medium-sized pumpkin.

2. Gather your tools. Here’s what you’ll need, besides the pumpkin: the E-Train stencil printed out, a scraper to get out the “guts” of the pumpkin, a simple pumpkin carving tool and a pointed object. We used nails for the pointed object, but you can also use a push pin, toothpick, safety pin, etc. You just need something that will make small holes on the pumpkin. Please use caution when working with the pointed object. Kids, leave this up to an adult.

Here are our supplies (L-R): Scraper for the guts, carving tools, E-Train stencil. Not pictured is the nail we used.

Here are our supplies (L-R): Scraper for the guts, carving tools, E-Train stencil. Not pictured is the nail we used.

3. Tape your stencil to the pumpkin to hold it steady.

Here's our stencil taped to the center of the pumpkin.

Here’s our stencil taped to the center of the pumpkin.

4. Using the pointed object, poke small holes around the outline of your stencil. This will create an outline for you to carve when you take off the printed stencil. (Note: just mark where the four bolts are located because you won’t actually carve those out.)

Poke small holes around the outline of your design.

Poke small holes around the outline of your design.

5. This is where it starts to get messy. Cut a hole around the stem at the top and clean out all of the guts. A scraper tool comes in really handy here because the cleaner you get the inside now, the less you have to clean out at the end. (Don’t forget you can save the pumpkin seeds for a fun snack! Here’s a simple recipe to roast them.)

Time to clean this pumpkin out!

Time to clean this pumpkin out!

6. Once you’ve removed the guts, remove the stencil off the front of the pumpkin. You might want to have a pencil handy to “connect the dots.” Also, keep your stencil handy as a reference to make sure you connect the right dots.

7. Time to carve! Using a carving tool, follow the outline of the dots and carve your pumpkin. We suggest starting with the four bolts which are actually just etched in the surface and not fully carved. Then carve out the six pillars at the bottom. Then move on to the outline of the E-Train. Remember to not carve all the way through the white spaces or else your entire design will fall through. You don’t want all your hard work to go to waste, do you? When you’re done, it should look something like this:

Here's our finished design!

Here’s our finished design!

The lines don’t have to be perfect and ours certainly weren’t. Once you’re done with the whole design and have removed the cutout pumpkin pieces the whole thing really comes together. Good luck and happy carving!

Bonus step: Get a tea light candle and drop it in the middle. Have an adult light the candle and enjoy your handiwork!

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween!

Rangers Farmhand to the … Super Bowl?!

That’s not a typo… as I’m sure you’ve heard by now.

Russell Wilson's Rangers baseball card.

Russell Wilson’s Rangers baseball card.

Rangers minor leaguer (and current Express infielder) Russell Wilson is headed to the Super Bowl. Oh, he’s also the star quarterback of the NFC Champion Seattle Seahawks.

The multi-sport talent was originally drafted by the Colorado Rockies and hit .229 in 315 career at-bats, reaching Class-A in 2010 and ’11.

The Rangers selected Wilson in the Triple-A round of the 2013 Rule Five draft at the Winter Meetings, placing him on the Express roster. We haven’t made Wilson’s jersey up yet since that whole football thing seems to be working out pretty well for him now.

Either way, best of luck to the Rangers farmhand as he prepares to play on football’s biggest stage.

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Former Express Manager Bobby Jones Promoted to Major League Staff

Congrats to (the now former) Express manager Bobby Jones who will join the Rangers major league staff for 2014 as an assistant hitting coach. Bobby had an overall record of 229-203 (.570) in his three seasons as Express manager (2011-13). Round Rock made one playoff appearance with him at the helm in 2011. He spent a total of 11 seasons as skipper of the Rangers Triple-A affiliate, eight of those with Oklahoma City.

ImageThe Rangers made the coaching staff announcement today in the following press release:




Jamie Reed named Senior Director of Medical Operations; Kevin Harmon promoted to Head Trainer

Arlington, Texas — The Texas Rangers announced today the hiring of former catcher Bengie Molina as first base coach and catching instructor.  The team also promoted Triple-A Round Rock Manager Bobby Jones to assistant hitting coach to complete the 2014 coaching staff. 

Additionally, longtime trainer Jamie Reed has been named senior director of medical operations and Kevin Harmon has been promoted to head trainer.

Molina, 39, spent the 2013 season as the assistant hitting coach for the National League-champion St. Louis Cardinals, his first coaching job since completing a 13-year major league career with the Rangers in 2010.  Acquired by Texas in a July 1, 2010 trade with the San Francisco Giants, Molina had a postseason average of .293 (12-41) with 2 home runs and 8 RBI in the Rangers’ run to a first-ever World Series appearance that year.  His last major league game came as the Rangers’ catcher in Game 5 of the 2010 World Series.  Molina hit for the cycle with Texas on July 16, 2010 at Boston’s Fenway Park, when he became just the eighth player since 1900 to hit a grand slam as part of a cycle.

A career .274 hitter for the Angels (1998-2005), Blue Jays (2006), Giants (2007-10), and Rangers (2010), the two-time Gold Glove Award winner was the starting catcher for Anaheim’s 2002 World Series champion club.  He is the older brother of Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina and Rays catcher Jose Molina.

Jones, 64, will be in his third stint on the major league staff, as he served on Johnny Oates’ staff in 2000 and 2001 (third base coach, first base coach) and again under Buck Showalter for the 2006 campaign (first base coach, outfield instructor).  The 2014 campaign will be the 27th season as a coach or manager in the Texas organization for Jones, who is one of the longest-tenured members of club’s baseball operations.  In 24 years as a minor league manager, he has compiled a 1656-1621 record and led his teams to 12 postseason berths, amassing the most games and victories of any manager in the history of the Texas organization.  Originally selected by the Washington/Texas franchise in the 1967 June draft, Jones made his major league debut with the Rangers in 1974.

Reed, who will be in his 12th season with the Rangers, will oversee all medical aspects of the organization on the major and minor league levels.  He will travel on both the major and minor league sides of the Rangers’ system.  Reed previously worked in both the Tampa Bay (1997-2002) and Baltimore (1982-96) organizations and had a stint as President of the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society.

Harmon will be in his 10th season with the Rangers and his first as head trainer.  In addition to his work as a trainer, Harmon has also served as a strength and conditioning coach in a career that began in 1986 spanning stints in the Atlanta, Baltimore, and Tampa Bay organizations.


Former Express in the Postseason


It’s the best time in baseball when the postseason really gets underway. The Wild Card games were fun and all, but now it’s time to start the real chase for the World Series ring. With the NL division series starting in mere moments, I wanted to take a quick look at where some former Express players landed in the postseason.

Boston Red Sox (vs. Tampa Bay Rays):

Boston has two former Express players in catcher Mike Napoli (2011) and pitcher Koji Uehara (2012). Napoli had a brief four-game rehab stint in Round Rock in 2011 while Uehara threw 3.0 innings over three appearances in 2012.

Atlanta Braves (vs. Los Angeles Dodgers):

Infielder Chris Johnson played for the Express in 2008-10. He spent 30 games with the Express in 2008, batting .218 with one home run and nine RBI. He spent most of the 2009 season in Round Rock, batting .281 with 38 extra-base hits and 42 RBI in 104 games. In 2010, he appeared in 38 games, batting .329 (49-149).

Pittsburgh Pirates (vs. St. Louis Cardinals):

Pitcher Mark Melancon was in the Express bullpen for three games in 2010, going 1-0 with one save over 4.1 innings.

Tampa Bay Rays (vs. Boston Red Sox):

LHP Wesley Wright went 4-1 with a 4.65 ERA (69.2ip/39er) in 15 games (14 starts) for the E-Train in 2010. In 2009, he went 2-1 with a 3.32 ERA (19.0ip/7er) in 13 appearances (1 start).


Which former Express players are you rooting for this postseason?

Profar Joins Netherland’s WBC Roster

One of the big questions going into the World Baseball Classic was a classic itself: “would he or wouldn’t he?” The he in question is baseball’s top prospect Jurickson Profar.

The Rangers infield prospect and Curacao native was invited to play on the roster of his national team, the Kingdom of the Netherlands. With Rangers current shortstop Elvis Andrus committed to playing for Venezuela, it opened up a window of opportunity in the Rangers spring training camp for Profar to get some exposure in the middle infield and make a strong case for making the big league club’s Opening Day roster. If he left for the WBC, that window closed a little and so, it seemed, would his chances of making the Rangers 25-man roster with limited playing time. Profar decided against playing in the Classic and stayed in Rangers camp instead.

The Netherlands team caught fire and advanced to the semi-finals in San Francisco. Andrus’ Venezuela squad didn’t fare as well and was eliminated in the first round, sending the Rangers everyday SS back to camp and back in the lineup. Profar was offered an opportunity to join the Netherland’s squad Wednesday, replacing the injured Yurendell de Caster, an opportunity he jumped at. He’ll mainly see time at 2B since that roster already has the Braves’ Andrelton Simmons at SS. The timing on this couldn’t have been better for Profar. Not only does he get to play on a world-wide stage with “his friends,” but he’ll get expanded playing time in the Classic, time that he would most likely miss in Rangers camp with Andrus’ return.

The Rangers are still undecided on where Profar will end up to start the 2013 season, but I’m pulling to see him in an Express uniform on Opening Day. I have no doubt though that he’ll get another second chance this year, this time with the big league club.

Profar joins the WBC roster. | Photo via

Profar joins the WBC roster. | Photo via

Ortiz Keeps Rolling

One of the good surprises this spring has been Joe Ortiz. Ortiz, who ended the season with us here in Round Rock, has allowed just three hits in 7.0 innings. He’s held batters to a measly .143 average and only allowed one walk to six strikeouts. I got to see him pitch in a “B” game against the Royals during our recent trip out to Arizona and the kid has some good stuff. In that game, he threw a perfect inning, throwing six of his eight pitches for strikes. Today, he threw another scoreless inning against the Giants. In 2012, Ortiz was 1-1 with a 1.97 ERA (7er/32.0ip) in 24 games with the Express. The way he’s throwing, it’ll be hard to place him in Round Rock in April…


Pre-Season Preparations: Railyard Team Store

The Rangers have officially started spring training games, opening with a series against the Kansas City Royals over the weekend. As we inch closer to Opening Day (38 days), we continue to take a look behind-the-scenes at what it takes to get ready for that glorious day here at Dell Diamond.

This week we headed over to the Railyard Team Store to talk to Debbie Goodman and what she does to get ready for the season.

What are you working on now?

We’re in the middle of sign ups for our Spring Break Baseball Camp and just finished a push for Junior Sluggers. I’m processing all of those registration forms and making sure everything is in line with that. I just finished ordering the merchandise to start the season. Now I’m tying up any loose ends and waiting on the merchandise to be delivered so I can organize it all.

Do you have to order the on-field merchandise too?

I order the players’ on-field hats. Two of our great stadium operations guys, Brandon and Corey, just took them down to the clubhouse.

When do you start ordering merchandise for the next season?

The on-field hats were ordered back in August. Some of the apparel companies need orders placed as early as September. Usually, I’ll place most of my orders after the Baseball Winter Meetings. I’ll take a look at all of the vendors there, see what options they’re offering and get ideas for what I want to do in the store.

What’s one of your bigger projects of the off-season?

I run our Junior Sluggers program and baseball camp registrations which can be time-consuming. We decide what to include in the Junior Sluggers package and camps and take orders for them all off-season. It doesn’t seem like a big deal, but there’s a lot of organizing and decisions to make about the program.

What’s your most important job of the off-season?

Ordering the merchandise, definitely. We have such a great variety of fans and I really try to please them all. I want to make sure we have something for everyone in the team store.

When do the merchandise orders or boxes start arriving?

They arrive in the beginning of February, but I still have to process and receive them before I can put out new merchandise. The bulk of the orders stop coming in around mid-March, but in reality, they never stop coming in. We make one major order before the season, but I continue to replenish as necessary during the season.

How many boxes would you say you get those 2 months?

Well, I just took 57 boxes down to the clubhouse — and that was just player hats! I’d say we receive thousands of boxes of merchandise. Over the last three weeks, we’ve gotten over 400 boxes. Now not every box is huge, some are smaller for accessories, etc., but it adds up to a lot of boxes!

What’s something the average fan might be surprised to hear you do in your job?

I’m in charge of updating the online retail store. I take photos of the merchandise, resize them and post them online. A lot of people think there’s a big warehouse somewhere that houses all of the merchandise they order online. The reality is it all comes from right here at Dell Diamond.

What’s your favorite part of your job?

I love the customer service side of it, working with people. To be honest, just to be in baseball is a dream for me. I played growing up; I met my husband playing on a co-ed softball team. If you told me a few years ago that I would be working in baseball for a living, I wouldn’t have believed you. It really is a great job and I’m so thankful for it.

Debbie does a great job keeping the Railyard Team Store up-to-date with great merchandise. Next time you’re at Dell Diamond or at, make sure to check it out! A special thanks to her for taking some time out of getting ready for the season to talk to us!

Happy baseball thoughts,


Pre-Season Preparations: United Heritage Center/Intel Club

Pitchers and catchers have officially reported to Surprise, Arizona and every spring training site in Arizona and Florida. With just 39 days until H-E-B Big League Weekend and only 45 until Opening Day, let’s dive right into week 2 of “Pre-Season Preparations.” My to-do list isn’t getting any shorter…

This week I talked to Scott “Bones” Allen, our senior director of the United Heritage Center. Let’s see how his off-season is shaping up…

When do you start preparing for the 2013 season?

In all honesty, we’re already preparing for the 2014 season. We form wait lists for some of our party areas over a year in advance. Throughout the current season, I’m taking reservations for the next season. In October, I get out the wait list and start filling in dates for the upcoming season. Some people who didn’t make the list in 2013 have already been placed on the wait list for 2014. It’s a never-ending process and goes all season long.

What are you working on right now?

Right now I’m setting up for the Hutto Chamber of Commerce event we’re hosting tomorrow and a bridal expo we’re hosting this weekend. With so many companies booking events, conferences and expos, to name a few, at the United Heritage Center and Intel Club, there really is no off-season here. Looking forward to the baseball season, I’m working with Sodexo, our catering company, to finalize the menus for all of the party areas. As we start reserving different party areas for different groups, we have to also make sure they choose a menu that best suits their needs. I also have to make sure we have enough wristbands and parking passes ordered for the whole year.

Banquet Buffet

You can’t forget about the food!

What’s one of the biggest off-season projects you’ve been working on?

Working with stadium operations to check each party area and make sure it’s clean and safe is always a big task. We have so many different party and group areas here at Dell Diamond and it’s a lengthy process to go through each area. It’s such an important job though because we want to make sure each area is not only clean and receives necessary updates and upgrades, but is also safe for our fans.

What’s one of the tougher projects you have to work on?

Keeping the calendar of dates organized is always tough. I control the calendar for not only the United Heritage Center and Intel Club, but all of our party areas around the stadium. It can be tough sometimes coordinating with the sales staff, the client, Sodexo and everyone involved. I’m always looking months in advance, trying to juggle baseball and non-baseball events. I have to make sure events that the entire staff is booking fit into the calendar. That’s where the wait-list can come into play.

Hutto Chamber

The Hutto Chamber of Commerce sets the stage!

I’m sure that can get a little more than confusing! How do you make sure everyone gets the tickets they need?

I actually keep inventory for all of the tickets for all of the party areas so I have to coordinate that with the sales staff. Once an area has been booked for a night, I physically get the tickets to the sales rep who then gets them to the client.

What is something the average fan might not know that you do in your job to get ready for the season?

I physically set the room for events here in the United Heritage Center and Intel Club. I get the tables and chairs set up and coordinate everything for catering with Sodexo. I also do sales, so that’s something I’m working on right now. I’m not only renewing season tickets and groups from last year, but always trying to find ways to bring in new business.

What’s at the top of your to-do list right now? 

Boring stuff, like order wristbands and file papers, just get caught up.

What’s your favorite part of your job?

I love dealing with people and all of our clients. It’s always something new and I really enjoy that. Just from a customer service stand point, it’s fun to interact with so many different people and have the opportunity to help them with a great event. I also like the variety of events we host here. It’s always a fun challenge executing all of the different events we host.

Intel Club Casino Night

“Bones” works hard to transform the Intel Club to suit a wide variety of events!

A big thanks to Mr. Allen for taking time out of his extremely busy day to give us a little insight into the United Heritage Center and the various party areas at Dell Diamond!

Happy baseball thoughts,


P.S.- Want to hit your next event, group outing or party out of the park? Host it right here at Dell Diamond! Give us a call at (512) 255-2255 to reserve your spot today! Click here for more information on the United Heritage Center and Intel Club!

Pre-Season Preparation

Don’t blink because you’ll miss it — the off-season that is.

Seriously though, there are just over eight weeks left until the Express take the field at Dell Diamond to open up the 2013 season. It might seem like a lot of time, maybe even too much time, to the fans, but here in the front office of the Express, it’s going to be here before we know it.

There’s so much that goes on behind the scenes before the gates open, before the lineup is read, before that first pitch is thrown and time is running out. I wanted to take a little bit of that time that is left and pull back the curtain of the front office here in Round Rock and show you exactly what goes on in some of our departments. Over the next eight weeks, I’ll show you how people are preparing in community relations, the grounds crew, marketing, the party/group areas, promotions and entertainment, the Railyard Team Store, stadium operations, tickets and more! We’re all full-steam ahead with April 4th circled on our calendars.

Check back with us on Monday to see the first “Pre-season Preparation” and find out what goes on behind the scenes in stadium operations!

Until then, please don’t blink! We need all the time we can get…


Ain’t she a beauty?

Happy baseball thoughts,