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2012 EXPRESS MEMBERS STILL IN ACTION
Several 2012 Round Rock Express members still are in action this season. The current Texas Rangers roster features eight 2012 Express members: pitchers Michael Kirkman, Roy Oswalt, Martin Perez, Tanner Scheppers and Yoshinori Tateyama, catcher Luis Martinez, infielder Brandon Snyder and outfielder Leonys Martin. Additionally, the Rangers roster includes outfielder Craig Gentry, who was an Express member last season. Other current Rangers who rehabbed with the Express this season are pitchers Alexi Ogando and Koji Uehara and infielder Mitch Moreland.
Meanwhile, Double-A Frisco is alive and well in the Texas League playoffs (more on that below). Former Express members Val Majewski, Tommy Mendonca, Guilder Rodriguez and Justin Grimm have seen action through the RoughRiders’ first two games of the playoff games. Right-hander Neil Ramirez also is on Frisco’s active roster.
ROUGHRIDERS BUILD 2-0 SERIES LEAD
Rangers Double-A affiliate Frisco is one win away from reaching the Texas League Championship Series. The RoughRiders lead their division series against Houston Astros affiliate Corpus Christi 2-0, winning both home games in dramatic fashion.
Wednesday, the RoughRiders got a one-out RBI double from Chris McGuiness that scored Leury Garcia with the winning run in the bottom of the ninth as Frisco edged Corpus Christi 6-5. The RoughRiders got hits from all nine starters, including former Express members Tommy Mendonca (1-for-4, run), Val Majewski (2-for-3, RBI, run, walk) and Guilder Rodriguez (1-for-3, RBI, walk). One of Majewski’s hits was a second-inning leadoff homer that tied the game 2-2. The RoughRiders plated three runs in the third to take a 5-2 lead before the Hooks posted solo spots in the sixth, seventh and eighth innings to tie the game.
Frisco got another walk-off win Thursday night as Garcia blasted a two-out solo homer in the bottom of the ninth for a 3-2 victory. Rodriguez walked to open the ninth and moved to second on an Engel Beltre sacrifice bunt. Rodriguez then was caught trying to steal third with Garcia at the plate. Garcia, however, had the last laugh as he deposited a Ryan Rodebaugh 2-1 offering over the fence down the right-field line. Mendonca (1-for-2) and Rodriguez (0-for-2) both walked twice; Majewski scored the game-tying run as a pinch-runner in a two-run eighth. Justin Grimm worked two scoreless innings in relief for the RoughRiders, scattering a pair of hits with two strikeouts and no walks. Corpus Christi designated hitter Drew Locke, who played for the Express in 2010, was 0-for-4.
The best-of-five series now shifts to Corpus Christi’s Whataburger Field. Game three features former University of Missouri right-hander Nick Tepesch on the mound for the RoughRiders against Hooks right-hander Ross Seaton. Tepesch was 6-3 with a 4.28 ERA in 14 starts and two relief outings for Frisco during the regular season. He began the 2012 season with Class A-Advanced Myrtle Beach, where he was 5-3 with a 2.89 ERA in 12 starts. Seaton was 8-8 with a 4.07 ERA in 25 starts for the Hooks during the regular season.
Frisco has not announced starters for the final two games of the series should they be necessary. However, projections have Neil Ramirez going in game four and right-hander Cody Buckel in the series finale. Ramirez began the season with the Express and struggled through 15 starts (6-8, 7.66 ERA) after a promising Round Rock showing in 2011. He was reassigned to Frisco in late June and went 2-5 with a 4.20 ERA in 12 starts and one relief appearance with the RoughRiders. Like Tepesch, Buckel started the season with Myrtle Beach; he was dominant with the Pelicans, going 5-3 with a 1.31 ERA and 91 strikeouts over 75.2 innings in 13 starts. Buckel was promoted to Frisco in mid-June and was 5-5 with a 3.78 ERA and 68 strikeouts over 69.0 innings in 10 starts and three relief outings with the RoughRiders.
FORMER EXPRESS MEMBERS ELSEWHERE
Pitchers Mark Hamburger and John Gaub, both of whom were Express members in 2012, completed their seasons with other Triple-A squads.
Hamburger, who was Round Rock’s pitcher of the year in 2011, was acquired by the San Diego Padres upon his mid-June release from the Rangers. However, he was not with the Padres long, going 0-2 with a 7.50 ERA in one start and four relief outings with Triple-A Tucson. Hamburger was released in mid-July and nabbed by the Houston Astros, who assigned him to Triple-A Oklahoma City. There, Hamburger was 1-1 with a 4.71 ERA in 17 relief appearances. His lone victory was Aug. 19 at Round Rock when he worked one and one-thirds scoreless innings with one strikeout and one walk in the RedHawks’ 5-2 win.
If you blinked in late May and early June, you likely missed Gaub’s stint with the Express. The veteran lefty started the season with Triple-A Durham (Tampa Bay Rays) of the International League and was released May 20. The Rangers signed him three days later and assigned him to Round Rock, where did not record a decision or allow a run in five relief outings – the first four of which were on the road. Gaub threw 12 pitches in an Express uniform at The Dell Diamond, those coming in one perfect inning June 5 against Albuquerque. He was released shortly thereafter and acquired by the St. Louis Cardinals, who assigned him to Triple-A Memphis. Gaub spent the remainder of the season with the Redbirds, going 0-3 with one save and a 6.68 ERA in 33 relief appearances. He pitched in three games against the Express, including a scoreless inning July 13 at The Dell Diamond.
FORMER EXPRESS MEMBERS IN THE MAJOR LEAGUES
Several other former Express members currently are in the majors with organizations other than Texas. Here is a look at a couple; we’ll check in with others throughout the remainder of the season.
Luis Cruz (Express 2011) began the season with Triple-A Albuquerque (Los Angeles Dodgers) and hit .381 with eight homers, 46 RBI, 31 doubles and three triples in 74 games with the Isotopes. He was promoted to the Dodgers in early July and did not look back. His call-up was due to an injury to starting shortstop Gordon Dee. Cruz moved to third shortly after the Dodgers’ trade for Hanley Ramirez, who returned to shortstop after playing third with the Miami Marlins. (Remember all the ballyhoo surrounding his move to third when the Marlins acquired Jose Reyes in the off-season?) Cruz is hitting .306 with four homers, 30 RBI and 15 doubles in 54 games with the Dodgers. After leading Dodgers regulars with a .333 average in August, Cruz is off to an 8-for-20 start in five games this month (he had four hits Monday against San Diego). In fact, his August average tied for the National League’s seventh-best mark that month. Cruz has done most of his damage in key situations, hitting .352 with runners in scoring position.
Cody Ransom (Express 2006-2007) made it to the majors for the sixth consecutive season and the second straight with Arizona. This is his 10th big-league season with five organizations (Giants, Astros, Yankees, Phillies, Diamondbacks). Ransom started the 2012 campaign with the Diamondbacks Triple-A affiliate Reno Aces, hitting .294 with two homers and nine RBI in 10 games before joining the Diamondbacks, for whom he played 17 games (.269, four homers, 12 RBI). He was claimed on waivers by Milwaukee in mid-May but struggled with the Brew Crew (.196, six homers, 26 RBI in 64 games). Arizona reclaimed Ransom off waivers last weekend, and he was 1-for-3 with two walks and a run scored in his first game back Monday night.
1B Mitch Moreland who was making his first rehab start since injuring his hamstring last month answered questions from the media. Moreland was 1-for-3 tonight with a single in the third inning. The 26-year-old is scheduled to start tomorrow before traveling back to Fort Worth on Wednesday for the expected birth of a baby boy.
Starting Pitcher: LHP Chad Bell (3-2, 4.50 ERA)
1. 1B Mitch Moreland (.000, 0 HR, 0 RBI)
2. CF Julio Borbon (.289, 7 HR, 34 RBI)
3. LF Ryan Spilborghs (.310, 5 HR, 33 RBI)
4. DH Brad Nelson (.278, 16 HR, 58 RBI)
5. RF Joey Butler (.294, 13 HR, 48 RBI)
6. 2B Yangervis Soalrte (.281, 6 HR, 38 RBI)
7. SS Luis Hernandez (.230, 6 HR, 44 RBI)
8. C Luis Martinez (.260, 2 HR, 17 RBI)
9. 3B Tommy Mendonca (.208, 7 HR, 27 RBI)
Today I am going to take OF Ryan Spilborghs. Spilly has looked much more like himself lately, hitting a homerun two games ago, and two huge late game singles, which resulted in four runs, the final one ending the game for the E-Train. I look for him to stay hot today.
*Wade is temporarily out.*
Before I tell you who I am picking I would like to recount how I won yesterday’s affair. Going into the bottom of the ninth everybody thought Andrew had the win in the bag. His choice, OF Joey Butler had a single, one run, and an impressive defensive play. My choice, 1B Brad Nelson only had two walks. However, Nelson came to the plate in the ninth with two outs and a runner on in a 7-5 ballgame. The 29-year-old was down to his last strike before taking a fastball over the fence in right field for a two run homer to tie the game. And I won again. For tonight’s game it is an easy call, I am going to take 1B Mitch Moreland. He has 35 career major league home runs and after watching batting practice today I would not be surprised if he lifts one into another stratosphere against Omaha.
Storm Chasers Starters:
Starting Pitcher: LHP Ryan Verdugo (6-2, 3.58 ERA)
1. 3B Irving Falu (.313, 5 HR, 30 RBI)
2. 2B Johnny Giavotella (.322, 9 HR, 47 RBI)
3. CF Wil Myers (.291, 15 HR, 47 RBI)
4. 1B Clint Robinson (.302, 12 HR, 56 RBI)
5. SS Tony Abreu (.322, 7 HR, 60 RBI)
6. RF David Lough (.288, 7 HR, 51 RBI)
7. DH Max Ramirez (.308, 11 HR, 60 RBI)
8. LF Jason Bourgeois (.209, 2 HR, 5 RBI)
9. C Adam Moore (.308, 1 HR, 6 RBI)
P Greg Reynolds (7-6, 5.07 ERA)
- 2B Greg Miclat (.258, 1 HR, 13 RBI)
- SS Luis Hernandez (.233, 6 HR, 44 RBI)
- RF Ryan Spilborghs (.305, 5 HR, 30 RBI)
- 1B Brad Nelson (.277, 15 HR, 56 RBI)
- CF Joey Butler (.292, 13 HR, 48 RBI)
- LF Yangervis Solarte (.282, 6 HR, 38 RBI)
- C Luis Martinez (.262, 2 HR, 17 RBI)
- DH Guilder Rodriguez (.200, 0 HR, 1 RBI)
- 3B Tommy Mendonca (.213, 7 HR, 27 RBI)
Andrew: Today I am going to take the player that I should have taken yesterday in CF Joey Butler. Butler is currently in the midst of an 11-game hit streak and was one of the few bright spots for the Express last night, recording two singles. Butler will be a little more involved on defense tonight too because he is moving to centerfield for the day to fill in for Julio Borbon who is getting the day off. I like JB-Smooth to put an end to my losing streak and net me draft rights to Mitch Moreland tomorrow. The way I see it is one way or another today, one streak ends and another one continues, so fingers crossed.
Wade: *Wade is temporarily out.*
Will: With 1B Mitch Moreland scheduled to make his first rehab start tomorrow, tonight’s picks carry more importance than usual. I will be choosing with my go to pick when I am need of a win, 1B Brad Nelson. There is only one stat I need to use to prove my point. Since the All-Star break Nelson is hitting .393 with four home runs and a .553 OBP.
Storm Chasers Starters
P Doug Davis (5-1, 3.96 ERA)
- SS Irving Falu (.322, 5 HR, 30 RBI)
- 2B Johnny Giavotella (.325, 9 HR, 47 RBI)
- CF Wil Myers (.298, 15 HR, 47 RBI)
- 1B Clint Robinson (.304, 12 HR, 56 RBI)
- DH Tony Abreu (.319, 7 HR, 58 RBI)
- RF David Lough (.287, 7 HR, 50 RBI)
- 3B Anthony Seratelli (.285, 15 HR, 55 RBI)
- LF Derrick Robinson (.274, 2 HR, 20 RBI)
- C Adam Moore (.318, 1 HR, 5 RBI)
ROUND ROCK, Texas – Texas Rangers first baseman Mitch Moreland is scheduled to join the Round Rock Express for a rehab assignment Monday and Tuesday at The Dell Diamond. Monday’s game is against the Omaha Storm Chasers, while Tuesday’s game is against the Albuquerque Isotopes. Both games are scheduled for 7:05 p.m. CDT.
Moreland, 26, was placed on the disabled list June 22 with a left hamstring strain. He is hitting .272 (43-for-158) with 10 homers and 25 RBI in 55 games with the Rangers this season. Moreland broke into the majors during the 2010 season after hitting .289 (102-for-353) with 12 homers and 65 RBI for then-Rangers Triple-A affiliate Oklahoma City. He hit .259 (120-for-464) with 16 homers and 51 RBI in 134 games with Texas last season.
Tickets are available through the Express ticket office at (512) 255-2255 or online at www.RoundRockExpress.com. Monday also is Dollar Hot Dog and Sodas Night, presented by Mrs Baird’s. Tickets for all Tuesday games are buy one, get one free.